Thesis subject

A systems analysis of tourism water consumption in Rimini and 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 destinations of both Benidorm and Rimini 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 framework and subjected to a systems analysis.

This thesis project (or projects: one for Benidorm and one for Rimini) entails 1) making an inventory of key water supply-side elements and their interrelationships; 2) making an inventory of water demand elements of the tourist sector and their interrelations; 3) developing a conceptual model, including supply, demand and their interlinkages, as well as stakeholders; 4) identifying key feedback loops. The results of the thesis project will inform the development of an agent-based model.