Models are simplifications of reality that help us abstract and zoom into particular features of the system, which are most important for particular problems to solve. This helps to identify feedbacks in the system and understand the trends we can expect. Models can be further analyzed without putting the real systems at risk. Participatory modelling is a purposeful learning process for action that engages the implicit and explicit knowledge of stakeholders to create formalised and shared representation(s) of reality, or models. In this process, the participants co-formulate the problem and use modelling practices to aid in the description, solution, and decision-making actions of the group. Participatory modelling is often used in environmental and resource management contexts. Benefits of this approach include a high level of ownership in decision-making and a structure by which goals and outcomes can be made explicit open to evaluation and revision.
Who is involved?
- Gamification of the participatory modelling
- Bioenergy alternatives to hazard reduction burns
- Energy demand and supply
- Smart cities and wise living
- Gray, Steven, Alexey Voinov, Michael Paolisso, Rebecca Jordan, Todd BenDor, Pierre Bommel, Pierre Glynn, et al. 2017. “Purpose, Processes, Partnerships, and Products: 4Ps to Advance Participatory Socio-Environmental Modelling.” Ecological Applications 0 (June): 1–16. doi:10.1002/eap.1627.
- Voinov, Alexey. 2017. “Participatory Modelling for Sustainability.” Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies.
- Voinov, A., Nagesh Kolagani, Michael K. McCall, Pierre D. Glynn, Marit E. Kragt, Frank O. Ostermann, Suzanne A. Pierce, and Palaniappan Ramu. 2016. “Modelling with Stakeholders – Next Generation.” Environmental Modelling and Software 77: 196–220. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.11.016.
Partners and collaborators
- University of Adelaide
- WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services
- Participatory Modeling Community of Practice
- University of Twente
- Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Ideas for student projects
- From field to landfill: how much food is wasted
- The energy balance of our building: how far are we from being self-sufficient?
- Sustainable campus: what does it mean and how can we create one