Five research partnership awards will advance understanding of the food- energy- water- environment interactions and support actions to improve their sustainability.
£500,000 of funding from the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Nexus Network will enable researchers to build meaningful interdisciplinary research collaboration in locations across both the UK and Africa.
The studies form part of the Nexus Network portfolio; a three-year initiative to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked domains of food, energy, water and the environment (known as the ‘nexus’).
James Wilsdon, Director, The Nexus Network and Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield says
As the international community moves towards implementation of the UN’s new global goals, the provision of evidence, analysis and expert advice across the food-water-energy nexus has never been more vital. The ESRC Nexus Network is delighted to be investing £500,000 in these five projects, which together will make a significant contribution to this agenda from UK social science. By spanning disciplinary, national and sectoral boundaries, these projects should help researchers, policymakers, businesses and civil society to navigate the nexus more intelligently.
The Improving Organic Resource Use in Rural Ethiopia project, led by Professor Euan Phimister, University of Aberdeen will increase understanding of the interactions between food, energy and water, associated with organic resource use in two different districts of Southern Ethiopia.
The Biomass fuel in Urban Ghana project, led by Dr Sujatha Raman from the University of Nottingham will Investigate how urban households and charcoal producers in Ghana experience, envision and manage the nexus and develop and disseminate the implications of this bottom-up understanding for national and international policies.
Professor Henrietta Moore, from University College London will draw together interdisciplinary experts, policy makers, and local community members to explore the land-water-food nexus in north-west Kenya.
Dr Matt Watson, University of Sheffield, will engage with key policy partners to apply new social science understandings of what goes on in home kitchens. This will inform interventions aimed at changing demand for water, energy and food, including through understanding their inter-dependencies and trade-offs.
Professor Sally Shortall, from Queens University Belfast project explores and addresses the regional impacts in Northern Ireland of the global energy-climate-food security nexus, focussed on global energy availability and climate change and their impacts on regional food security.
The five projects all form part of the ESRC Nexus Network portfolio. The projects led by Professor Euan Phimister, Dr Sujatha Raman and Professor Henrietta Moore are funded by the ESRC. The projects led by Dr Matt Watson and Professor Sally Shortall, are funded directly from the Nexus Network.
About The Nexus Network
The Nexus Network is a three-year initiative to foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked ‘nexus’ domains of food, energy, water and the environment. Participation in the network is open to researchers from all disciplines, and to decision makers in government, business and civil society.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC also works collaboratively with six other UK research councils and Innovate UK to fund cross-disciplinary research and innovation addressing major societal challenges. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government.
For more information and to arrange interviews, please speak to Cian O’Donovan, Nexus Network Coordinator Telephone: +44 75 951 83875
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