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The Resource Nexus and its Relevance

Bleischwitz, R; (2018) The Resource Nexus and its Relevance. In: Marsden, T, (ed.) The SAGE Handbook of Nature. (pp. 1175-1197). SAGE: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The complexity of nature and its interactions with societies is nowadays often discussed under the narrative of the water–energy–food nexus.1 This nexus approach refers to interlinkages among the use of natural resources, illustrated by water needed for both energy and food production. While research about interlinkages has a long tradition in sustainability research (Wichelns, 2017), the ‘nexus’ debate has emerged since 2011 in a couple of conferences and think tank papers. What can be considered new is the balanced approach across key sectors, rather than originating from one specific sector and reaching out to others, and a distinct attempt to grapple with urgent issues on the ground, such as access to resources and security. The nexus attracts attention because it provides a holistic and systemic view that enables fresh thinking on emblematic issues and could facilitate new solutions for research and actors on the ground.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Resource Nexus and its Relevance
ISBN-13: 9781446298572
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4135/9781473983007.n60
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781473983007.n60
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Nexus, sustainability, nature
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070643
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