Our project proposal “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” (MAGIC) has been favourably evaluated by the European Commission. The proposal was submitted under the call H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage; topic“Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation” (WATER-2b-2015). The expected kick-off date is 01 June 2016.
MAGIC takes a fresh look at the EU 2020 strategy’s aim for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth set in the context of the existing recession, of the worrying signals of disaffection toward the European project and of science’s own governance crisis. The goal of MAGIC is to transform Nexus from a shorthand to signify the complexity of the relationship between water, soils energy and climate into a set of relationship over identified factors which can be systematically used to explore this complexity. This implies integrating into the analysis social challenges and stakeholders perceptions related to the climate-water-food-energy nexus. A new paradigm which has its focus in the generation and testing of narratives will render mainstream new salient terms such as ‘Nexus-analysis’, ‘Nexus-security’ and ‘Nexus-consistency’. Dialogue spaces will be opened, dissemination strategies enacted and mixed qualitative-quantitative tools developed in the context of a community building exercise transcending mechanistic scientist-policy maker separation but taking full advantage of the rich spectrum of actors and institutions active in the Nexus.
MAGIC is a collaborative effort of nine renowned institutions, including the UniversitatAutonoma de Barcelona (coordinator), Wageningen University, University of Twente, The James Hutton Institute, Climate Analytics, University of Bergen, Universitá Napoli Federico II, InstitutoTecnológico de Canarias, and the EC-Joint Research Center.