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Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus

ISBN 9781138675490
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
536 Pages 160 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In recent years the concept of the resource "nexus" has been both hotly debated and widely adopted in research and policy circles. It is a powerful new way to understand and better govern the myriad complex relationships between multiple resources, actors and their security concerns. Particular attention has been paid to water, energy and food interactions, but land and materials emerge as critical too. This comprehensive handbook presents a detailed review of current knowledge about resource nexus-related frameworks, methods and governance, including a broad set of inter-disciplinary perspectives.

Written by an international group of scholars and practitioners, the volume focuses on rigorous research, including tools, methods and modelling approaches to analyse resource use patterns across societies and scales from a "nexus perspective". It also provides numerous examples from political economy to demonstrate how resource nexus frameworks can illuminate issues such as land grabs, mining, renewable energy and the growing importance of economies such as China, as well as to propose lessons and outlooks for sound governance.

The volume seeks to serve as an essential reference text, source book and state-of-the-art, science-based assessment of this increasingly important topic – the resource nexus – and its utility in efforts to enhance sustainability of many kinds and implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in an era of environmental and geopolitical change.

Table of Contents

          Part I: Understanding the resource nexus: Setting scenes

  1. The Resource Nexus: Preface and Introduction
    Raimund Bleischwitz, Holger Hoff, Catalina Spataru, Ester van der Voet, Stacy D. VanDeveer
  2. Appreciating wider environmental angles
    Kaysara Khatun and Gloria Salmoral
  3. Scales and the resource nexus
    Corey Johnson and Stacy D. VanDeveer
  4. Security, climate change and the resource nexus
    Bassel Daher, Sanghyun Lee, Rabi H. Mohtar, Jeremiah O. Asaka and Stacy D. VanDeveer
  5. Part II: Analysing the resource nexus: Tools and metrics

  6. Life Cycle Assessment for resource nexus analysis
  7. Ester van der Voet and Jeroen B. Guinée

  8. Linking society and nature: material flows and the resource nexus
  9. Anke Schaffartzik and Dominik Wiedenhofer

  10. Resource footprints
  11. Stefan Giljum, Martin Bruckner and Stephan Lutter

  12. Input-Output analysis and resource nexus assessment
    Arnold Tukker and David Font Vivanco
  13. Material criticality assessment and resource nexus analysis
    Gavin M. Mudd
  14. Industrial Ecology Methods and the Resource Nexus
  15. Ester van der Voet

    Part III: Resource nexus modelling: Practices and future transformations

  16. Integrating environmental and social impacts with Ecosystem services analysis
    Perrine Hamel, Benjamin Bryant, Becky Chaplin-Kramer and Adrian Vogl
  17. Modelling practices from local to global
    Enrique Kremers, Andreas Koch and Jochen Wendel
  18. Global change and K-waves: exploring nexus patterns
    Markku Wilenius
  19. Foresight and scenarios: modelling practices and resource nexus assessment
    Gerd Ahlert, Martin Distelkamp and Mark Meyer
  20. Extending macro-economic modelling into the resource nexus
  21. Alvaro Calzadilla and Ramiro Parrado

  22. The five-node resource nexus dynamics: an integrated modelling approach
    Catalina Spataru
  23. Part IV: International political economy and the resource nexus

  24. The resource nexus in an uncertain world: a non-equilibrium perspective
    Shilpi Srivastava and Jeremy Allouche
  25. Mining and the resource nexus
  26. David Humphreys

  27. Scarcities, supply and new resource curses?
    Raimund Bleischwitz and Jun Rentschler
  28. The international commodity trade: Stylized facts
    Vincenzo de Lipsis, Paolo Agnolucci and Raimund Bleischwitz
  29. Rare Earth Elements and a resource nexus perspective
    Eva Barteková
  30. Governing land in the Global South
  31. Julia Tomei and Darshini Ravindranath

    Part V: Applying the resource nexus: Regional and Global Scale

  32. Elements of the Water-Energy-Food nexus in China
  33. Philip Andrews-Speed and Carole Dalin

  34. The Energy-Materials nexus: the case of metals
    Ester v.d Voet, René Kleijn and Gavin M. Mudd
  35. Unconventional oil and gas production meets the resource nexus
    Tim Boersma and Philip Andrews-Speed
  36. Feeding Africa: Nexus-related opportunities, challenges and policy options
  37. Timothy O. Williams, Fred Kizito and Marloes M. Mul

  38. The five node resource nexus at sea
    Tundi Agardy
  39. Part VI: Governing the resource nexus: Emerging responses

  40. Urban metabolism and new urban governance
    Corey Johnson
  41. Eco-innovation and resource nexus challenges: Ambitions and evidence
  42. Michal Miedzinski, Will McDowall and Raimund Bleischwitz

  43. Green Chemistry: Opportunities, waste and food supply chains
    Avtar Matharu, Eduardo Melo and Joseph A. Houghton
  44. California Innovations @ WEN
  45. Blas L. Pérez Henríquez

  46. The UN, Global Governance and the SDGs
    Maria Ivanova and Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy

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Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources and Deputy Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London, UK.

Holger Hoff has a joint appointment as a Senior Researcher in the Resources and Development Group at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, and in the Research Domain "Earth System Analysis" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany.

Catalina Spataru is a Lecturer on Energy Systems and Networks and Director of the MRes course Energy Demand Studies at UCL Energy Institute, University College London, UK.

Ester van der Voet is an Associate Professor of Industrial Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands. She is also a member of the UN International Resource Panel.

Stacy D. VanDeveer is a Professor of Global Governance and Human Security at the McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.


"The language of the nexus highlights the need for interconnected thinking between the natural and social sciences, and between the research community and decision makers. By bringing together such an outstanding range of thinkers and perspectives from across the world, Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus looks set to become an indispensable volume for all those engaged in these debates. It sets out with admirable clarity the theoretical, empirical and research underpinnings of this field, and will provide nexus brokers and boundary-spanners with the intellectual tools they need to achieve tangible progress." - James Wilsdon, Professor of Research Policy, University of Sheffield, UK and Director, ESRC Nexus Network

"No energy myopia, no water myopia and no food cry of alarm, but a great handbook addressing the mutual relations." - Ernst von Weizsäcker, Past Co-Chair, International Resource Panel

"This handbook provides a qualified response, given by key experts, to the recurring question of what the Resource Nexus actually means. That nexus is presented as a useful heuristic for addressing the new challenges of the Anthropocene and for evidence-based support of a sustainability transition. Integrative methods and tools for systemic resource management and governance are illustrated, adaptable to a wide range of thematic and geographic contexts and scales." - Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany and Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

"[the handbook is] a massive volume packed with 32 interesting and thought-provoking chapters researched and written by over 50 contributors" - Anton Löf, in Mineral Economics (March, 2019)