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Power Dynamics and Integration in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Learning Lessons for Transdisciplinary Research in Cambodia

By Christian Bréthaut, Louise Gallagher, James Dalton, Jeremy Allouche. This article investigates power-related enabling conditions for integration processes in a situation of water, food and energy conflicts. This is being analysed using the case of a WWF Conservation Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape.

For nexus approaches to be successful in their analysis and influence, integration dynamics must be understood in the context of larger power dynamics. Current analysis barely take this dimension into account.

In this article, the authors aim to delimit and understand the power-related enabling conditions for integration processes in a situation of water, food and energy conflicts in Cambodia. To do so, the authors reflect on their experiences and outcomes in a knowledge co-production approach for identifying nexus indicators in a WWF Conservation Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape.

The authors conduct an analysis of stakeholder and partner qualitative interview data collected within the LIVES (Linked Indicators for Vital Ecosystem Services) project to explore three examples how we engaged with power dynamics in the course of the research. By doing so, this article provides

  1. learning on existing challenges regarding integration in the nexus, then
  2. it analyses effects of coproduction processes when considering power dynamics in the nexus both in terms of stalemate and enabling conditions for reinforced integration.
  3. Finally, this article analyses the role that plays structure and agency in such integration processes.

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Environmental Science & Policy

Published

January 2019

In

Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 94, April 2019, Pages 153-162

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