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Mapping the Nexus workshops

Stakeholder engagement is a foundation of the STEPPING UP project. To get things started IRobert Sparkes took part in two workshops in November 2015 to map the Water-Energy-Food nexus, looking at the driving forces, overlaps and interactions in all three systems. The workshops were funded by the ESRC Nexus Network...

Project Launched

Project Launched

STEPPING UP team members met in Manchester last week to launch the research project. After two days of intense but productive discussions the project is certainly heading in an exciting direction.

This website is one upshot of that meeting, and will provide a portal for us to report how the project is going, distribute information and papers, and explain the importance of turning small-scale sustainability ideas into big changes



The STEPPING UP project is a collaboration between sustainability researchers at universities and research institutes across the UK. We are working to understand the interactions of water, energy and food sustainability and security in a changing world.

Stepping Up means testing whether a small innovation that improves sustainability for the Water-Energy-Food nexus is also a success at a larger scale. When rolled-out across a town, region or country, are the benefits still there?

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