Research Papers, Publications and Books

Workshop Report // FEW Nexus Stakeholder Information Sharing and Engagement Workshop

The transfer of scientific knowledge into the hands of the stakeholders who will use these outcomes is an essential part of any project. The San Antonio Stakeholder Engagement Workshop “The Water-Energy-Food Nexus (WEF) Stakeholder Information and Engagement Workshop” took place 10 January 2018, at the Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus.

Members of the water, energy, and food sectors came from governmental, business, and civil society institutions in the San Antonio region to interact with academia and learn of the outcomes of the work of the Initiative over the last two years. The Workshop was funded by WEFNI and by NSF award 1739977. The research reported there was also funded in part by NSF grant OAC-1638283. It should also be noted that the work with the San Antonio Case Studies will be continued, in part, through NSF 1739977.


  • Overview of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative, Rabi Mohtar
  • Science Panel
    • Moderator: David Baltensperger
    • Panelists: Bruce Mc Carl, Kent Portney, Valentini Papas, Debalina Sengupta
  • Engagement Session: Are we asking the right questions?
  • Engagement Session: Incentives, limitations, and opportunities of working across disciplines?


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Publication // The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Insights into resilient development

By SAB Miller and WWF (World Wildlife Fund). This collaborative report looks at 16 countries or states, comparing the ways in which their development patterns have managed their different mixes of resources and different capacities to make use of those resources.

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Ecosystems / WEFE Nexus

Publication // The Development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus as a Framework for Achieving Resource Security: A Review

By Gareth B. Simpson and Graham P. W. Jewitt. This paper presents a study of the evolution of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus since its rise to prominence in policy and development discourses in 2011. Drawing from an extensive review of published literature, the paper presents various interpretations of the concept while also considering the novelty of the WEF nexus.

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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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