Understanding barriers to decision making in the UK energy-food-water nexus: The added value of interdisciplinary approaches

Howarth, Candice and Monasterolo, Irene (2016) Understanding barriers to decision making in the UK energy-food-water nexus: The added value of interdisciplinary approaches. Environmental Science & Policy, 61. pp. 53-60. ISSN 1873-6416

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.03.014


The nexus represents a multi-dimensional means of scientific enquiry which seeks to describe the complex and non-linear interactions between energy, food and water with the climate, whilst furthering understanding of wider implications for society. These resources are fundamental for human life but are negatively affected by shocks such as climate change and characterize some of the main challenges for global sustainable development. Given the multidimensional and complex nature of the nexus, a transdisciplinary approach to knowledge development through co-production is needed to timely and effectively inform decision making processes to build societal resilience to these shocks going beyond the sectorality of current research practice. The paper presents findings from five themed workshops (shocks and hazards, infrastructure, local economy, governance and governments, finance and insurance) with 80 stakeholders from academia, government and industry in the UK to explore the impact of climate and weather shocks across the energy-food-water nexus and barriers to related responses. The research identified key stakeholders’ concerns, opportunities and barriers to better inform decision-making centred on four themes: communication and collaboration, decision making processes, social and cultural dimensions, and the nature of responses to nexus shocks. We discuss implications of these barriers and how addressing these can better facilitate constructive dialogue and more efficient decision-making in response to nexus shocks.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Water-energy-food nexus, Shocks, Barriers, Decision making, Climate change
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 07:59
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 19:00
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/611356

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