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Casper Harteveld



  • Higher Ed: Engineering, Higher Ed: Other, Researcher, Evaluator 


Dr. Casper Harteveld is an Assistant Professor of Game Design at the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University, has affiliated appointments in Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and with the School of Law, and works closely with faculty in Marine Science and Public Policy. He earned his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis & Management. With these interdisciplinary degrees he learned how to combine the social sciences with engineering to study societal issues such as natural disasters and climate change, and specialized in the use of modeling, simulation, and gaming to explore these issues. He also acquired a BS in Psychology from Leiden University in order to get a better understanding of human behavior as humans are key for understanding complex socio-technical systems.

Dr. Hartevelds research focuses on using games to study and improve decision-making, and through these efforts both to advance our knowledge and to engage a broad cross-section of people globally about societal issues. He applies games especially in areas where it is challenging to study and educate in natural environments and collects detailed and expansive behavioral data in a controlled manner. Through this work, he tries to make sense of the past, present, and future, whether about nuclear deterrence or the use of green energy, and use that to understand and inform decision-making. His long-term goal is to establish computational collaborative sensemaking: to engage the public or particular communities with the support of computing technologies in the study and education of decision making on societal issues.

Working across all disciplines, from marine science and civil engineering to business and public policy, Dr. Harteveld has designed and evaluated games on flooding, urban heat islands, debris collection, and pro se litigants. He is a strong proponent of integrating research and education and a significant portion of his work is devoted to translating research outcomes to the classroom or informal settings, in order to make sure that the next generation is ready to deal with the societal challenges of the 21st Century.

For his work, Dr. Harteveld was awarded the Young Talent Prize of Information Systems, Special Prize for best dissertation in simulation & gaming, a Faculty Scholar fellowship, and three National Science Foundation awards. He is also a National Science Foundation Fellow of the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers program.


games, simulation, decision making, engineering education, sustainability, resilience