The world of development thinkers and practitioners is abuzz with a new lexicon: the idea of "the nexus" between water, food and energy which is institutively compelling. It promises better integration of multiple sectoral elements, a better transition to greener economies and sustainable development. However, there appears to be little agreement on its precise meaning, whether it only complements existing environmental governance approaches or how it can be enhanced in national contexts.
One current approach to the nexus treats it as a risk and security matter while another treats it within economic rationality addressing externalities across sector. A third perspective acknowledges it as a fundamentally political process requiring negotiation amongst different actors with distinct perceptions, interests and practices. This perspective highlights the fact that technical solutions for improving coherence within the nexus may have unintended and negative impacts in other policy areas, such as poverty alleviation and education.
This book will be of interest to academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the fields of international development studies, environmental politics, science and technology studies as well as international relations.
- Introduction – Nexus and Nexuses
- A critique of the global hegemonic nexus narratives
- Integration for whom? Learning from the past
- The Knowledge Nexus and Transdisciplinarity
- Hybrid governance and grounding the nexus
- Nexus rights and justice
- Ethics and the nexus
- Conclusion: ‘Democratising’ the nexus
- Jeremy Allouche is a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a member of the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre.
- Carl Middleton is Director of the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) and Deputy Director of the Master of Arts in International Development Studies (MAIDS) programme in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
- Dipak Gyawali is Pragya (Academician) of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and was Nepal’s Minister of Water Resources in 2002/2003. He conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface of technology and society, mostly from the perspectives of Cultural Theory.
18 March 2019
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