Thesis subject

Group-Model Building as part of participatory modelling in Benidorm

The Environmental Systems Analysis Group provides the possibility for students to do their thesis in collaboration with our group. This is one of many possible thesis subjects. Please feel free to contact Maria Reyes Peres MSc PhD (right) for more information.

SIMTWIST (Simulating tourism water consumption with stakeholders) is a three-year European project that aims to inform tourism decision-makers about the effectiveness of a variety of measures to reduce tourism’s water consumption. The project aims to 1) estimate tourism’s share in current and future macro-level water scarcity in the Mediterranean, and 2) study and simulate water-related behaviour of tourism stakeholders at the micro-level. The project has two case-study areas: Benidorm and Rimini. For the tourism destination of Benidorm a significant amount of information is available on the water systems, but this information is fragmented and has not yet been combined into a systems conceptual framework.

This thesis project entails 1) analyze the information produced in an online workshop, 2) design a suitable online methodology for group model building with a group of stakeholders, 3) analyze team and social learning from the Group-Model Building workshop. The results of the thesis project will be part of an agent-based model.