E-learning: Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems: the Nexus between Water, Energy and Food
In this course provided by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, participants get the chance to become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. Here one will learn to see their community or country as a complex social-ecological system and to describe its water, energy and food metabolism in the form of a pattern, as well as to map the categories of social actors. Here you are provided with the tools to measure the nexus elements and to analyze them in a coherent way across scales and dimensions of analysis. In this way, your quantitative analysis will become useful for informed decision-making.
Furthermore one will be able to detect and quantify dependence on non-renewable resources and externalization of environmental problems to other societies and ecosystems. Practical case studies, from both developed and developing countries, will help you evaluate the state-of-play of a given community or country and to evaluate possible solutions. Last but not least, you will learn to see pressing social-ecological issues, such as energy poverty, water scarcity, and inequity, from a radically different perspective, and to question everything you’ve been told so far.