event 15 Nov 2016

Urban Nexus // Operationalizing the Urban Nexus: Increasing the Productivity of Cities and Urbanized Nations

By Kathrine Brekke and Jeb Brugmann. In 2014, GIZ and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability published a report, Operationalizing the Urban NEXUS: Towards resource-efficient and integrated cities and metropolitan regions. This study represents the first concerted effort to apply the Nexus concept to cities and urban regions specifically, encouraging new modes of planning and action across institutions, policy arenas and asset operations at the scale of socio-economic organization that is becoming most dominant worldwide: the urban or metropolitan region. The remainder of this articles condenses key points from the full GIZ-ICLEI report.

category Research Papers, Publications and Books tag Governance (of the Nexus) tag Cities/urban Nexus
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Kathrine Brekke is the Urban Research Officer in charge of maintaining and developing the research management activities at the ICLEI World Secretariat. She has a background in economics and development studies and Mastered in urban governance. She has coordinated various international research projects and a case study series on renewable energy policies in cities, and coordinated a study including two pilot projects on the Urban Nexus approach.

Jeb Brugmann is a strategist and innovation process expert for business, government and the nonprofit sector. He has been internationally recognized for his contributions to the establishment of the fields of urban sustainability planning, local climate action planning and “base of the pyramid” business development. He has worked with municipalities in twenty-eight countries and with a range of corporate clients to design award-winning products, new business ventures, programmes and policies. In 1989–1990 Jeb founded ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the largest international association of local governments. He served as ICLEI’s Secretary General from 1991 to 2000.




The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Edited by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. London, New York 2016, pp. 105-116


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