FRS Pop-Up Social Science Lab
Public good games are set up in a pop-up lab in an experiment to determine strategies for energy savings, aimed at making energy demand more sustainable and resilient.
Under the lead of FRS principal investigator Professor Renate Schubert, the Incubator room at the Singapore-ETH Centre has been transformed into a pop-up lab enabling experimental research in the social sciences.
The first experiment currently running in the temporary lab focuses on the question of whether cooperative behaviour will be stable or suppressed after an exogenous shock. The experiment involves 500 to 600 Singaporean students who will play public good games under different framework conditions.
The motivation behind this experiment is to find out the possibilities to enhance individuals’ energy savings. Saving energy contributes to the public good, including mitigating climate change and improving the natural environment. Under 'normal' circumstances, many people might be inclined to cooperate and contribute to the public good.
Yet, an interesting question is whether individuals will still behave in a cooperative way or whether they will switch to a more or less cooperative behaviour during and after a 'shock' such as haze phases, economic problems, or political instabilities.
Professor Schubert and her team set up the experiment as part of the research under the module Making Energy Demand More Sustainable and Resilient Further experiments to investigate factors behind resilient energy demand will follow in the rest of the year.
The pop-up lab infrastructure will be available to Future Resilient Systems and Future Cities Laboratory researchers and other CREATE scientists (should capacity allow).