What is 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 network is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is being coordinated by a team from the University of Sussex, University of East Anglia and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
The core aims of the Nexus Network are:
- To encourage debate, fund innovative research and improve decision making across the linked ‘nexus challenges’ of food, energy, water and the environment.
- To support interdisciplinary, cross-sector collaborations between social and natural scientists working on nexus topics, and between academic researchers and those in government, business and civil society engaged in these debates.
- To enable researchers and stakeholders in business, policy and civil society to develop and share new methodologies, data, conceptual frameworks, skills and practices directed towards nexus challenges.
What will the Nexus Network do?
- We will fund research on nexus-related topics through small grants (of between £5K and £50K) for pilot projects, working papers and cross-sector placements, to build links between researchers and other stakeholders interested in nexus topics.
- We will provide opportunities for dialogue and debate through regular workshops on nexus themes and issues, and an annual conference exploring ‘what works at the nexus’.
- We will develop a suite of methods, tools and briefing papers as a resource for research, policy and practitioner communities.
- We will act as a UK hub for nexus-related news and discussion, via our website, and build links between the UK community and nexus-related initiatives at the international level.
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