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Governing for the Nexus: Empirical, Theoretical and Normative Dimensions

Governing for the Nexus: Empirical, Theoretical and Normative Dimensions

In this chapter the authors, among them Ecologic Institute's Josselin Rouillard, examine how the Water-Energy-Food nexus is emerging at different scales and national contexts worldwide. The chapter presents empirical evidence of innovations in terms of policy instruments. Normative suggestions for theorizing future nexus governance are also presented.

Water, energy and food are key resources to sustain life, and are the fundamental to national, regional and global economies. These three resources are interlinked in multiple ways, and the term "nexus" captures the interconnections. The nexus has been discussed, debated, researched, and advocated widely but the focus is often on the pairings of "water-energy" or "water-food" or "energy-food". To really benefit from the nexus approach in terms of resource use efficiency it is essential to understand, operationalize and practice the nexus of all three resources. As demand for these resources increases worldwide, using them sustainability is a critical concern for scientists and citizens, governments and policy makers. 

Volume highlights include:

  • Contributions to the global debate on water-energy-food nexus
  • Examples of the nexus approach in practice from different regions of the world
  • Perspectives on the future of the nexus agenda

Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Theories and Practices is a valuable resource for students, research scholars and professionals in academic institutions with strong interests in interdisciplinary research involving geography, earth science, environmental science, environmental management, sustainability science, international development, and ecological economics. The volume will also be useful for professionals, practitioners and consultants in /NGOs, government, and international agencies.


David Benson, Animesh K Gain, Josselin Rouillard et. al. 2017: Governing for the nexus: empirical, theoretical and normative dimensions. in: P. Abdul Salam, Sangam Shrestha, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Anil K. Anal (Eds.): Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Principles and Practices.

David Benson
Animesh K. Gain
Carlo Giupponi
1119243130, 9781119243137
12 pp.
Table of Contents



Acronyms and Abbreviations

Section I: Understanding the Nexus

1 The Need for the Nexus Approach
P. Abdul Salam, Vishnu Prasad Pandey, Sangam Shrestha, and Anil Kumar Anal

2 Evolution of the Nexus as a Policy and Development Discourse
Vishnu Prasad Pandey and Sangam Shrestha

3 The Nexus Contribution to Better Water Management and Its Limitations
Mike Muller

4 Dynamic, Cross ]Sectoral Analysis of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Investigating an Emerging Paradigm
Alex Smajgl and John Ward

5 Urban Nexus: An Integrated Approach for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
Donovan Storey, Lorenzo Santucci, and Banashri Sinha

Section II: Operationalizing the Nexus

6 Modeling the Water ]Energy ]Food Nexus: A 7 ]Question Guideline
Bassel Daher, Rabi H. Mohtar, Sang ]Hyun Lee, and Amjad Assi

7 Water ]Energy ]Food Nexus: Selected Tools and Models in Practice
Victor R. Shinde

8 Governing for the Nexus: Empirical, Theoretical, and Normative Dimensions
David Benson, Animesh K. Gain, Josselin Rouillard, and Carlo Giupponi

9 The Role of International Cooperation in Operationalizing the Nexus in Developing Countries: Emerging Lessons of the Nexus Observatory
Kristin Meyer and Mathew Kurian

10 Water ]Energy ]Food Security Nexus in the Eastern Nile Basin: Assessing the Potential of Transboundary Regional Cooperation
Mohammad Al ]Saidi, Nadir Ahmed Elagib, Lars Ribbe, Tatjana Schellenberg, Emma Roach, and Deniz Oezhan

11 Energy ]Centric Operationalizing of the Nexus in Rural Areas: Cases from South Asia
Parimita Mohanty and Satwik Patnaik

Section III: Nexus in Practice

12 The Water ]Energy ]Food Nexus from a South African Perspective
Olusola O. Ololade, Surina Esterhuyse, and Audrey D. Levine

13 Water ]Energy ]Food Nexus: Examples from the USA
Soni M. Pradhanang

14 WEF Nexus Cases from California with Climate Change Implication
Qinqin Liu

15 Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus in the West Asian Region
Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud

16 Assessment of Water, Energy, and Carbon Footprints of Crop Production: A Case Study from Southeast Nepal
Sangam Shrestha and Saroj Adhikari

17 The Food ]Water ]Energy Nexus in Modern Rice Cultivation in Bangladesh and Competing Discourses of Rice Research Institutions
Sophia Barkat and Zachary A. Smith

18 Riverbank Filtration Technology at the Nexus of Water ]Energy ]Food
Thomas B. Boving and Kavita Patil

Section IV: Future of the Nexus Agenda

19 Water ]Energy ]Food (WEF) Nexus and Sustainable Development
Ashim Das Gupta