09:00 - 10:30
Session 6.11 / 7.11: The water-energy-food nexus: from concept to model

Purpose and Organisation of the sessions

The ‘nexus’ between water, energy and food (WEF) has gained increasing attention globally in research, business and policy spheres. Promoted through academic literature, international meetings and national and international funding programmes (e.g. recent Belmont Forum JPI Urban Europe) it is now starting to permeate public policy discourse (e.g. 2016 UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology “POST” Note). However, even more than with other recent ‘master concepts’ such as ‘water security’, ‘integrated water management’, ‘sustainable water’, its ambitions may already have outstripped conceptual or practical possibilities. The overall purpose of these two sessions is to bring together researchers working within the “nexus” space with a view to taking stock of collective achievements to date and discussion near and longer term development options.

Session 1: From concept to model

In this first Panel Session we focus on issues linked to moving from high level conceptualisations of the nexus to operational modelling including:

  • How can we robustly conceptualise the WEF nexus?
  • What theoretical or conceptual models are already out there and what key drivers or imperatives must be prioritised when building a conceptual model of the WEF nexus?
  • How does the nexus agenda align (or not) with other drivers of global R & I, including the SDGs and the “resilience agenda”?
  • What models are already “out there” for modelling nexus interrelations at any scale?  What can we learn from them, especially as regards next steps?
  • How can we manage issues of data commensurability working across the water, energy and food domains?

A key outcome of the two sessions is better networking of nexus scholars, practitioners and activists.  We also hope to scope the current “high water marks” of achievement related to the above questions.

Each Panel Member will offer 5-8 minutes of response to the above questions and the Chair will then moderate a general discussion including Q&A from the audience.  The intention is to identify key “frontier” issues in making the nexus concept relevant to both science and policy communities.

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  • Chair - C.S. Staddon