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Brazil // Research Project and Competition "(Re) Connect the Nexus"

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) funded research project aims to examine young people's (aged 10-24) understandings, experiences and participation in the food-water-energy nexus in Brazil. The project has issued a food-water-energy video competition for young people.


Recent research about the food-water-energy nexus has tended to focus on flows (e.g. between producers and consumers) and ways of governing the nexus. However, there is a real need to examine how people (especially young people) understand, learn about and participate in the nexus, in their everyday lives. Only by doing so can we address crucial concerns - such as persistently high levels of poverty amongst Brazil's children, their unequal access to nexus resources, their resilience to nexus threats, and the role of education in addressing the those threats in the future.

About the Competition

This competition is being run as part of the (Re)Connect the Nexus research project, exploring young people's relationship and understanding of the food, water, energy nexus.  This competition is open to all young people, around the world, to gather different interpretations and experiences of the nexus in everyday life.

Who can enter?

  • The 'Food-Water-Energy' challenge is open to any school, college, university or youth organisation.
  • Entries are welcome from young people under the age of 25.
  • Entries are welcome from individuals or teams of up to four people.

Video Requirements

  • Videos must not exceed 3 minutes in length
  • Videos must address the theme 'Food, water and energy in my everyday life'
  • Please be aware of using soundtracks and images in your video, if these do not have copyright permission they will not be able to be uploaded on to YouTube for online voting.

Submitting Your Entry

  • A representative from each school, university, college or youth organisation will submit entries on behalf of young people (those under 18)
  • The submitting organisation is responsible for obtaining permission of all young people who appear in the video and for this appearing on You Tube
  • Upon submission entants must agree to the piece being used by the research team (as data, in project presentations and reports)
  • Complete the application form
  • Upload your entry to Dropbox (or other file sharing site) and submit to nexus@contacts.bham.ac.uk
  • Deadline for submissions: 31st December, 2016


First Prize:

  • £300 (Amazon vouchers) for the submitting organisation.
  • £150 (Amazon vouchers) for the winning entry.

Second Prize:

  • £150 (Amazon vouchers) for the submitting organisation.
  • £100 (Amazon vouchers) for the winning entry

Winning entries will be announced in March and publicised through an extensive media campaign.  Young participants will be asked to write a piece for the project website.

If you have any questions about the competition, please email: nexus@contacts.bham.ac.uk

More info: Foodwaterenergynexus.com

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