Thesis subject

A participatory modelling approach for tourist water demand issues in Rimini (Italian speaking student)

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 behavior of tourism stakeholders at the micro-level. The project has two case-study areas: Benidorm and Rimini.

This thesis project entails: 1) carrying out online interviews with different stakeholders in Rimini to identify different perceptions on key issues; 2) drawing concept models from these interviews and refine the models with recordings of interviews identifying key feedback loops; 3) analyzing the data using several tools. The results of the thesis project will inform the development of an agent-based model.