The Nexus Network funds projects and placements to support our aims of bringing together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment.
Here are some of our projects:
Dr Candice Howarth from the University of Surrey is the Nexus Network Nexus Shocks Fellowship holder.
Candice will analyse strategic national processes of decision-making and risk management in the UK, with a view to improving responsiveness in shock scenarios affecting the food energy water environment nexus.
In July 2016, we awarded five research partnership grants that will advance understanding of the food- energy- water- environment interactions and support actions to improve their sustainability. The partnerships will enable researchers to build interdisciplinary research collaboration in locations across both the UK and Africa.
We awarded 6 Networking grants in April 2015 to enable researchers to build meaningful inter-disciplinary research collaboration networks, and to establish connections with relevant stakeholders (from civil society, policy and business communities) in order to engage them as knowledge partners in the co-design of research proposals on nexus topics.
The Nexus Network thinkpieces, commissioned in July 2014, tackle issues from the governance of the nexus; energy, food and water security in West Africa; impact investing; fast-moving circular goods; citizen science and imagining a sewerless society. You can meet the teams and read the thinkpieces here.
Nexus2020 brings together business, academics, policy makers and civil society to determine the most important questions that need to be answered around food, energy, water and the natural environment to inform business practice. The work will be published in an international research journal.
Dr Anna Krzywoszynska, Post Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University, started her role as the as Nexus Network-Defra Fellow in March 2015. The aim of the Fellowship was to explore Nexus issues at the interface between research and policy. Read more about Anna’s Defra Fellowship.
What do the links between food, energy, water and the environment mean to you? This was the question we asked in our October 2015 Nexus Network photo competition as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. We wanted to see how food, energy, water and the environment connect with people’s everyday lives, at home, at leisure, at work, travelling…anywhere!