Capacity Building

Publication // Developing leaders to tackle wicked problems at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems

By Wade, A. A., Grant, A., Karasaki, S., Smoak, R., Cwiertny, D., Wilcox, A. C., Yung, L., Sleeper, K. & Anandhi, A. (2020). This paper is focused on the necessity to educate and the skills neeeded by future water, energy and food Nexus scholars to successfully implement and distribute their knowledge gained. This is an excerpt of the original article, that appeared on elementascience.org.

The multiscale, complex challenges at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems (FEWS) demand approaches to graduate education beyond traditional disciplinary training. Here, we present a vision for training FEWS leaders developed by faculty and students from interdisciplinary graduate training programs focused on the FEWS nexus. We discuss the imperative to create interdisciplinary, next-generation FEWS leaders and the core skills and proficiencies such leaders need: employ systems thinking, thrive in interdisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, and engage diverse stakeholders and communities. These skills will prepare students to connect science to innovative, actionable solutions and to successfully lead across a variety of careers. Graduate training that integrates these approaches must, on the one hand, overcome structural, cultural, and financial barriers in higher education, but on the other hand, will help develop a community of practice capable of developing sustainable solutions for the FEWS nexus and other vexing environmental challenges.

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March 2020

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Wade, A. A., Grant, A., Karasaki, S., Smoak, R., Cwiertny, D., Wilcox, A. C., Yung, L., Sleeper, K. & Anandhi, A. (2020). Developing leaders to tackle wicked problems at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems.

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Modelling and Assessment

Publication // Sustainability Indicators and Indices for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus for Performance Assessment: WEF Nexus in Practice – South Africa Case Study

By Nhamo, L., Mabhaudhi, T., Mpandeli, S., Nhemachena, C., Senzanje, A., Naidoo, D., Liphadzi, S. & Modi, A. T. (2019). This paper develops a methodology for indices able to display WEF Nexus performance, monitoring and evaluation, using South Africa as an example.

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Climate Change

Vacancy // Research Associate (Energy Water Climate Nexus)

The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in Texas, USA, is currently looking for a research associate in the field of the Energy-Water-Climate Nexus.

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Virtual Water

Publication // Structure Dynamics and Risk Assessment of Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A Water Footprint Approach

By Zhang, P., Xu, Z., Fan, W., Ren, J., Liu, R., & Dong, X. (2019). This article looks at the water footprint of the WEF-Nexus in several arid areas, with an aim to identify special risk factors. This is an edited excerpt of the original article, which can be accessed below.

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