Companion Modelling - A Participatory Approach to Support Sustainable Development

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This book introduces the companion modelling approach by presenting the stance that underpins it, the methods and tools used with stakeholders and the specific role of models during the process. It addresses the means to deal with the different levels of decision-making and to take into account the various power relationships. It proposes a methodology to assess the impact of the approach on the stakeholders involved in the process.

The book includes 27 case studies and 7 teaching tools that describe the successful use of the approach in a variety of settings or teaching contexts. It is intended for researchers working on rural development or renewable resources management, as well as students and teachers.

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Illustrations Note:
XII, 403 p. 72 illus., 35 illus. in color.
Table of Contents:


Introduction; F. Bousquet, M. Étienne and P. d’Aquino

Chapter 1. Companion modelling: a method of adaptive and participatory research; O. Barreteau, F. Bousquet, M. Étienne, V. Souchère and P. d’Aquino

Chapter 2. The commodian stance: interpersonal skills and expertise; W. Daré, C. Barnaud, P. d’Aquino, M. Étienne, C. Fourage, and V. Souchère

Chapter 3. Models for sharing representations;  C. Le Page, G. Abrami, O. Barreteau, N. Becu, P. Bommel, A. Botta, A. Dray, C. Monteil and V. Souchère

Chapter 4. Contexts and dependencies in ComMod processes; R. Mathevet, M. Antona, C. Barnaud, C. Fourage, G. Trébuil, and S. Aubert

Chapter 5. Power asymmetries in companion modelling processes; C. Barnaud, P. d’Aquino, W. Daré, C. Fourage, R. Mathevet, and G. Trébuil

Chapter 6. Assessment and monitoring of the effects of the ComMod approach; P. Perez, S. Aubert, W. Daré, R. Ducrot, N. Jones, J. Queste, G. Trébuil and A. Van Paassen

Chapter 7. How do participants view the technologies used in companion modelling; N. Becu, P. Bommel, A. Botta, C. Le Page and P. Perez

Chapter 8. ComMod: engaged research’s contribution to sustainable development; S. Aubert, C. Fourage, A. van Paassen, P. Perez, R. Mathevet, C. Barnaud and M. Antona

Chapter 9. Learning about interdependencies and dynamics; W. Daré, A. Van Paassen, R. Ducrot, R. Mathevet, J. Queste, G. Trébuil, C. Barnaud and E. Lagabrielle

Chapter 10. The companion modelling approach, changing scales and multiple levels of organization; R. Ducrot, A. Botta, P. d’Aquino, M. Antona, G. Abrami, S. Farolfi, J.-P. Müller, E. Lagabrielle and C. Le Page

Chapter 11. Transferring the ComMod approach; M. Étienne, F. Bousquet, C. Le Page and G. Trébuil

Conclusion – Companion modelling: an adaptive approach?; M. Étienne

Descriptions of 27 case studies

AguAloca – Managing water in a peri-urban catchment area
Camargue – Multi-uses and biodiversity of reed marshes
Domino Réunion – Mediation and foresight on regional land use
Don Hoi Lord – Managing the razor clam fishery
Frêne – Spontaneous reforestation of the Bigorre mountains
Kat Aware – Multi-use allocations of water in South Africa
Lam Dome Yai – Rice production and labour migration in northeastern Thailand
Larq’asninchej – Urbanization and irrigation channels in Bolivia
Larzac – Forest dynamics in the Causse du Larzac
Lingmuteychu – From a water-sharing conflict to the creation of a watershed management institution in Bhutan
Luberon – Livestock farming and landscape dynamics
Mae Salaep – Management of land degradation risk in a highland catchment of upper northern Thailand
Méjan – Invasive pines on the Causse Méjan
Nan – Dispute between communities and a national park
Nîmes-Métropole – Fire prevention, abandonment and urbanization
Njoobaari Ilnoowo – Viability of irrigated systems in Senegal
Ouessant – Shrub encroachment and biodiversity
Pays de Caux – Erosive runoff in an agricultural watershed
Radi – Mediation of a grazing land-use conflict between sedentary and nomad herders in eastern Bhutan
SAGE Drôme – Sharing water in the Drôme river basin
SosteniCAP – Municipalities and drinking water in Bolivia
SugarRice – Land-use change in upper northeast Thailand
Tarawa – Equitable groundwater management on Tarawa Atoll
Ter’aguas – Integrated water and land management in peri-urban areas
Ubon Rice Seeds – Constructing a common representation of the rice seed system in lower northeast Thailand
Ventoux – Fir encroachment and biodiversity in the Ventoux biosphere reserve
Vosges – Shrub encroachment in the northern Vosges valley bottoms

Description of games and models used in the companion modelling process

Cher Ing
Méjan Jeu Biodiv
Njoobari Ilnoowo
Pâture Les Communs
Ruissel Pois
Sylvo Past
Yeun Ellez


List of authors
Étienne, Michel;Étienne
A useful book for decision makers in drawing up strategies, defining research and development programme

A reference for enhancing and developing commercial utilisations for these high-potential resources

Includes supplementary material:

Media Type:
Springer Netherland
Biography Artist:
Michel Étienne, director of research at the Ecodevelopment Unit of INRA at Avignon (France) is a plant ecologist and a modeller. He is one of the leaders of the ComMod group working on companion modelling. He has applied the approach to many sites in France and to several topics related to sustainable development including livestock farming and fire prevention, agricultural development and biodiversity conservation, forest management and landscape dynamics.
Number of Pages:
Éditions Quæ

Master Data

Product Type:
Hardback book
Package Dimensions:
0.234 x 0.157 x 0.028 m;
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