ESRC Launches the Nexus Network

The ESRC has launched the Nexus Network to foster new connections across food, energy, water and the environment.

Funded by the ESRC, the Nexus Network brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to develop collaborative projects and improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment.

In the past five years, there has been a surge of interest in the idea of the ‘nexus’, as a way of thinking about the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between food, water and energy security, in the broader context of environmental change. These systems are inextricably linked, and integrated approaches are required, which move beyond sectoral, policy and disciplinary silos.

To better coordinate UK research efforts in this area, the ESRC is launching the Nexus Network. The ESRC has committed £1.8 million of funding to the Network over the next three years. The Network is led by the University of Sussex, in partnership with the University of East Anglia and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.The Nexus Network will foster debate, innovative research and practical collaborations across the linked domains of food, energy, water and the environment.

The ESRC invites researchers, decision makers in government, business and civil society to join the Network.