Computer models are essential for conceptualizing the complex processes that impact places where people live, work and play. We work with communities to co-create understanding of pressing challenges and support their decision-making.
In participatory research frameworks, diverse groups of people with personal or professional stakes in an issue work together to meet some resource challenge. Stakeholders collaborate to frame research questions, guide methodology and decide how to use results for action.
Participatory modeling involves collaboratively building and interpreting simulations that help with predicting alternative futures and weighing trade-offs. Geospatial participatory modeling (GPM) takes the process one step further by involving location-based simulations. GPM confers a range of benefits and is an emerging area of research.
Learn more about the interdisciplinary researchers advancing this frontier:Faculty at the frontier
With a grant from NSF’s Smart & Connected Communities initiative, we are co-designing a serious game with individuals and groups in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The game will address collaboration around stormwater management in the area.
Pest and Pathogens
We partner with researchers, government agencies and other organizations in Oregon to manage the spread of sudden oak death disease. We work with the USDA and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to manage the spread of spotted lanternfly.
We work with local organizations and residents of the unincorporated settlement of Johns Island, South Carolina, to identify landscapes valuable for preservation and formulate urban development scenarios using geospatial models of future growth and sea level rise.
Live, work or play in the Triangle region of North Carolina?
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Connecting Power and Place
Faculty Fellow Bethany Cutts combines spatial analysis and interviews to help watershed planners better understand the social vulnerability of communities across time and space. Her approach can help well-intentioned planning groups expand their reach and co-realize greater benefits for an entire watershed.
A Hands-on Model to Fight Tree Disease
Participatory modeling strives to restructure the power relationship between modelers and the stakeholders who rely on model insights by involving these stakeholders directly in model development and application. A research team at the center assessed this approach using sudden oak death disease as a case study.