11:00 - 12:30
Session 7.11 : The water-energy-food nexus : from model to policy (continuation of session 6.11)

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 2: From model to policy

In the second Panel Session (7.11) we focus on how we can successfully move from operational models (of whatever sort) to practical policy impact and in particular:

  • How to bridge science to policy and deliver practical decision-making support applications in the co-design of the future evolution of WEF demand and supply?
  • What are the existing WEF projects within city localities?
  • Who are the stakeholders and participants and what are the key methods of engagement?
  • How can these inform policy?

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