News

27 November 2018

Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop

On 27 November 2018, over 50 policy makers and scientists gathered at the Resource Nexus Policy & Cluster Workshop at EASME in Brussels. The Workshop was co-organized by the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) and the Horizon2020 projects MAGIC, DAFNE and SIM4NEXUS, and brought together EU-funded projects related to the resource nexus, as...

23 November 2018

Land, agriculture, and governance: lessons from a longitudinal study of coupled human-environment systems

The article 'Ecosystem services as the products of land system dynamics: lessons from a longitudinal study of coupled human–environment systems', by Richard Aspinall and Michele Staiano (UNINA), was released today in the journal Landscape Ecology.  In this paper, the authors address the understanding of whole-system and landscape-based...

17 October 2018

Closing Gaps in Implementing the WEF Nexus

On 17 October 2018, Barbara Willaarts (IIASA), Cristina Madrid (UAB-Yale), Gloria Salmoral (Cranfield University) and Violeta Cabello (UAB) organized a double session at the Water Science for Impact Conference in Wageningen, entitled “Stop the Buzzword: closing persistent gaps in the implementation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”. The first...

02 October 2018

New Nexus Times issue: Innovation

Innovation plays an important role in policy-making. Sometimes, however, innovation cannot meet the needs of all sectors of the water-energy-food nexus at the same time, causing various tradeoffs. In such situations then, how can policymakers reconcile diverging policy goals? And how can decision-makers analyse and account for the possible adverse...

Post-growth2018 Workshop at European Parliament

18 September 2018

Squaring the Energy Circle

On Tuesday 18 September, MAGIC Coordinator Mario Giampietro participates in the public debate on Squaring the Energy Circle in the European Parliament. The event is part of the Post-Growth 2018 Conference, a multi-stakeholder gathering organized by ten Members of the European Parliament representing six political groups: Philippe Lamberts,...

06 September 2018

What stories are told about the Water Framework Directive?

Violeta Cabello (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) presented her research on narratives framing European water policy challenges at the X Iberian Conference of Water Planning and Management (congresoiberico.org) in Coimbra, Portugal, 6-8 September 2018. This research is part of MAGIC’s appraisal of ‘Success and challenges in safeguarding...

RGS-IBG 2018

31 August 2018

RGS-IBG 2018: Adaptive Governance of the WEFE Nexus

Kirsty Blackstock (The James Hutton Institute, Scotland) presented MAGIC's research on 'Quantifying Material Flows in the Governance of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, on 31 August 2018 in the workshop session "Adaptive management and governance of the food-energy-water-environment Nexus"...

SDG conference

31 August 2018

Trade-offs and synergies between food, feed and bioenergy production

Abigail Muscat (Wageningen University & Research) presented her work on balancing trade-offs and synergies between food, feed and bioenergy production at the SDG conference 'Towards Zero Hunger - Partnerships for Impact', which took place 30-31 August 2018 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Abigail presented to a mixed group of 25 development...

EAAP2018

28 August 2018

Biodiversity in European livestock systems

MAGIC's Akke Kok (Wageningen University & Research) presented her research on the impact of European livestock systems on biodiversity at the 69th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAPP2018), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27-31 August 2018. Her research forms part of MAGIC's critical analysis of the policy solution...

20 July 2018

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

MAGIC's Thomas Völker (Euopean Commission - Joint Research Centre) presented project findings on the role of quantifying material flows in nexus governance and on the role of imaginaries in circular economy policy-making at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018. Both conference sessions ("Metrics in...