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In a time of desperate global need, this book reconceptualizes the global disaster
response framework by addressing water-energy-food (WEF) catalysts through a
boundary science lens to understand the connections between environment and
development. As developing countries are most affected by the repercussions of
climate change, this book encompasses theoretical and practical pathways to provide an inclusive understanding of climate-induced displacement in a way that enables students and policymakers to reenvision the connections between environmental stress and socioeconomic and humanitarian issues.
- Dr. Wa'ed Alshoubaki, The University of Jordan
The WEF nexus framework has the potential to be a powerful tool, yet it requires
practical guidance for implementation. This book is a much-needed guide for nexus
implementation that will not only advance scholarship but also facilitate on-the-ground use of nexus concepts in challenging, data-scarce contexts. Scholars, practitioners, and students will benefit from this book that guides them through the most challenging aspects of nexus thinking--bridging the gap between science and policy. Only by implementing nexus concepts and methods in real-world contexts
can we discover the value of the approach and better understand how to advance
nexus thinking for societal benefit.
- Tamee Albrecht, PhD Candidate, University of Arizona
For far too long, we, whether in university or government departments, have
parsed the world into disciplines and sectors for our convenience when tackling a
particular problem. However, the real world does not work in siloes. Each entity
is a sum of its interactions with other entities. A nexus approach to research and policy enables us to rise above the siloes and appreciate the trade-offs, cobenefits, and feedbacks, which is essential for resolving the challenges of sustainability. This
book is an important contribution to elucidating and applying a nexus approach to
the water, energy and food systems.
- Dr. Maria Sharmina, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester
As a graduate student and social scientist in sustainability, this book provides a
needed perspective on the intersection between sustainability science and the WEF
nexus. A key challenge within the WEF nexus is integrating governance and nexus
modeling approaches. The concept of boundary science presented here provides
an opportunity to address this challenge by integrating governance and policy
with the biophysical system through considerations of system scale and knowledge
coproduction and through approaches to overcome challenges of missing data.
The exploration of this integration in this book provides an opportunity to move towards the practical implementation of scientific WEF nexus data and research in
- J. Leah Jones, PhD Student, Arizona State University