MAGIC - Moving Towards Adaptive Governance In Complexity: Informing Nexus Security

MAGIC - Moving Towards Adaptive Governance In Complexity: Informing Nexus Security

The project “Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security” (MAGIC) is a four-year project funded by the EU under the H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage programme; topic “Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation” (WATER-2b-2015).

MAGIC takes a fresh look at the EU 2020 strategy’s aim for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth set in the context of the existing recession, of the worrying signals of disaffection toward the European project and of science’s own governance crisis. The goal of MAGIC is to transform Nexus from a shorthand to signify the complexity of the relationship between water, soils energy and climate into a set of relationship over identified factors which can be systematically used to explore this complexity. This implies integrating into the analysis social challenges and stakeholders perceptions related to the climate-water-food-energy nexus. A new paradigm which has its focus in the generation and testing of narratives will render mainstream new salient terms such as ‘Nexus-analysis’, ‘Nexus-security’ and ‘Nexus-consistency’. Dialogue spaces will be opened, dissemination strategies enacted and mixed qualitative-quantitative tools developed in the context of a community building exercise transcending mechanistic scientist-policy maker separation but taking full advantage of the rich spectrum of actors and institutions active in the Nexus.

MAGIC is a collaborative effort of ten renowned institutions, including the Autonomous University of Barcelona (coordinator), The James Hutton Institute, Wageningen University, University of Twente, Climate Analytics, University of Bergen, the EC-Joint Research Center, University of Naples “Federico II”, the Technological Institute of Canary Islands, and the Yale University as external partner.

The official start date of MAGIC is 1 June 2016.

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