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Online Seminar // The Nexus and International Relations: The Case of Hydropower Projects and the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

UNU-FLORES, in collaboration with PRISMA – Centre for Sustainability Assessment and Policy on behalf of TU Dresden, presents the 58th seminar in the Nexus Seminar Series on the Nexus and International Relations.

Nexus seminar series 17 jan

17 January 2022 | 2:50 - 4:20pm GMT+1

About the Event

This seminar addresses a nexus approach for international relations in hydropower. Given the technical and domestic scope of prevailing nexus research, the seminar will explore a transboundary nexus governance perspective on overcoming cooperation challenges related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and other hydropower dams.

This Nexus Seminar edition will commence with presentations from the four speakers, followed by a panel discussion in which the audience is invited and encouraged to contribute actively by raising questions or comments.

Following the engaging discussion, the seminar will conclude the next steps.


Prof. Dr Raimund Bleischwitz has recently joined the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) Bremen, Germany, as scientific director. Before, he spent years at University College London as chair in global sustainable resources and director of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources. He is the main editor of the Routledge Handbook on the resource nexus and Adjunct Professor at UNU-FLORES. Raimund has written over 300 publications in journals such as Nature, Nature Sustainability, Global Environmental Change, etc., as well as books (e.g. Want, Waste or War?), reports, and op-eds.

Dr Ines Dombrowsky holds a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and heads the Environmental Governance research programme at the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Her research, grounded in institutional economics and political sciences, focuses on coordination and cooperation in environmental governance across levels, sectors, actor types and scales. A particular thematic focus lies on water and the water-energy-food nexus. She has published widely on water governance issues from transboundary to local scales. She has prior work experience with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, the World Bank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ).

Dr Ana Elisa Cascão is an independent consultant and researcher working in the field of transboundary water management and cooperation. For the past two decades, Ana has worked for several international and regional organisations. Until recently, Ana was an Advisor to GIZ Transboundary Water Cooperation projects in the Nile Basin, providing support to the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI). Previously, she has led major applied research, capacity building and advisory services in transboundary river basins in the MENA, Eastern and Southern Africa regions as Programme Manager at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). Ana holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College London and has authored several academic publications dedicated to hydro political and geopolitical affairs in the Nile Basin. Ana is one of the co-editors and co-authors of the book “The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation” (2018).

Dr Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A thought leader on water for food, she manages IFPRI’s Natural Resources Management Theme and co-leads the Institute’s water research program. She has more than 200 publications in the areas of global water and food security, irrigation, gender-water and gender-climate change linkages on the synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation and on the role of energy in transforming agricultural systems. Claudia has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Bonn and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University.

Nexus Seminar Series

UNU-FLORES, in collaboration with PRISMA – Centre for Sustainability Assessment and Policy on behalf of TU Dresden, is delighted to present the Nexus Seminar Series. The joint seminar series, which launched in 2015, features lectures by senior scholars and successful practitioners that highlight all dimensions of research on the Nexus Approach, ranging from hands-on implementation strategies to theoretical debates. The Nexus Seminars serve not only as a platform for scientific exchange and cooperation between UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden but also as a medium for the partner institutions to discuss their research with a broader audience.

Taking place once a month, each seminar is open to the public and under the current circumstances will be delivered via a virtual Zoom video conference.


To join the event, please register here.

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