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Research Papers, Publications and Books

Node and Regime // Interdisciplinary Analysis of Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Mekong Region

By Tira Foran. Understanding complex phenomena such as the water-energy-food nexus (resource nexus) requires a more holistic, interdisciplinary inquiry. Spurred by a sense of imbalance in approaches to the nexus dominated by integrated assessment/complex systems methodologies, the author reexamines the findings and recommendations of a major nexus research-for-development project in the Mekong region.

The concept of 'regime of provisioning', a synthesis of social science concepts related to meso-level social order, allows essential political economy and discursive elements of the resource nexus to be analysed. I show that socio-political regimes constrain societal investment in three 'nodes' of the nexus previously identified as critical to manage sustainably: energy efficiency, wild-capture fisheries, and diversified smallholder agriculture. I discuss implications for the 'nexus' as a new policy agenda and offer three propositions for ongoing inquiry and inclusive practice.

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Water Alternatives 8 (1): 655-674

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Water Utilities // Smart Solution to Improve Water-Energy Nexus for Water Supply Systems

By Jorge Helmbrechta, Jordi Pastorb and Carolina Moyac. The Water-Energy Nexus is considered as one of the most important multidisciplinary challenges that the global growing water market has to face in the forthcoming years. The current trend of water transmission system to the creation of DMAs (District Metered Areas) offers great possibilities of non-structural solutions that use existing data and transform them into useful information to support decision making. This paper presents a smart...

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Machine learning for Energy-Water Nexus // Challenges and Opportunities

By Syed Mohammed Arshad Zaidi, Varun Chandola, Melissa R. Allen, Jibonananda Sanyal, Robert N. Stewart, Budhendra L. Bhaduri, and Ryan A. McManamay. Modeling the interactions of water and energy systems is important to the enforcement of infrastructure security and system sustainability. To this end, recent technological advancement has allowed the production of large volumes of data associated with functioning of these sectors. We are beginning to see that statistical and machine learning...

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The Challenges of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production // From Unilocal to Comparative Research

By David Simon, Henrietta Palmer, Jan Riise, Warren Smit and Sandra Valencia. The implementation of the WEF Nexus approach calls for transdisciplinary and comparative knowledge production and research. This reflective paper surveys the lessons learnt and challenges faced by the Mistra Urban Futures (MUF) research centre and its research platforms in Sweden, the UK, South Africa and Kenya in developing and deploying different forms of transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge. Considerable...

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