Resources

Capacity Building

Publication // A 40-year review of food–energy–water nexus literature and its application to the urban scale

By Newell, J. P., Goldstein, B., & Foster, A. (2019). What research exists to date on the FEW nexus? How have scholars conceptualized these interactions at the urban scale? What are some promising approaches? Where are the research gaps? To answer these questions, this paper conducts a quantitative review of the academic literature on the FEW nexus (1399 publications) over more than four decades (1973–2017), followed by in-depth analysis of the most influential papers using an evaluation matrix...

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Governance

Policy Brief // Introducing Societal Metabolism Analysis via ‘MuSIASEM'

By Kerry A. Waylen, Kirsty L. Blackstock, Keith B. Matthews, Mario Giampietro. This paper introduces the Societal Metabolism Analysis, which is at the heart of the MAGIC project. It offers a way to characterise patterns of consumption and production associated with the metabolic patterns of different systems, thus enabling analysts to look across sectors and scales. It was developed by "MAGIC Nexus", a project by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

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Climate Change

Publication // The environmental footprint of transport by car using renewable energy

Holmatov, B. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2020). This paper compares and contrast carbon, land and water footprints per driven km in midsize cars utilizing conventional gasoline, biofuels, bioelectricity, solar electricity and solar‐based hydrogen.

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Governance

Policy Brief // Sharing societal metabolism insights with European Policymakers: Main messages for policy makers

Blackstock KL, Matthews KB, Waylen KA, Juarez-Bourke A, Miller DG, Wardell-Johnson D, Guimarães-Pereira A, Cadillo-Benalcazar J, Kovacic Z, Renner A, Ripa M & Giampietro M. This policy brief analyses the problems existing within approaches of five policy areas pursued in the European Union and the UN SDGs. It was developed by "MAGIC Nexus", a project by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

 

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Governance

Policy Brief // Europe’s contribution to the SDGs via Sustainable Agriculture

Kerry A. Waylen, Kirsty L. Blackstock, Keith B. Matthews, Alba Juarez-Bourke (The James Hutton Institute). This policy brief highlights how actions designed to support the SDGs within the EU may have detrimental consequences outside Europe. This is illustrated through the example of sustainable agriculture, which contributes to several SDGs. It was developed by "MAGIC Nexus", a project by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // Management of transboundary water resources in the Danube and the Sava River Basins

By Aksulu Kushanova (CAREC). This study conveys knowledge and information on the management of transboundary water resources by acknowledging the importance of the WEF Nexus in the Danube and Sava River Basins. It narrates the institutional and legislative frameworks within the sectoral characteristics on the management of two River Basins: the Danube River Basin, which is the largest and the most international one in Europe, and the Sava River Basin, which serves as the greatest tributary to...

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Governance

Policy Brief // European Agriculture: Is it possible to promote both competitiveness and environmental sustainability?

Kerry A. Waylen, Kirsty L. Blackstock, Keith B. Matthews, Alba Juarez-Bourke, Mike Rivington, Dave G. Miller, Doug Wardell-Johnson (The James Hutton Institute). This policy brief used a ‘societal metabolism analysis’ to identify quantitative, multi-scale assessments of changes in the funds and flows of land, human time, materials, energy and money to propose changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The focus is thus on understanding the mix of biophysical and socio-economic resources...

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Governance

Publication // Mapping Policy for Solar Irrigation Across the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in India

By Christopher Beaton, Purva Jain, Mini Govindan, Vibhuti Garg, Rashmi Murali, Dimple Roy, Andrea Bassi, Georg Pallaske. This paper seeks to assist policy-makers and researchers in India who are working to promote the uptake of off-grid, solar-powered pumps for groundwater irrigation (“off-grid solar pumps”).

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Research

Publication // RE-thinking Access to Energy Business Models: Ways to Walk the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Talk in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Marco Aresti, Amy Barclay, Paolo Cherubini, Olivier Dubois, Florent Eveillé, Davide Fioriti , Valeria Gambino, Christian Gertig, Andrés González García, Andrea Micangeli, John Shehata, Susan Stritzke, Carlo Tacconelli, Luca Traini, Philipp Trotter, Stephan van den Berg, Timothy Volk. An analysis of the technical, regulatory and financial challenges and opportunities was carried out to clearly identify the most viable and scalable business models for mini-grid projects. The results confirm...

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // Payment for Ecosystem Services and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Securing Resource Flows for the Auffluent?

by Jean Carlo Rodríguez-de-Francisco, Bibiana Duarte-Abadía and Rutgerd Boelens. In this paper, the authors evaluate a Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme from a multi-scalar and political-ecology perspective in order to reveal different power dynamics across the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus perspective.

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