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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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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Scholarship // Graduate Research Assistants (Food-energy-water systems (FEWS))

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) has openings for two graduate students to work on an NSF-funded collaborative research project, involving seven research institutes including academia and national laboratories. The goal of this project is to explore contemporary and future challenges to food-energy-water systems (FEWS) of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, in light of climate change and its extremes.

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SDGs

Publication // The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Insights into resilient development

By SAB Miller and WWF (World Wildlife Fund). This collaborative report looks at 16 countries or states, comparing the ways in which their development patterns have managed their different mixes of resources and different capacities to make use of those resources.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // The Development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a Framework for Achieving Resource Security: A Review

By Gareth B. Simpson and Graham P. W. Jewitt. This paper presents a study of the evolution of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus since its rise to prominence in policy and development discourses in 2011. Drawing from an extensive review of published literature, the paper presents various interpretations of the concept while also considering the novelty of the WEF nexus.

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