Reconnecting Nexus and Nexus Thinking

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Napoleon C1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Ben Coles, Peter Kraftl
Chairs: Ben Coles


Notions of ‘nexus’ and ‘nexus-thinking’ are said to promise new insights into the ways in which natural resources, and their governance, comprise plural mutually constituent interconnected systems. Particularly visible within the food, water and energy (FWE) ‘nexus’, such approaches are increasingly used to articulate the flows of resources between and through sites, regions, spaces and scales, highlighting interrelationships, and enacting new scalar configurations and new spatialities along the way. Thus nexus-thinking comprises an ambitious framework through which multi-scalar connections between materials, the populations that use them and the policy frameworks that govern them can be envisioned. From a policy perspective nexus approaches aim to minimise the trade-offs that characterize resource distribution and maximise the synergies between the use of resources such as food, water and energy through the use of integrated technologies of resource governance. More widely, nexus approaches seek to better articulate how the materials and materialities of these resources interact and interrelate within their broader, political, economic, ecological, as well as social, and cultural framings.
This session brings together a range of scholarship, perspectives and approaches to the food, water and energy nexus. Its aims are to enliven debate and develop cross-cutting understandings of how nexus-thinking has been and can be employed within human geography and beyond. In particular, it aims to foster conversations between research across different geographical and historical contexts, and across scales – from analyses of global nexus policy to scholarship on the ‘domestic nexus’. The session also seek asks questions about the relative power of nexus thinking – in comparison or tandem with other conceptual approaches – for broaching key questions about environmental governance and resource inequities.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ben Coles*, University of Leicester, Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham, Reconnecting the Nexus: Young People and the Corporeal Reproduction of the State 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Kun Wang*, , Shenjing He, Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, The relational geographies of e-waste ‘scalvaging’: informal economy and environmental governance 20 3:40 PM

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