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Resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment (ResNexus)

Grant number: 15/50132-6
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: March 01, 2016 - February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science
Cooperation agreement: ESRC, UKRI ; NWO
Principal Investigator:Leandro Luiz Giatti
Grantee:Leandro Luiz Giatti
Principal investigator abroad: Fiona Marshall
Institution abroad: University of Sussex (US), England
Principal investigator abroad: Gert Spaargaren
Institution abroad: Wageningen University, Netherlands
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/17796-3 - Conflicts and power relations: the water-energy-food nexus in the production of ethanol in the State of São Paulo, BP.PD
16/25375-5 - Resilience and sustainability nexus in metropolitan contexts: intersectoral synergies from public policies, BP.DR
16/17874-1 - Resilience and vulnerability at the urban nexus of food, water, energy and the environment (ResNexus), BP.PD
15/21311-0 - Participatory Geographic Information System (GIS) for social and environmental governance, BP.PD


The provisioning of food, water and energy services in urban areas involves infrastructures and resource flows which are heavily dependent on each other and on the natural environment. We conceptualize this interdependence as the urban Nexus. The project investigates how the social and ecological trade-offs associated with the Nexus interact with existing relations of power in maintaining and producing urban vulnerabilities. Based on this analysis, the project derives implications for improving the governance of service provision at the Nexus, in order to meet overall resilience objectives, whilst addressing the vulnerabilities experienced by marginalized urban communities and individuals. It therefore cuts across the two research themes of ‘resilience’ and ‘governance and democracy’. Focusing on access to infrastructures and resource flows by the urban poor in three midsized cities in East Africa, Brazil and Eastern Europe, the project engages with the two policy areas of ‘poverty, inequality and vulnerability’ and ‘infrastructure and the built environment’. Through participatory vision-building workshops and inter-city exchanges of policymakers and NGO representatives, the project attempts to involve these expected beneficiaries directly in the research process. Placing central importance on users’ practices and their (re)connection with policy-led interventions, the project aims to provide new insights into the depending of democracy in urban governance. To facilitate broad-based communication, the project’s key research outputs (frames, methodologies, findings) will be converted into policy briefs, blog posts, anonymized digital archives on the project’s webpage and teaching materials for schools. (AU)

Articles published in Agência FAPESP about the research grant
Investigating social and environmental problems in Brazil, Africa and Eastern Europe 

Scientific publications (5)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DUARTE, JULIANA LUCIA; DIAZ-QUIJANO, FREDI ALEXANDER; BATISTA, ANTONIO CARLOS; GIATTI, LEANDRO LUIZ. Climatic variables associated with dengue incidence in a city of the Western Brazilian Amazon region. Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical, v. 52, 2019. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BENITES-LAZARO, L. L.; GIATTI, L.; GIAROLLA, A. Topic modeling method for analyzing social actor discourses on climate change, energy and food security. ENERGY RESEARCH & SOCIAL SCIENCE, v. 45, n. SI, p. 318-330, NOV 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BENITES-LAZARO, LIRA LUZ; GIATTI, LEANDRO; GIAROLLA, ANGELICA. Sustainability and governance of sugarcane ethanol companies in Brazil: Topic modeling analysis of CSR reporting. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 197, n. 1, p. 583-591, OCT 1 2018. Web of Science Citations: 1.
. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública = Pan American Journal of Public Health, v. 42, p. -, 2018.
LEANDRO LUIZ GIATTI; PEDRO ROBERTO JACOBI; ANA KARINA MERLIN DO IMPERIO FAVARO; VANESSA LUCENA EMPINOTTI. O nexo água, energia e alimentos no contexto da Metrópole Paulista. Estudos avançados, v. 30, n. 88, p. 43-61, Dez. 2016.

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