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Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2204; doi:10.3390/su9122204

Stakeholder Analysis for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Phoenix, Arizona: Implications for Nexus Governance

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School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University (ASU), Phoenix, AZ 85287, USA
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Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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School of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 15 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 29 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Towards New Thinking and Action)
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Abstract

Understanding the food-energy-water nexus is necessary to identify risks and inform strategies for nexus governance to support resilient, secure, and sustainable societies. To manage risks and realize efficiencies, we must understand not only how these systems are physically connected but also how they are institutionally linked. It is important to understand how actors who make planning, management, and policy decisions understand the relationships among components of the systems. Our question is: How do stakeholders involved in food, energy, and water governance in Phoenix, Arizona understand the nexus and what are the implications for integrated nexus governance? We employ a case study design, generate qualitative data through focus groups and interviews, and conduct a content analysis. While stakeholders in the Phoenix area who are actively engaged in food, energy, and water systems governance appreciate the rationale for nexus thinking, they recognize practical limitations to implementing these concepts. Concept maps of nexus interactions provide one view of system interconnections that be used to complement other ways of knowing the nexus, such as physical infrastructure system diagrams or actor-networks. Stakeholders believe nexus governance could be improved through awareness and education, consensus and collaboration, transparency, economic incentives, working across scales, and incremental reforms. View Full-Text
Keywords: nexus approach; water-energy coupling; food-water coupling; food-energy coupling; governance nexus approach; water-energy coupling; food-water coupling; food-energy coupling; governance
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White, D.D.; Jones, J.L.; Maciejewski, R.; Aggarwal, R.; Mascaro, G. Stakeholder Analysis for the Food-Energy-Water Nexus in Phoenix, Arizona: Implications for Nexus Governance. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2204.

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