Utrecht2040 – Gaming Towards a Sustainable Future


We aim to educate all students about sustainability. For this reason, we want to research what participants learn by playing this game. To do so, we need to collect game data: participants’ answers to questionnaire and statements, their SDG profile’s, their solutions to the challenges (including relevant uploads like photos and videos), as well as the location during these challenges. Once we have analysed and properly deidentified the data, we plan to share our research results with the world, so that participants’ experiences and their challenge solutions can get replicated elsewhere and be used in future research efforts to advance sustainability.

We would like to keep participants’ individual profile data for at least three years or until they leave the university, so that we can study their data at different time points. If participants agree, the next time they play the game their game data from previous game sessions will be included in the data shared with the researchers. Participants can of course change their mind at any time, for any reason.

The game generates a unique and individual username that is derived from the participants’ SolisID. Every time they log into the game (using two-factor authentication), they will have the same username. This username is only known to them and the game administrator and is not visible to other players, who can only see their chosen game name. After the game, researchers will receive only deidentified data, where player usernames and names have been removed. The game data itself is safely stored on secure UU servers.

We take participants’ privacy seriously. The university aims for a careful treatment of the personal data of everyone who works, studies or participates in research here. As a participant in this research, that includes you. For example, participants have the right to withdraw their consent at any time, ask us for a copy of their data, correct it if we get it wrong, ask us to delete it, stop and/or restrict processing it. They can read the full Personal Data Processing of Utrecht University at https://www.uu.nl/sites/default/files/uu_beleid_verwerking_persoonsgegevens_v.1.0_en.pdf you can always contact us at Utrecht2040@uu.nl or directly contact the UU Data Protection Officer R. A. (Artan) Jacquet at privacy@uu.nl.

Likewise, if you have any questions, requests or complaints about this game, you can contact the game staff any time. You can also contact directly the lead researcher, Karin Rebel, at Utrecht2040@uu.nl.

If you would like to learn more about your game data, you can receive a report with insights in the data that is stored about you in context of the Utrecht2040 game.

You also have the right to withdraw from this research at any time. We will then delete your Utrecht2040 account and all the data that is stored about you in context of the Utrecht2040 game.