Thesis subject

Participatory modelling for tourist water consumption

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 Dr Reyes Perez (right) for more information.

The SIMTWIST Project (Simulating Tourism Water Consumption with Stakeholders) aims to address water scarcity in mass-tourism destinations by developing different measures to overcome this. The case studies are in Benidorm (Spain) and Rimini (Italy). One of the Work Packages involves Participatory Modelling (PM), aiming to involve the stakeholders throughout the project. PM involves interviews, surveys, and several iterations that will aid to come up with a well-defined water system that is recognized by all stakeholders. Another activity is the development of a Serious Role-Playing Game. This game will be created for stakeholders, where they will exchange roles in order to create awareness of the challenges that each party faces within the water system for the case-study areas.

Possible thesis topics include:

  • The development of a framework to carry out Participatory Modelling in coastal mass-tourism areas;
  • The conceptual and actual development of a role-playing game (prototype development, testing, playing of several rounds and analysis of results) in Benidorm and/or Rimini;
  • Exploring the added value of Participatory Modelling for policy development to overcome water scarcity in mass-tourism destinations based on fieldwork data.