Participatory Modelling for Resilient Futures: Action for Managing Our Environment from the Bottom-Up, Volume One provides an important contribution to environmental management by introducing an integrative framework for participatory research for better land use and natural resource planning, organized around compelling recent case studies. It is a valuable guide for the increasing number of students looking for solutions in sustainability science and also practitioners who are on the ground working with local communities to improve specific places.
The book was developed in response to the need to provide a clear and synthetic account, in accessible and non-technical language, of the way in which innovative integrative research can help solve real world human-environment interaction problems at a range of levels and scales, e.g., participatory modelling to secure a sustainable future for a natural protected area, working with stakeholders to break the deadlock on renewable energy implementation in Europe or tackling social exclusion and reducing food carbon footprint through local agroecology schemes.
Richard Hewitt. PhD (2014), University of Alcala, Geographical Information Technologies, integration of participatory processes in land use models). Master (2006), University of Newcastle, United Kingdom (Geographical Information Systems), BSc Archaeology (1997), University College London. Member of the technical team of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Madrid, Spain, researcher in spatial land planning in James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK. Principal current research themes include geographical modelling, participatory land planning, and renewable energy. Veronica Hernandez-Jimenez. PhD in Participatory Planning (2007), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Newcastle. Agricultural Engineer (2001), Polytechnic University of Madrid. Founding member of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Madrid, Spain. Researcher and practitioner in rural planning and landscape, food systems and agroecology, transition initiatives and resilient communities applying participatory action research from local to global scales. Blanca Ocon. Master in Planning and Rural Development (2005), Polytechnic University of Madrid. Agricultural Engineer: Rural engineering (2001), Polytechnic University of Madrid. Founding member of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Cantabria, Spain. Teacher at a Technological Institute of agriculture and livestock, Cantabria, Spain. Maria Encinas. PhD in Landscape analysis (2000), Polytechnical University of Madrid. Biology Bachelor (1993), Autonomous University of Madrid. Researcher in landscape planning and biodiversity, Lecturer at European University of Madrid (1999-2008). Project Coordinator at Global Biodiversity Information Facility Spain (2008-2011). Manager at En las Nubex, environmental awareness on nature (2011-2017). Collaborator of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Extremadura, Spain Lara Roman. PhD in Agroecology, Social Sciences and Rural Development (2016), University of Andalusia and Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies. Agronomist (2001) Polytechnic University of Madrid. Researcher and trainer of rural development and agroecology, specialised in participatory action research. Founding Member of the Observatory for a Culture of the Territory (OCT), Madrid, Spain. Ana Zazo Moratalla. PhD (2015), Technical University of Madrid (Peripheries, Sustainability and Urban Vitality). Master (2010), Technical University of Madrid (Urban Studies), Architect (2006) Academic at the University of Bio Bio (Concepcion, Chile). Collaborating member of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Madrid, Spain. technical team of the Observatory for a Culture of Territory (OCT), Madrid, Spain, researcher in spatial land planning in James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK. Principal current research themes include urban food systems, participatory land planning, and rural-urban linkages.