Book // New Elsevier publication re-imagines the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Apr 27 2021
For a long time Nexus scholars have struggled to comprehend how governance influences Nexus discussions.
In this book we discuss a two step approach to integrating political economy analysis via the use of typologies of trade-offs and composite indices. This book uncovers the dire need to improve global public goods research through greater recognition of boundary spanning skills of political negotiation, research framing and horizon scanning in the environmental and social sciences. ‘Boundary Science’ explores the applications of open access platforms to promote transdisciplinary engagement with pressing global challenges of migration and climate change and is an invitation to Nexus scholars and practitioners alike to reform the practice of environmental modelling by adopting open data principles to advance knowledge translation that supports robust decision making.
Content of the book
The Nexus approach through its emphasis on concepts of trade-offs has necessitated a re-articulation of the basic underpinnings of water-energy-food interactions by exposing the contradictions inherent between a monitoring approach that is limited to tracking the status of the environment and one that attempts to trace the institutional basis for reform and change. Boundary Science: Re-imagining water-energy-food interactions in the context of the environment-development Nexus (Mathew Kurian and Yu Kojima, Elsevier, 2021) furthermore highlights the tension between efficiency and equity in environment and development planning and explores the concept of thresholds to public action- under what conditions will a critical mass of factors combine to sustain effective policy and management? As an example, Management Information Systems (MIS) within large bureaucracies are often ill-equipped to handle feedback on resource use and management of public infrastructure.