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Resources 2017, 6(1), 9; doi:10.3390/resources6010009

Key Issues of Interdisciplinary NEXUS Governance Analyses: Lessons Learned from Research on Integrated Water Resources Management

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Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
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Department of Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis and Management, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, Brueckstrasse 3a, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany
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Received: 17 October 2016 / Accepted: 25 January 2017 / Published: 31 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Toward Integrated Water-Energy-Land-Food Management)
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Abstract

Governance has become a cornerstone in addressing complex linkages between multiple resources such as water, energy, and food. However, contributions of governance research in interdisciplinary research projects are either lacking or highly controversial. Drawing on Integrated Water Resources Management-related experiences of German research projects in emerging and developing countries, we demonstrate how to strengthen NEXUS-related governance analyses: There has to be a stronger focus on the analyses of existing and useful governance strategies as well as of conditions for governance transitions; governance analyses should refer to different types of problems, instead of only focusing on single cases and abstract analyses; and answers must be based on a more elaborate practice of inter- and transdisciplinary research. These suggestions should be implemented on the level of single researchers, but should also require incentives on an institutional level. View Full-Text
Keywords: NEXUS governance; science policy interface; complexity; complex problem solving; IWRM NEXUS governance; science policy interface; complexity; complex problem solving; IWRM
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Hagemann, N.; Kirschke, S. Key Issues of Interdisciplinary NEXUS Governance Analyses: Lessons Learned from Research on Integrated Water Resources Management. Resources 2017, 6, 9.

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