Not Another Nexus? Critical Thinking On The "New Security Convergence" in Energy, Food, Climate and Water, London/UK

Colloquium // Not Another Nexus? Critical Thinking On The "New Security Convergence" in Energy, Food, Climate and Water, London/UK

A colloquium with keynote presentations and discussion on recent thinking on the new securities and their nexus organised by Peter Mollinga, Laura Hammond and Anna Lindley (SOAS Development Studies/Centre for Water and Development) and Lyla Mehta, Jeremy Allouche and Alan Nicol (IDS and the STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex).

Is security the new vocabulary of the post-2015 MDG world? If so, what does this tell us about the institutional and political character of the development industry today? What does it mean to securitise water, food, energy and the climate?

Is this securitisation enhancing local people's wellbeing and rights or is it allowing new actors to increase processes of enclosure and commodification of existing limited natural resources? Is securitisation ultimately reducing or increasing the insecurities of poor and marginalised people?

Key presenters

~Dr Larry Swatuk (Waterloo University, Canada) A Nexus for Whom? Water Resources, Social Justice and Environmental Insecurity

~Dr Itay Fishhendler (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel) Who is Securitizing the Environmental Discourse, Why and What are its Potential Implications?

~Dr Richard A. Matthew (Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, USA, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs) Climate Change, Security and Development


Presentations will be followed by a 'fishbowl' discussion with several panelists from academia, policy and practice, which will encourage audience participation. The proceedings of the colloquium will be used to write a Working Paper. All participants will be invited to contribute to the writing process, which will be led by the colloquium's organisers.


Participation is free. However, because of restricted numbers, we request you to register by October 16. To register, please email including your name, affiliation, and your focus interest/question regarding the 'nexus' theme. Registrations will be confirmed not later than 19 October. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

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