The Urban Nexus

The 21st century is the century of rapid urbanisation. Already today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, by 2050 it is expected to be two thirds. These people, with their basic requirements of water, energy and food, will determine future global resource consumption. Ensuring the supply of growing populations and their changing consumption patterns within global boundaries is a challenging task. The urban supply needs already exceed the capacities of the surrounding rural areas in many cases. Isolated sector planning is therefore no longer feasible. Instead, integrated and holistic approaches are crucial to overcome trade-offs and create synergies for sustainable urban development. This is what the Urban Nexus Approach seeks to achieve in order to contribute to greater resource efficiency.

News on the Urban Nexus

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Job Vacancy // Student Co-worker at ILS Dortmund/Germany

The research group "Constructed Environment" of the ILS is looking for a co-worker at the location Dortmund in the third-party project "The FEW-meter - an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture, shifting it towards urban metabolism" from 01.10.2018.

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PhD Position // Urban Sustainability and Food-Water-Energy Nexus, University of Florida

The Qiu Lab at the University of Florida is seeking a prospective PhD student with strong motivation and enthusiasm about graduate research to study sustainability of food-water-energy (FWE) nexus, and ecosystem services in the Greater Miami Area in South Florida. The student will work on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project on optimizing FWE resources, mitigating tradeoffs among ecosystem services within the FWE nexus, and enhancing community resilience to challenges exacerbated...

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Job Vacancy // Student Assistant for Project Management Support in a Nexus Project at Technical University Munich/Germany

The advertised position serves to support current research projects, especially the project "Urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus", at the chair of Urban Water Management. The work includes aspects of project management, organizing workshops, coordination with international partners, and content work such as literature research.

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Climate Change

Job Opportunity // Full-Time Research Assistant at Urban Planning & Disaster Management, Ming Chuan University/Taiwan

This project is one of the work packages in “Understanding Innovative Initiatives for Governing Food, Water and Energy Nexus in Cities (IFWEN)”, which is a funded international project under the Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus programme established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

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Events on the Urban Nexus

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7th WaterLinks Forum // Solving Asia’s Urban Water Crisis: The WaterFood-Energy-Climate Change Nexus

This forum is designed to provide urban water managers and policy makers with insights on the interdependence of water, food, and energy in an uncertain, but adverse, climate environment. These are expected to form the basis of integrated solutions to the worsening water crisis in urban Asia.

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SDGs

HLP 2018 Side Event // Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be achieved if they are pursued in an integrated manner. The way cities and human settlements are designed, planned, built, financed and governed has far-reaching implications for a life of dignity for all people and for the sustainable future of our planet. Globally, cities are increasingly recognised as transformative development actors, and their relevance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is acknowledged as not...

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Kick Off Meeting // The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative (SUGI)

JPI Urban Europe and Belmont Forum invite all projects funded in the SUGI (Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiatives) Food-Water-Energy Nexus call and representatives from involved funding agencies to a projects kick-off meeting in London on June 11 - 12, 2018.

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Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme // Training Workshop: "Urban Nexus in the MENA Region"

The Nexus Regional Dialogue in the MENA Region as part of the Nexus Regional Dialogue Programme conduced the training in in collaboration with the MENA Region Initiative as a Model of Nexus Approach and Renewable Energy Technologies (MINARET).

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Resources on the Urban Nexus

Urban Nexus

Project // The FEW-Meter - An Integrative Model to Measure and Improve Urban Agriculture, Shifting it towards Circular Urban Metabolism

This project will ask farmers to measure the efficiency of urban agriculture case studies in five developed countries by quantifying usage of energy, water and other resources as well as production of produce and compost.

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RESNexus Project // Resilience and Vulnerability at the Urban Nexus

This project is investigating resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment. Dubbed ResNexus for short, the project team, which includes partners at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and University of São Paulo in Brazil will examine how vulnerabilities within urban communities are constructed by through trade-offs and aggravations at the food, water and environment nexus, in three mid-sized highly-dynamic cities in East Africa (Kampala),...

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SDGs

Presentation // Nexus Message on Water-Energy-Food-Climate Through an Urban Lens

By Felix Dodds. Held at the HLPF Side event on "Addressing Resilience through the Nexus of Water-Food-Energy – Cities as SDG Laboratories", 17 July 2018, at United Nations Headquarters, part of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

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Making Sense of the Urban Nexus // An Integrated Approach to Intersecting Challenges

By Giulia Salvaterra and Michael Woodbridge. Cities are sites of complex and intersecting challenges which threaten the success of the global sustainable development agenda. All over the world, cities face persistent challenges related to increasing climate- and weather-related impacts, insufficient infrastructure, sustained poverty and inequality, resource scarcity, and sustainable service provision. Finding solutions to these challenges will be made even more difficult by growth and migratory...

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