event 03 Jul 2018

Nexus Assessment // When Defining Boundaries for Nexus Analysis, Let the Data Speak

By Oliver Taherzadeh, Mike Bithell, Keith Richards. Within this study, the authors describe how the partiality of the FEW-nexus overlooks major pathways of resource use (i) within the food system and (ii) across the wider burden of human activity. As a result, we argue FEW-centric analysis is more likely to disguise rather than reveal key opportunities for integrated environmental management.

category Research Papers, Publications and Books tag Nexus Methodology tag Modelling and Assessment
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A policy and research agenda has emerged in recent years to understand the interconnected risks natural resource systems face and drive. The so-called ‘Food-Energy-Water’ (FEW) nexus has served as a focal point for the conceptual, theoretical and empirical development of this agenda. This special issue provides an opportunity to reflect on whether natural resource use, as viewed through the FEW-nexus lens, provides a useful basis for guiding integrated environmental management.


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October 2018


Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 137, October 2018, Pages 314–315

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