Integrating Water, Energy, and Food Securities in the ‘Urban Century'

Authors: Christopher Scott*, University of Arizona - Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, Tamee Albrecht, University of Arizona, Arica Crootof, University of Montana Western
Topics: Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Energy, Water Resources and Hydrology
Keywords: nexus, water security, energy security, food security, urban
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The WEF nexus seeks to overcome isolationist tendencies in resource management, attempting to interlink food, energy, and water in terms of their physical nature as resources, the institutions set up to manage them, and their essential role in advancing human security. Does the nexus – the latest in a series of integrationist frameworks – provide better conceptual clarity, operational tools, and human-security outcomes than its predecessors? This presentation traces WEF nexus origins and synthesizes insights from nexus thinking especially as applied to urban infrastructure and planning. Urban areas provide a unique confluence of challenges given their population density, reliance on infrastructure and technology, and stark contrasts in social vulnerability. The nexus must ultimately confront the limits of resource use in the ‘urban century.’

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