James Patterson gives keynote at water-energy-food nexus symposium in Germany
James Patterson, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis recently gave a keynote presentation at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium in Osnabrück, Germany (15-16 June 2016).
The forum was organised by the global Sustainable Water Future Programme.
James was invited to speak at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium on the topic of “sustainability transformations” based on work he has led with a team of collaborators within the Earth System Governance network, exploring the meanings and implications of the emerging global research agenda on sustainability transformations. His address gave a synthesis of different schools of thought on sustainability transformations, particularly focusing on governance and politics dimensions, and implications for the water-energy-food nexus.
The water-energy-food nexus is an emerging research topic that focuses on interactions and interdependencies between water, energy, and food sectors. It highlights that solving problems in any individual sector is not possible without considering deep interactions with the other sectors, which poses tremendous challenges and opportunities for governance.
This collaboration provided an opportunity for dialogue between the Sustainable Water Future Program and the Earth System Governance Project, which are two core research projects under the global umbrella of Future Earth.