James Patterson, coordinator of INNOVCITIES, recently gave a keynote presentation at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Symposium in Osnabrück, Germany.
James was invited to speak on the topic of “sustainability transformations” based on work he has led with a team of collaborators within the Earth System Governance network, exploring the meanings and implications of the emerging research agenda of sustainability transformations. His address gave a synthesis of different schools of thought on sustainability transformations, particularly focusing on governance and politics dimensions, and implications for the water-energy-food nexus.
The water-energy-food nexus is an emerging research topic that focuses on interactions and interdependencies between water, energy, and food sectors. It highlights that solving problems in any individual sector is not possible without considering deep interactions with the other sectors, which poses tremendous challenges and opportunities for governance.