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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Urban Nexus // Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus Project

By Ruth Erlbeck. The “nexus” approach aims at integrated planning and management processes of the key sectors of energy, water and food. This approach can contribute substantially to the long-term sustainable development of rapidly growing cities in their regions. It is crucial, in this context, to involve municipal, subnational, national and supra-regional actors and utilities towards more integrated planning and management of the nexus sectors. A Report from the 7th Regional Workshop on the...

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Urban Nexus // How can cities reduce water-energy nexus pressures?

By Robert C. Brears. Cities over the past century have become the driving force of the global economy. Accounting for over half the world’s population and generating around 80% of global GDP, cities provide numerous opportunities for development and growth. Cities however bring about risks and challenges to people and the environment.

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Urban Nexus Workshop Outputs // 12-13 May at the University of Sussex in Brighton

Around 60 people took part in the Nexus Network Urban Nexus workshop on 12 and 13 May at the University of Sussex in Brighton. Speakers drew inspiration from cities across the world to address the topic of "Nexuses of the Urban: Interactions between water, energy and food provision for sustainable cities". Summaries of their presentations, papers and inputs are now available online.

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Postdoctoral Position: Resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment
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Job Vacancy // Postdoctoral Position: Resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment

A postdoctoral candidate with strong social science background and proven training and research interests in urban studies, social practices or networks and flows, and in at least one of the areas of water, food and energy.

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Events on the Urban Nexus

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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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Workshop at the World Resources Forum 2017 // Rural Urban Nexus – Governance for Sustainable Land Use through City Region Food Strategies

This workshop aims to: Provide an overview of relevant aspects of the rural-urban nexus and the need for integrated development and the opportunities this provides for resource efficient land use; explore and discuss implications of such an integrated perspective towards local governance, policy and research needs with the development of urban food strategies as an example; look in-depth at city region food systems and their resource saving potentials as one applied nexus case.

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Urban Nexus // Building a Resilient, Smart and Sustainable City: The Energy-Water Nexus

Energy and water are the world’s two most critical resources, yet their vital interconnections and vulnerabilities are less often recognized. Smart, resilient cities are tackling these connection points head on – metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, known as the “city of three rivers.” Always a center for groundbreaking ideas – from the earliest days as the center for industry to the recently launched p4 Initiative and upcoming Climate Action Plan 3.0, Pittsburgh leads the country as a thriving...

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Urban Nexus Workshop Outputs // 12-13 May at the University of Sussex in Brighton

Around 60 people took part in the Nexus Network Urban Nexus workshop on 12 and 13 May at the University of Sussex in Brighton.

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Resources on the Urban Nexus

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Project // The Urban Nexus of the Environmental Flows of Water, Energy and Food

This research project by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) seeks to contribute to theorize the Urban Nexus and to make it analyzable to help reduce its complexity and obscurity to policy-planners, producers and consumers.

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Urban Nexus // Demonstrating the Urban NEXUS Approach to Link Water, Energy and Food Resources in Schools in Tanzania

By generating cross-institutional collaboration for infrastructure systems and services at schools in the Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam, the Urban NEXUS pilot project harnessed opportunities to link water and sanitation, energy, food and waste, solutions which would have otherwise been missed with a singular development application. By piloting the approach in two adjacent primary schools, and applying the lessons learned to policy, regulation and practice to upscale across all schools (and...

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Urban Nexus // The Urban Nexuses of Social Injustice

By Dunu Roy. Held at the Nexus Network Urban Nexus Workshop, 12-13 May 2016. The present nexus of resource use is clearly unsustainable and unjust. The use of superior and more efficient technologies is only likely to deepen that nexus and sharpen the social conflicts born out of inequality, as long as social relations remain the same. Critical questions that seem to emerge for all those who seek to support a subaltern perspective of the city.

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Urban Nexus // Sustainable and Healthy Food – Views from the City of Brighton and Hove

By Emily O’Brien. Held at the Nexus Network Urban Nexus Workshop, 12-13 May 2016. The author looks at key issues and challenges associated with Brighton and Hove city food strategy, ranging from access to sustainable and healthy food, urban resilience, waste reduction and management, availability and effective use of natural resources including land and water, and contributing to climate change mitigation.

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