'Mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the energy-food-water nexus in developing countries' – Report Launch

Past Event

29 April 2016, 3:00pm - 6:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This event is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship

In an increasingly resource-constrained world, the energy-food-water ‘nexus’ - defined as the interconnections among these three systems vital for human survival - is emerging as an important idea within the sustainable development discourse. Treating energy, food and water systems independently of each other can result in critical system linkages and vulnerabilities being underappreciated and can possibly lead to the formulation and implementation of ineffectual or even counterproductive policies and measures.

A recent report by Stellenbosch’s Sustainability Institute, Mitigating Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Energy-Food-Water Nexus in Developing Countries, seeks to address some of the critical issues around the nexus.

Lead author Dr Jeremy Wakeford will present findings from the research which aimed to: (1) to understand the dynamic interactions occurring among energy, food and water systems with a view to identifying the key vulnerabilities and risks facing developing countries in terms of nexus security; and (2) to inform planning and policy in developing countries to mitigate these risks and to promote economic efficiency, social equity and environmental sustainability in food, energy and water provision to their citizens via a transition to more sustainable and resilient systems.

Dr Wakeford’s keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leading experts across each nexus theme: energy, water, and food

Please register for this event here: https://bookwhen.com/oxfordwater

About the speaker

Dr Jeremy Wakeford is an economist specialising in energy, resources and sustainability transitions.

He holds Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cambridge University, and obtained his PhD in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University. Jeremy is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University, and was previously a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at UCT. He is currently a macroeconomist at Quantum Global Research Lab, a think tank based in Switzerland that conducts innovative research into inclusive and sustainable development with a focus on Africa.