Special Issue "Innovation for the Energy-Water-Food Nexus and Its Contribution to Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jill Engel-Cox
Guest Editor
Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, USA
Interests: sustainability; renewable energy; environmental science; industrial pollution prevention
Mr. Richard George Lawford
Guest Editor
Senior Scientist, NASA GESTAR/ Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Interests: data and information platforms, water security, W-E-F Nexus implementation, remote sensing, climate, applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Energy-Water-Food (E-W-F) Nexus (also known as the W-E-F Nexus and the F-E-W Nexus) provides a framework for the integration of planning, management and governance.  It also can provide a focus for innovation and technical development in resource management especially where the innovations address the interactions of two or all of the sectors or support multiple sectors.  Examples of areas where innovation is emerging or still needed include optimizing use of food, water and energy resources; national and global security of access to food, water, and energy; addressing environmental change and adaptations to change; enabling the achievement of SDGs by improving support for decision-making and indicator monitoring; integrated infrastructure for supporting multiple sectors, and enhancing the opportunities and benefits of new technologies such as biotechnology, robotics, AI and information technologies, among others.

This special issue is seeking papers that will discuss how new technologies and innovations can be used in the E-W-F Nexus. Examples of successes are sought that address issues that are raised in assessments and solutions that are being implemented within the E-W-F Nexus framework. The context of geographical and economic factors related to these innovations and the experiences in engaging implementation agents and communities to adopt these innovations and technical solutions are also welcomed. Papers that identify challenges and benefits of new solutions are also considered, especially where they assess administrative obstacles, ownership issues, policy barriers, and the limitations of technology.

Dr. Jill A. Engel-Cox
Mr. Richard George Lawford
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Wnergy-Water-Food Nexus
  • sustainability
  • innovation
  • energy security
  • water security
  • information and data platforms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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