Special Issue "The Food–Energy–Water Nexus: Boundaries, Processes, and the Circular Economy"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Susanne Charlesworth
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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
Interests: sustainable drainage systems (SuDS); nature-based solutions; design and installation of SuDS in informal settlements, favelas, and refugee camps; role of green infrastructure; ecosystem service provision; urban lake and river sediments; urban physical processes: urban hydrology; risk to children’s health of contaminants in playground material; efficiency of porous paving in degrading oil and dealing with metal pollutants
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Dr. Marco Van De Wiel
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Guest Editor
Centre for Agroecology, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Interests: gully erosion, riverbank erosion, and river meandering; development of the CAESAR landscape evolution model, used to investigate the nature of nonlinear dynamics of catchment sediment yield; geomorphic impacts of flooding on interactions and feedbacks between geomorphological processes and ecological processes in river floodplains; incorporation of recent developments in parallel computing in new simulation models
Dr. Richard Nunes
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Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6UD, UK
Interests: design, planning, and governance, involving the integration of urban ecosystem services into development planning processes and urban policy decision-making tools; human–environment interactions, whether mediated by citizen actions or institutions, and their effects on the interplay of knowledge and policy development as well as strategic planning processes and outcomes; how and why environmental attitudes, risk perceptions, and associated ecological behaviour vary across distinct social and stakeholder groups, different biophysical settings, and diverse places
Dr. Jana Fried
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Guest Editor
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
Interests: qualitative social research; quantitative social research and social policy; public involvement in invasive species management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Waste generated in the “nexus” between the management of water and the production of food and energy is unsustainable. By identifying these dysfunctional linear streams, where waste generated adds to landfill, climate change and environmental degradation, there is potential to use it, turn it into a marketable product, or harvest it and contribute to the Circular Economy.

We are particularly interested in case studies, nationally and internationally, the extent to which the circular economy has been achieved, assessment of problems encountered, and strategies to engage with stakeholders and communities, as well as what processes can identify and delineate boundaries around the plurality of food, energy, and water systems in each context (actors, issues, geographies, power relations), and how they shift over time. As the use of the Living Lab concept in studies becomes more common, how successful this has been in studies of the nexus—is it possible to compare across Living Labs with their different politics, policies, inequalities and geographies?

We solicit papers from academia, stakeholders, and practitioners illustrating the many ways in which these wastes are identified, how they are converted into something useful for society, a scalable commercial product for example, and how wasteful consumption has been reduced. We invite comments on the sustainability of such approaches: are they technologically and/or politically feasible and economically sound? What new processes have been developed enabling the study of the nexus and conversion of the wastes, and how successful are they?

Prof. Dr. Susanne Charlesworth
Dr. Marco Van De Wiel
Dr. Richard Nunes
Dr. Jana Fried
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • circular economy
  • nexus
  • food–energy–water
  • stakeholder and community engagement
  • waste
  • Living Lab

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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