Published: 29 June 2015 at 15:17
Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University have secured funding to investigate how the key resources of food, water and energy are linked, and how a “shock” to one can affect the others, as well as society as a whole.
Led by Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), the £20,000 grant from The Nexus Network, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will bring together academics, policymakers and business experts in a new Nexus Shocks Network to analyse:
Current models are limited in their ability to forecast shocks which can lead to the implementation of sector or country-based policies, such as export bans, which then increase the negative impacts of the shocks.
The sectoral nature of these models means they fail to capture the relationship between inequality in accessing resources, political instability and migration. An example of this is how the rise in the number of refugees from civil conflict increases the likelihood of food crises in host countries.
Project leader Dr Candice Howarth, Senior Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute, said: