Thinkpiece 2014: Macleod et al
Thinkpiece summary: Systems Thinking in Environment-People Science
Exploring the why, what and how of Nexus approaches
Funders of research, policy makers, planners and practitioners from farmers, international businesses to international research initiatives are asking for holistic approaches and solutions to people-environment interactions that take account of benefits to people, ecology and landscapes and are not silo based. Our paper will set out new thinking based on learning from existing theory and practice ‘what’ is required and ‘how’ can nexus approaches be co-designed and co-delivered resulting in excellent science with impact.
Our paper will stimulate debate based on a valuable review and discussion of ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ of nexus approaches, with the objective to advance our thinking and practice on the interconnected research challenges of the nexus (food, water, energy and environment).
We will review and discuss peer reviewed and grey literatures on ‘why’ are nexus approaches required from across research, policy and practice perspectives, including drivers and required outcomes.
Our second research question is based on ‘what’ are the existing nexus approaches and related integrative frameworks and framings, and ‘what’ do they provide to nexus thinking on water, energy, food and environment.
Our third research question is ‘how’ do we carry out nexus approaches as teams of researchers and non-research stakeholders.
Finally, from a nexus perspective we will set out ’how’ we would co-design and co-deliver a larger programme of collaborative nexus research based on environment-people systems thinking.
This is just a taster: the full thinkpiece will be published in Autumn 2014.