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Resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment (ResNexus)


The provisioning of food, water and energy services in urban areas involves infrastructures and resource flows which are heavily dependent on each other and on the natural environment. We conceptualize this interdependence as the urban Nexus. The project investigates how the social and ecological trade-offs associated with the Nexus interact with existing relations of power in maintaining and producing urban vulnerabilities. Based on this analysis, the project derives implications for improving the governance of service provision at the Nexus, in order to meet overall resilience objectives, whilst addressing the vulnerabilities experienced by marginalized urban communities and individuals. It therefore cuts across the two research themes of ‘resilience’ and ‘governance and democracy’. Focusing on access to infrastructures and resource flows by the urban poor in three midsized cities in East Africa, Brazil and Eastern Europe, the project engages with the two policy areas of ‘poverty, inequality and vulnerability’ and ‘infrastructure and the built environment’. Through participatory vision-building workshops and inter-city exchanges of policymakers and NGO representatives, the project attempts to involve these expected beneficiaries directly in the research process. Placing central importance on users’ practices and their (re)connection with policy-led interventions, the project aims to provide new insights into the depending of democracy in urban governance. To facilitate broad-based communication, the project’s key research outputs (frames, methodologies, findings) will be converted into policy briefs, blog posts, anonymized digital archives on the project’s webpage and teaching materials for schools. (AU)

Articles published in Pesquisa FAPESP Magazine about the research grant:
Un nuevo abordaje prevé soluciones integradas referentes a problemas hídricos, energéticos y alimentarios 
New approach includes integrated solutions for water, energy, and food security 
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Scientific publications (9)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE CARVALHO, CAROLINA MONTEIRO; GIATTI, LEANDRO LUIZ; FAGERHOLM, NORA; BEDRAN-MARTINS, ANA MARIA; KYTTA, MARKETTA. Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) to assess water, energy and food availability in a vulnerable community in Guarulhos (Brazil). INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF URBAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, v. 13, n. 3, p. 516-529, . (15/50132-6)
URBINATTI, ALBERTO MATENHAUER; BENITES-LAZARO, LIRA LUZ; DE CARVALHO, CAROLINA MONTEIRO; GIATTI, LEANDRO LUIZ. The conceptual basis of water-energy-food nexus governance: systematic literature review using network and discourse analysis. JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, v. 17, n. 2, SI, p. 21-43, . (16/25375-5, 15/50132-6, 17/17796-3)
DUARTE, JULIANA LUCIA; DIAZ-QUIJANO, FREDI ALEXANDER; BATISTA, ANTONIO CARLOS; GIATTI, LEANDRO LUIZ. Climatic variables associated with dengue incidence in a city of the Western Brazilian Amazon region. Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, v. 52, . (15/50132-6)
BENITES-LAZARO, LIRA LUZ; GIATTI, LEANDRO; GIAROLLA, ANGELICA. Sustainability and governance of sugarcane ethanol companies in Brazil: Topic modeling analysis of CSR reporting. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 197, n. 1, p. 583-591, . (15/50132-6)
ELIZABETH ANGÉLICA SALINAS REBOLLEDO; FRANCISCO CHIARAVALLOTI NETO; LEANDRO LUIZ GIATTI. Experiências, benefícios e desafios do uso de geoprocessamento para o desenvolvimento da atenção primária à saúde. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública = Pan American Journal of Public Health, v. 42, . (15/50132-6)
BENITES-LAZARO, L. L.; GIATTI, L.; GIAROLLA, A.. Topic modeling method for analyzing social actor discourses on climate change, energy and food security. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, v. 45, n. SI, p. 318-330, . (15/50132-6)
LEANDRO LUIZ GIATTI; PEDRO ROBERTO JACOBI; ANA KARINA MERLIN DO IMPERIO FAVARO; VANESSA LUCENA EMPINOTTI. O nexo água, energia e alimentos no contexto da Metrópole Paulista. Estudos avançados, v. 30, n. 88, p. 43-61, . (13/50537-0, 15/50132-6)
MARIANA GUTIERRES ARTEIRO DA PAZ; ANA PAULA FRACALANZA. Controle social no saneamento básico em Guarulhos (SP): o Conselho Municipal de Política Urbana. Ambiente & Sociedade, v. 23, . (15/50132-6)
GIATTI, LEANDRO LUIZ; URBINATTI, ALBERTO MATENHAUER; DE CARVALHO, CAROLINA MONTEIRO; BEDRAN-MARTINS, ANA MARIA; DE OLIVEIRA SANTOS, IZABELA PENHA; HONDA, SIMONE OMORI; FRACALANZA, ANA PAULA; JACOBI, PEDRO ROBERTO. Nexos de exclusão e desafios de sustentabilidade e saúde em uma periferia urbana no Brasil. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, v. 35, n. 7, . (16/17874-1, 15/21311-0, 16/25375-5, 15/50132-6)

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