Companion Modelling

A Participatory Approach to Support Sustainable Development

  • Michel Étienne

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. François Bousquet, Michel Étienne, Patrick d’Aquino
    Pages 1-12
  3. Olivier Barreteau, François Bousquet, Michel Étienne, Véronique Souchère, Patrick d’Aquino
    Pages 13-40
  4. William’s Daré, Cécile Barnaud, Patrick d’Aquino, Michel Étienne, Christine Fourage, Véronique Souchère
    Pages 41-67
  5. Christophe Le Page, Géraldine Abrami, Olivier Barreteau, Nicolas Becu, Pierre Bommel, Aurélie Botta et al.
    Pages 69-101
  6. Raphaël Mathevet, Martine Antona, Cécile Barnaud, Christine Fourage, Guy Trébuil, Sigrid Aubert
    Pages 103-125
  7. Cécile Barnaud, Patrick d’Aquino, William’s Daré, Christine Fourage, Raphaël Mathevet, Guy Trébuil
    Pages 127-153
  8. Pascal Perez, Sigrid Aubert, William’s Daré, Raphaèle Ducrot, Natalie Jones, Jérôme Queste et al.
    Pages 155-187
  9. Nicolas Becu, Pierre Bommel, Aurelie Botta, Christophe Le Page, Pascal Perez
    Pages 189-209
  10. Sigrid Aubert, Christine Fourage, AnneMarie Van Paassen, Pascal Perez, Raphaël Mathevet, Cécile Barnaud et al.
    Pages 211-231
  11. William’s Daré, AnneMarie Van Paassen, Raphaèle Ducrot, Raphaël Mathevet, Jérôme Queste, Guy Trébuil et al.
    Pages 233-262
  12. Raphaèle Ducrot, Aurélie Botta, Patrick d’Aquino, Martine Antona, Géraldine Abrami, Stefano Farolfi et al.
    Pages 263-290
  13. Michel Étienne, François Bousquet, Christophe Le Page, Guy Trébuil
    Pages 291-309
  14. Michel Étienne
    Pages 311-319
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 321-403

About this book


Sustainable development, including how to involve stakeholders in deciding the future for the land where they live or work, is a crucial current issue. However, the meanings given to both terms – development and sustainable – are so diverse and controversial that a clear methodology is required to establish participatory approaches for the management of renewable natural resources. Companion modelling is one such approach. It is unique in its continuing involvement of stakeholders throughout the approach, the use of models as a way of eliciting representations of the issues at stake and the priority given to the collaborative understanding of the outputs from these models.

The 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.


modelling participatory research sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Étienne
    • 1
  1. 1.INRAMorières les AvignonFrance

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