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Workshop Summary // Maps, Measures and Narratives for Transdisciplinary Research - A workshop for the ESRC Nexus Network

The report summarises the activities and discussions at the workshop coordinated by the ESRC Nexus Network at the UCL Institute of Global Prosperity on 1 May 2018. It offers some conclusions and recommendations drawn from the insights provided by the participants, who were all researchers with experience of working on transdisciplinary research projects.

Background

Since its launch in June 2014, the Nexus Network has supported transdisciplinary research at the food-water-energy-environment (WEFE) nexus, and created meaningful links between communities of researchers, policymakers, business leaders and practitioners. Part of this work has focused on developing insights into tools and methodologies for nexus thinking and practice.

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Transdisciplinary nexus-related research demands methodological pluralism, harnessing a range of techniques for engagement between diverse stakeholders. The act of engagement does not simply take place within academic disciplines. The design, implementation and interpretation of the entire research or appraisal process is conducted as an equal collaborative partnership with disparate wider interests beyond the practitioners themselves.

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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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