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67896-01 - Seminar: Conflicts and Controversies in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Olivier Ejderyan (olivier.ejderyan@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The notion of Water-Energy-Food nexus points to the interrelated nature of water, energy and food issues. It has become a key focus of multiple initiatives to address global challenges such climate change, biodiversity loss, risk, malnutrition or water inequality and is carried by a range of institutions ranging from the World Economic Forum or the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to environmental NGOs or academic funders. This nexus approach is presented as a way to deal in an integrated manner with problems in each of these three thematic fields identified as crucial for a transformation towards sustainability.
The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to debates about the contested dimensions of the Water-Energy-Food nexus by reading and discussing academic papers from various social science disciplines such as environmental sociology, STS, anthropology, human geography, political science, innovation studies or natural resource management.
We will examine how the Water-Energy-Food Nexus is a site of conflicts and controversies at various levels:
- At the conceptual level, the notion is contested from different angles as being either ill-defined or in the contrary to narrowly focused and power-blind;
- At an operational level, various challenges emerge when implementing nexus projects, in relationship to cross-sectoral governance, knowledge integration and trade-offs, or local resistance;
- At the level of each sector of the nexus, we focus on socio-technical controversies in water, energy and food projects that entangle technological, environmental and political dimensions.
Lernziele Upon completing this seminar, participants will:
- Become familiar with current debates in key areas relevant for addressing global environmental challenges and transformations towards to sustainability;
- Be able to position their work and themselves within these debates;
- Learn how to (efficiently) read an academic paper;
- Be able to critically assess an academic paper;
- Learn to share their critics in oral and written form.
Literatur A complete program with weekly readings will be given at the start of the seminar.

Cairns, R, Krzywoszynska, A (2016) Anatomy of a buzzword: The emergence of ‘the water-energy-food nexus’ in UK natural resource debates. Environmental Science & Policy 64: 164-170, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.007
FAO (2014) The Water-Energy-Food Nexus A new approach in support of food security and sustainable agriculture. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations https://www.fao.org/3/bl496e/bl496e.pdf
Matenhauer Urbinatti, A, Dalla Fontana, M, Stirling, A, Luiz Giatti, L (2020) ‘Opening up’ the governance of water-energy-food nexus: Towards a science-policy-society interface based on hybridity and humility. Science of The Total Environment 744: 140945, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140945


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Freitag 10.15-12.00 Soziologie, Hörsaal 215


Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 24.02.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 03.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Fasnachstferien
Freitag 10.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 17.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 24.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 31.03.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 07.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Ostern
Freitag 14.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 21.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 28.04.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 05.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 12.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 19.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Freitag 26.05.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Freitag 02.06.2023 10.15-12.00 Uhr Soziologie, Hörsaal 215
Module Modul: Conflicts and Peacebuilding (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Politik, Entwicklung und soziale Ungleichheit (Bachelor Studienfach: Soziologie)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang: Critical Urbanisms)
Modul: Ungleichheit, Konflikt, Kultur (Master Studienfach: Soziologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Participants in this seminar are expected to complete the weekly reading in order to be able to participate actively in the discussions.
Evaluation will be based on: Active participation; (Co-)moderation of a session; presentation of a paper supported by a handout (2 pages).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Soziologie