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Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  25 Sep 2017

Urban Nexus // The water-energy-food nexus: An integration agenda and implications for urban governance

By Francesa Artioli, Michele Acuto and Jenny McArthur. This paper aims to ‘urbanise' the nexus agenda and consider the implications of policy integration for urban governance. This examines the nexus in the context of current approaches to urban governance and power relations shaping the provision of water, energy and food in urban areas. Urban infrastructure networks underpin these resource systems and related management systems, although their management tends to operate in silos, with little joint decision-making and planning.

The water-energy-food nexus has achieved considerable prominence across academic research and policy sectors. The nexus sets an imperative for integrated management and policymaking, centring on the potential trade-offs and complementarities between interdependent water, energy and food systems. Applications of the nexus focus largely on technical or managerial solutions and calls to acknowledge the political dimension of nexus interdependencies have implications for governance at the urban scale.

This paper aims to ‘urbanise' the nexus agenda and consider the implications of policy integration for urban governance. This examines the nexus in the context of current approaches to urban governance and power relations shaping the provision of water, energy and food in urban areas. Urban infrastructure networks underpin these resource systems and related management systems, although their management tends to operate in silos, with little joint decision-making and planning.

Three hypotheses about the interplay between integrative policy framings and urban governance are explored to reconcile integrative policy framings at the urban scale: the appropriation of the nexus narrative by urban governments; re-establishment of political power through integrated management, and implementation of the nexus through smart city approaches. These hypotheses progress the political dimension of the nexus debate and reflect on the role of urban governance in addressing global challenges.

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Policy Papers  |  , Resource  |  20 Feb 2018

Food-Migration Nexus // At the Root of Exodus: Food Security, Conflict and International Migration

This study by the World Food Programme aims at determining the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives voice to people...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  19 Feb 2018

Desalination // Solar desalination coupled with water remediation and molecular hydrogen production: a novel solar water-energy nexus

By Seonghun Kim, Guangxia Piao, Dong Suk Han, Ho Kyong Shonc and Hyunwoong Park. In this article, a novel sunlight-water-energy nexus technology is presented that combines the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) desalination of saline...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  16 Feb 2018

Sustainability // Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots

The paper of Bassel Daher Rabi H. Mohtar , Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Kent E. Portney, Ronald Kaiserand Walid Saad explores the multiple dimensions of water, energy, and food systems and their interaction with government,...› more