Course Number: PPUA 5246
Department: Public Policy and Urban Affairs (PPUA)
Studies participatory modeling, a knowledge coproduction and collaborative approach to decision making. The collaborative approach strengthens relationship building, empathy, trust, systems thinking, and collective agency for decision making. Participatory modeling allows researchers and decision makers to coproduce knowledge and shared representations of a complex problem and design and test solutions to address it. Using various modeling techniques (e.g., spatial analysis, causal loop diagraming, fuzzy cognitive mapping), participatory modeling helps elicit diverse stakeholder knowledge and harnesses this diversity to move from conflict to solutions.