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Water, Energy, Food and People Across the Global South

‘The Nexus’ in an Era of Climate Change

  • Larry A. Swatuk
  • Corrine Cash


  • A constructive combination of a specific focus on the resource nexus

  • Impressive interdisciplinary range of contributions towards critical examination and re-conceptualization of the resource nexus

  • Lead editor is a world-renowned expert in the field of environmental and natural resource governance and management

  • Research is topical and has a long 'shelf life' in the academic field due to its diversity


Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. K. M. Jensen, R. B. Lange, J. C. Refsgaard
    Pages 79-116
  3. Amanda Leo, Elizabeth Lougheed, Larry A. Swatuk, Joanna Fatch
    Pages 163-185
  4. Ashlea Webber, Jodi Baker, Lisa Gaudry, Larry A. Swatuk
    Pages 187-206
  5. Krasposy Kujinga, Cornelis Vanderpost, Gagoitseope Mmopelwa, Wellington R. L. Masamba
    Pages 207-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-340

About this book


This collection critically engages the resource use nexus. Clearly, a nexus-approach to resource policy, planning and practice is essential if sustainable development goals are to be met. In particular, in an era of climate change, an integrated approach to water, energy and agriculture is imperative. Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water withdrawals, food production accounts for 30% of global energy use and a rising global population requires more of everything. As shown in this collection, scholars of resource development, governance and management are ‘nexus sensitive’, utilizing a sort of ‘nexus sensibility’ in their work as it focuses on the needs of people particularly, but not only, in the global South. Importantly, a nexus-approach presents academics and practitioners with a discursive space in which to shape policy through research, to deepen and improve understandings of the interconnections and impacts of particular types of resource use, and to critically reflect on actions taken in the name of the ‘nexus’.


International Political Economy Water resources Sustainable policy Resource management Global South development Climate change Energy resources Food production ‘Nexus Approach’ Ecosystem services Korle Lagoon ecological pollution problem Framework for Urban Management of the Environment (FUME) Resource use nexus Resource policy sustainable development goals agriculture resource development Resource governance population hydropolitics

Editors and affiliations

  • Larry A. Swatuk
    • 1
  • Corrine Cash
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environment, Enterprise and DevelopmentUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  2. 2.Coady International InstituteSt. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada

About the editors

Larry A. Swatuk is Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Water Studies at the University of Western Cape, South Africa and Associate Researcher, Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC) in Bonn, Germany.

Corrine Cash is Lecturer at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is Executive Director of Green Cities Solutions, and former Senior Advisor to the President of Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Cash is an urban planner with extensive experience in community development. 

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