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Special Issue "Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Towards New Thinking and Action"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2017).
School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, PO Box 875502, Tempe, AZ 85287-5502, USA
Interests: agricultural sustainability; sustainable development; agricultural institutions and governance, farm livelihoods, food markets, water-food-energy nexus
This Special Issue calls for papers that advance thinking and action on the interdependency between water, energy and food systems—i.e., a nexus approach—from a coupled human-natural systems perspective. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in understanding how the nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security by making explicit the inherent tradeoffs, leveraging synergies, improving efficiency, and strengthening governance across these sectors.
What has often been missing from such an analyses is the grounding within the economic, social and political context and the emerging trends such as globalization, urbanization, agrarian transformations, climate change and changing aspirations of the populace. Behind these trends, new—and contested—alternative visions are being articulated for the current and imagined future use of water, land and energy resources. These alternative framings and visions reveal how access to and contestation over natural resources constitutes a key political issue. Major decisions around food, water and energy are highly political, and take place within fragmented institutional spaces, which often do not align with the scientific understandings of the inherent linkages between these resources. Bringing together both the technical (hard) and institutional (soft) dimensions of this interlinkage is therefore fundamental to our efforts to promote just and sustainable societies.
We are looking for papers that develop and apply new conceptual and empirical approaches (including new metrics and decision tools) for a contextualized, multidisciplinary understanding of the nexus and/or provide evidence of how solutions based on a nexus approach have helped enhance security of these systems at local, regional or global levels.
Dr. Rimjhim Aggarwal
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- food security
- food-water coupling
- food-energy coupling
- nexus approach