Welcome to the on-line learning platform of the Participia project.

This platform is based on Moodle, an open-source learning environment. It provides the list of courses (including syllabus, teaching material, reading assignments, and essay/research assignment) developed under the Participia project.

The courses' syllabus are currently being designed by the Participia project partners. They are intended to be implemented as independent modules or as an entire Master’s Program entitled "Participatory Integrated Assessment of Energy Systems".

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    Coordination: Matthias Kaiser (UiB) and Mario Giampietro (UAB)
    Provisional working group: Lapologang Magole (UB), Elaine Fouche (SU), John van Breda (SU), Silvio Funtowicz (UiB), Gonzalo Gamboa (UAB), Zora Kovacic (UAB)

    Contents: Quality check on the process of production and use of quantitative information for governance; Improve the relevance, plausibility and usefulness of narratives, models and indicators in relation to a specific problem and specific social actors;  Governance for sustainability; Participatory processes.

    Coordination: Jannie Hofmeyr (SU) and Mario Giampietro (UAB)
    Provisional working group: Josephine Musango (SU), Cheddi Kiravu (UB)

    Contents: The implications of complexity for quantitative science: challenges for modeling, exploring viability domains, studying trajectories of development, agent based modeling, system dynamics, analysis of stability, resilience.

    Coordination: François Diaz-Maurin (UAB)
    Provisional working group: Cheddi Kiravu (UB), Gideon Gope (PoN), Alan Brent (SU), Mario Giampietro (UAB)

    Contents: How to integrate an analysis of the feasibility, viability and desirability of the metabolic pattern integrating different dimensions – energy, food, water, land uses - across different scales; MuSIASEM approach (Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism) using a prototype analysis of a country and a village; Use of the Environmental Impact Matrix for the analysis of feasibility/external constraints; Use of the Multi-Level End Uses Matrix for the analysis of viability/internal constraints.

    Coordination: Felipe Yunta (UAM)
    Provisional working group: Lapologang Magole (UB), Kelebogile Mfundisi (UB), Edwin Mosimanyana (UB), Maduako Okorie (PoN), José Antonio Rodríguez Esteban (UAM)

    Contents: Use of remote sensing and GIS tools for environmental accounting; Definition and use of the Environmental Impact Matrix; Participatory Mapping. Practical case studies will be used to illustrate the applications of the approach.

    Coordination: Antonio Vázquez (UAM), Zora Kovacic (UAB), PoN, UB and/or SU teams
    Provisional working group: Kasnath Kavezeri (PoN), Andrew Obokopok (UB), Roberto Nello (UAM), Mario Giampietro (UAB), Gonzalo Gamboa (UAB)

    Contents: social, economic and political dimensions of endogenous development, role of innovation, institutional analysis, local production and international markets.

    Coordination: Ulpiano Ruiz-Rivas (UC3M)
    Provisional working group: Alan Brent (SU), Candidus Tomeka (PoN), Kelebaone Tsamaase (UB), Andrew Obokopok (UB), Miriam Bueno Lorenzo (UC3M), Jorge Martinez Crespo (UC3M), Carolina Marugán-Cruz (UC3M), Marco Raugei (UPF), François Diaz-Maurin (UAB)

    Contents: Using basic knowledge to extract from available characteristics of relevant technologies some key parameters for energy assessment, and be able to discuss critically their reliability and application.

    An optional Module '6bis' may have to be added  if a general introduction to energy systems is not available in the host University.

    Coordination: Mario Giampietro (UAB)
    Working group: All Participia consortium members

    Contents: Societal Multi-Criteria Evaluation; Guided examples of how to put the tools together

    Working group: All Participia consortium members

    Contents: Case study or Research project to be agreed upon by student and supervisor.

    Coordination: Gideon Gope (PoN) and François Diaz-Maurin (UAB)
    Working group: Maduako Okorie (PoN), Candidus Tomeka (PoN), Miguel Castro (UAM), Felipe Yunta (UAM), Ulpiano Ruiz-Rivas (UC3M), Miriam Bueno-Lorenzo (UC3M), Javier Villa-Briongos (UC3M).

    Contents: The case study of Namibia provides an example of a participatory integrated assessment of the energy sector at national level. In practical terms the case study illustrates how to organize quantitative data in relation to three distinct tasks: (i) diagnostic – describe the current energy matrix in Namibia; (ii) simulator - run a few scenarios of possible changes to the existing energy matrix based on relevant policy options considered at the moment by the Government of Namibia; (iii) deliberative support – organize this integrated analysis into a presentation to be used for an informed deliberation about the priorities of changes (based on the diagnostic) and on the pros and cons of possible scenarios (based on the simulator).

    Coordination: Lapolagang Magole (UB) and François Diaz-Maurin (UAB)
    Working group: Cheddi Kiravu (UB), Kelebogile Mfundisi (UB), Edwin Mosimanyana (UB), Andrew Obokopok (UB), Felipe Yunta (UAM), Angela María Zapata Bastidas (UAM), Roberto Nello (UAM)

    Contents: The case study of Botswana provides an example of a participatory integrated assessment of energy access at community level in rural context. The objective of the Botswana case study is to investigative land use change dynamics in a rural village setting. The case study will serve as a guiding example to give direction on how to include participatory mechanisms, conduct participatory mapping techniques, identify factors in defining poverty both from an economic and a biophysical perspective and evaluate possible alternative energy options in a rural village context.

    Coordination: Suzanne Smit (SU) and Zora Kovacic (UAB)
    Working group: Alan Brent (SU), Josephine K. Musango (SU), Felipe Yunta (UAM)

    Contents: The case study of South Africa provides an example of a participatory integrated assessment of energy access at community level in marginal urban context. The objective of the South Africa case study is to characterize changes in the pattern of energy metabolism of households in a marginal urban community. The case study will focus on a multi-criteria evaluation and the choice of a renewable supply of electricity in an informal settlement. The guiding example should provide a set of relevant information required in order to have a deliberative process (or simulation exercise) about possible options and a practical example of decision-making (e.g., choosing among alternative systems of electricity generation).