CUTransitions Talks

Date: Monday, 3rd of February, 2020
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: Building EW, Room 110, Hawthorn Campus

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A blueprint for the effective coupling of participatory and modelling methods for developing sustainability pathways

The debate on global environmental and societal change has increasingly favoured co-developing pathways with stakeholders for achieving just and democratic trade-offs among global sustainability objectives. Various combinations of participatory and modelling methods—leading to potentially different outcomes—can be used to design socially robust pathways that draw on a diverse range of stakeholder values and perspectives. We suggest a framework that enables researchers and practitioners to analyse the diversity of alternative methods for drawing robust pathways with stakeholders, before prematurely selecting few dominant methods. The framework also enables a fit-for-purpose stakeholder engagement by investigating what method(s) at each step better suit the problem at hand and when the selected method(s) need to change if a challenge or opportunity arises during the implementation. Our motivation is to advance the development of sustainability pathways by using a bespoke combination of methods for stakeholder engagement in a way that is less biased to the disciplinary background and previous experiences of the research team.

A one hour seminar including 15 minutes for discussion.

CUTransitions Talks are lunchtime learning sessions held at the Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne Hawthorn Campus. If you would like to register your interest in presenting your work in our weekly Talks, please contact Dr Iris Levin on



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Speaker: Enayat A. Moallemi

Enayat A. Moallemi is a Research Fellow at Centre for Integrative Ecology, Deakin University, in Melbourne, Australia. His research is focused on computational and participatory approaches for modelling coupled human–natural systems under deep uncertainty. Enayat's research is applied to a range of areas — including renewable energy systems, sustainable mobility systems, and the Sustainable Development Goals — for informing robust decision making. Enayat obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne (2013-2017), where he worked on model-based energy policy analysis. In his PhD, Enayat developed a transition-theoretical framework and an exploratory system dynamics model for investigating future energy transition pathways under uncertainty. Enayat was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft in May-July 2016 and a visiting researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany in April-July 2018.

Twitter: @EnayatMoallemi