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Globally and locally sustainable food-water-energy innovation in urban living labs - glocull

Grant number: 17/50423-6
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: June 01, 2018 - May 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Cooperation agreement: Belmont Forum
Principal Investigator:Gabriela Marques Di Giulio
Grantee:Gabriela Marques Di Giulio
Principal investigator abroad: Mark Swilling
Institution abroad: Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Principal investigator abroad: Daniel J. Lang
Institution abroad: Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany
Principal investigator abroad: Ron Cörvers
Institution abroad: Maastricht University, Maastricht (UM), Netherlands
Principal investigator abroad: Nigel Forrest
Institution abroad: Arizona State University, Phoenix (ASU), United States
Principal investigator abroad: Barry Ness
Institution abroad: Lund University, Sweden
Principal investigator abroad: Andreas Muhar
Institution abroad: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/21362-1 - Globally and locally-sustainable food-water-energy innovation in Urban Living Labs, sustainable urbanisation global initiative - GLOCULL – project: local dynamics and conflicts around the multiple interests and uses in the Billings Reservoir from nexus approach, BP.PD
18/21249-0 - Globally and Locally-sustainable Food-Water-Energy innovation in urban living labs - GLOCULL - project indicators system for sustainability assessment in urban food/water and energy integrated projects, BP.PD


Many cities across the globe experiment with innovative solutions to challenges the food, water and energy system. However, issues of food water and energy are often tightly connected with each other, not only locally but also globally. This is known as the Food-Water-Energy (FWE) nexus. As a result an effective solution to a local water problem may cause new local problems the food or energy, or cause new water problems at the global. For local actors, it is very difficult to anticipate whether solutions to one issue in the FWE nexus are sustainable across food, water and energy systems, both at the local and the global scale. In response the GLOCULL project aims to develop a novel approach to produce innovative solutions to FWE challenges that are both locally and globally sustainable, through experiments in Urban Living Labs in seven countries (Austria. Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, South –Africa, Sweden and the USA). (AU)