Participatory Design of Multi-Use Platforms at Sea
Journal article, 2016

European oceans are subject to rapid development. New activities such as aquaculture and ocean energy have gained importance. This triggers interest in “multi-use platforms at sea” (MUPS), i.e., areas at sea in which different activities are combined. MUPS are complex features with regards to technology, governance, and financial, socioeconomic, and environmental aspects. To identify realistic and sustainable solutions and designs for MUPS, the MERMAID project applied a participatory design process (PDP) involving a range of stakeholders representing companies, authorities, researchers, and NGOs. This paper evaluates if and how the participatory design process contributed to the design of multi-use platforms. It is based on interviews with the managers of the case study sites and a questionnaire administered to all stakeholders participating in the PDP workshops. Analyzing the four case studies, we conclude that the participatory design process has had a valuable contribution to the development of the four different designs of MUPS, even though the preconditions for carrying out a participatory design process differed between sites. In all four cases, the process has been beneficial in generating new and shared knowledge. It brought new design issues to the table and increased knowledge and understanding among the different stakeholders.

Author

S. van den Burg

LEI Wageningen UR

M. Stuiver

Wageningen University and Research

Jenny Norrman

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GeoEngineering

Rita Coelho Steiger Garção

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, GeoEngineering

T. Soderqvist

Enveco Environmental Economics Consultancy

C. Rockmann

Wageningen University and Research

J. J. Schouten

Deltares

O. Petersen

DHI Water - Environment - Health

R. G. Garcia

University of Cantabria

P. Diaz-Simal

University of Cantabria

M. de Bel

Deltares

L. M. Aja

University of Cantabria

F. Zagonari

University of Bologna

B. Zanuttigh

University of Bologna

J. Sarmiento

University of Cantabria

A. Giannouli

International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy

Athens University of Economics and Business

P. Koundouri

Athens University of Economics and Business

International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy

London School of Economics and Political Science

Sustainability

2071-1050 (ISSN)

Vol. 8 2 Art. no. 127- 127

Innovative Multi-purpose off-shore platforms: planning, Design and operation (MERMAID)

European Commission (FP7), 2012-01-01 -- 2015-12-31.

Subject Categories

Ecology

DOI

10.3390/su8020127

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