To get the latest on all our upcoming events please join the network or follow us on twitter @uk_nexus. Here is a roundup of our previous events:
Evaluating the Nexus Network, October 2016
Nexus core team members gathered to reflect and analytically consider the processes and findings of Network activities to date, in order to shape the Network Synthesis Report. The report will be available in March 2016.
Urban Nexuses: Interactions between water, energy and food provision for sustainable cities. 12–13 May 2016. Sussex.
We need to look beyond the boundaries of cities at processes of urbanisation to develop an understanding of social, cultural, environmental and economic dynamics of provisioning food, water and energy for and by urban inhabitants. Recognition of the ‘urban nexuses’ points also to the need of inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives that combine diverse insights/tools from beyond the social sciences, humanities and the natural sciences.
The Urban Nexus workshop reflected on the contribution that different social science perspectives might make in understanding urban nexuses, how social scientists might effectively participate in inter- and trans-disciplinary initiatives and consider what kind of policy mechanisms and events might support the pursuit of the partnerships that may be required for developing new understandings.
Driven by narratives of scarcity and uncertainty, the language of nexus is increasingly framed in the language of security. While nexus thinking has highlighted the importance of integration across diverse sectors, several unanswered questions remain around: on-the-ground challenges of integration across the nexus across diverse scales; how nexus thinking is being picked up in bureaucracies, institutions and scientific bodies; social justice in resource management; competing trade-offs and their ensuing resource conflicts; securitization of water, food, energy and the climate?
While nexus thinking has highlighted the importance of integration across diverse sectors, debates have tended to be abstract. The ‘Nexus, resource conflicts and social justice‘ grounded these debates and hammer out the implications for local resource users.
The second Nexus Network Conference on Scales, levels and spaces of the nexus was held in on Thursday 19 November 2015, London. The nexus is often framed as a global security problem, but this can obscure alternative understandings of interactions and trade-offs at local, regional and national levels. The event was open to researchers, policymakers, businesses and others.
Transdisciplinary Methods for Developing Nexus Capabilities workshop, University of Sussex, 29-30 June 2015
The Transdisciplinary Methods Workshop for around 60 participants addressed issues in the design and articulation of research methods for addressing Nexus challenges. It was led by Professor Andy Stirling and involved researchers and users engaged directly with ESRC and wider RCUK debates over methods and skills.
Our second thematic workshop, ‘Natural Bridge: exploring business-led action from nexus thinking’ workshop, was held on 15 & 16 April 2015. The workshop was led by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and brought a particular focus on the role of business in dealing with nexus challenges.
Improving decisions at the food, water, energy and environment nexus: values and valuation workshop, 28 November 2014
The first Nexus Network workshop Improving decisions at the food, water, energy and environment nexus: values and valuation, led by Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter, was held on 28 November 2014. The workshop brought together 50 people from government, the business sector and wider society together with researchers in this field to promote understanding and explore practical solutions to the challenges of decision making in this area.
What works at the Nexus? Conference, 27 November 2014
Over 170 people joined us at the first Nexus Network conference: ‘What works at the nexus? New connections in food, energy, water and environment‘ on 27 November, in London. This was an opportunity for network members to meet, hear high-profile keynote speakers, discuss nexus challenges from a variety of perspectives, and find out about possibilities for collaboration.
Defra-Nexus Network workshop 27 June 2014
The Defra-Nexus Network workshop: ‘Joining-up across natural resource and social sustainability issues’ was held on 27 June 2014. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has joined forces with the Nexus Network to bring researchers from across a range of disciplines together with policy makers and other stakeholders to share insights and develop interdisciplinary approaches to nexus challenges. The workshop was held in London, to identify opportunities to connect existing initiatives and develop strategic partnerships around nexus topics. Read the blog about the event.