Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Rehana Shrestha

Date: 23 May 2018
Time: 12:45 - 13:30
Location: UT Waaier 4, Enschede

Dissertation title: 

Interactive map-based support system: Supporting social learning and knowledge co-production in environmental health issues

Group: University of Twente, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management
Promotor: Martin van Maarseveen
Co-promotors: Dr. Johannes Flacke and dr. Javier Martinez


Environmental health issues is a ‘wicked problem’ which is gaining increased attention. Involving various stakeholders from different sectors has been widely endorsed as a way to address, tackle and manage. However, involving heterogeneous stakeholders is not without challenge. In this research we argue that Interactive Map-Based Support Systems – a combination of hardware (MapTable), software, methods and structured facilitation – can support collaboration, deliberation and dialogues among diverse stakeholders. The research attempts to explore the usefulness of such interactive tools to support stakeholders engagement during problem exploration and stakeholder based cumulative burden assessment. Findings suggest that having map based interactive tool in combination can support capturing tacit knowledge among stakeholders, ensuring opportunities for social learning and knowledge co-production. These tools and methods are developed through iterative testing in test workshops. The final results are reported based on the observations, questionnaires survey, screen capture analysis of stakeholder workshops where these tools, methods and approaches are implemented.