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Welcome to the SDGnexus Network

The network in brief

The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centers, and stakeholders committed to promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The SDGnexus Network is a part of the DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” program and, as such, it aims to strengthen higher education for enabling effective and innovative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

The SDGnexus Network has three main objectives:

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The SDGnexus Network promotes the Nexus approach for the establishment of its research framework. The Nexus approach goes beyond the investigation of single SDGs and allows for flexibility in identifying vital context-specific interlinkages between SDGs. Considering the main development challenges of our partner countries and the diverse potential of our partner institutions, we have identified five Nexus areas that will serve as a stepping stone for further research on different SDGs and their interlinkages. The SDGnexus Network Research Publications disseminates multidisciplinary research promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. Our publications encompass a range of formats, including peer-reviewed Research Papers, Books and Book Chapters, Working Papers, and Other Publications. Spanning diverse nexus areas, these research contributions collectively drive the progress of context-specific interlinkages between SDGs.
   

Nexus 1 | Food Systems »

Crop production and livestock husbandry are globally of tremendous importance for food security and nutrition, rural employment, and income generation...

Peer-reviewed Publications »

Rigorously peer-reviewed studies delve into the intersections of various disciplines to provide insights into sustainable development issues.

   

Nexus 2 | Water »

Water is a vital resource for all forms of life on earth, and the use of this resource creates several synergies and trade-offs between a variety of SDGs...

Books and Book Chapters »

In-depth publications that offer extended explorations of critical topics, presenting holistic perspectives and analyses within the framework of sustainable development.

   

Nexus 3 | Urban and Rural Areas »

A growing world population and demographic or socio-economic changes lead to a rapid growth of cities and involve a changing relationship between rural and urban areas...

Working Papers »

Timely works that capture ongoing discussions, preliminary findings, and evolving ideas, fostering open dialogue and encouraging collaboration among researchers and practitioners.

   

Nexus 4 | Natural Resources »

The mining and consumption of raw materials such as fossil fuels and ores have shaped the earth for centuries. It sometimes led to booming economies and prosperous societies...

Other Publications »

Diverse content forms such as policy briefs, commentaries, and letters provide informative overviews, aiding in the dissemination of crucial knowledge to a wide audience interested in sustainable development.

   

Nexus 5 | SDG Monitoring »

Education and innovation on information and communication technologies (ICTs), as well as on big data analytics, are essential tools for successful SDG monitoring...

 
   

 

Are you interested in publishing your work in the SDGnexus Network Working Paper Series?
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Research

The SDGnexus Network promotes the Nexus approach for the establishment of its research framework. The Nexus approach goes beyond the investigation of single SDGs and allows for flexibility in identifying vital context-specific interlinkages between SDGs. Considering the main development challenges of our partner countries and the diverse potential of our partner institutions, we have identified five Nexus areas that will serve as a steppingstone for further research on different SDGs and their interlinkages.

 

 

Nexus 1 | Food Systems


Crop production and livestock husbandry are globally of tremendous importance for food security and nutrition, rural employment, and income generation. However, concerns regarding their ecological implications (e.g., greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, land degradation, overgrazing), as well as genetically modified organisms and animal welfare have risen worldwide. The SDGnexus Network examines potential synergies as well as trade-offs among SDGs with regard to crops and livestock, such as between SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).

The SDGnexusNetwork examines the Synergies and Interactions between the following SDGs:

 

 

Nexus 2 | Water


Water is a vital resource for all forms of life on earth, and the use of this resource creates several synergies and trade-offs between a variety of SDGs. Hydropower generation, for example, will have positive effects on SDGs 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure). However, it might cause adverse effects on the water quality and quantity downstream and affect SDGs 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 14 (Life below Water), and 15 (Life on Land). Nexus 2 (Water) particularly examines the spatial interactions of SDGs that have a close relation to water including that of terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems.

The SDGnexusNetwork examines the Synergies and Interactions between the following SDGs:

 

 

Nexus 3 | Urban and Rural Areas


A growing world population and demographic or socio-economic changes lead to a rapid growth of cities and involve a changing relationship between rural and urban areas. Urbanization itself has been considered as an important topic by SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Nevertheless, it is also closely related to other severe environmental, social, or economic challenges covered by other SDGs. The creation of a sustainable and healthy infrastructure for the provision of clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) or activities to combat climate change (SDG 13) and access to affordable and clean energy (SDG 7) affect cities in many ways. Likewise, the process of urbanization creates new challenges for food security (SDG 2) as cities are dependent on supply chains from rural areas. The depletion of arable land, rural depopulation of the young population, or the purchase of and speculation with arable land can be seen as problems that are closely related to urbanization and which can marginalize the rural population substantially. These developments cause a demand for governance and policies which take into account that problems of cities and rural regions are interrelated and can often only be managed effectively if they consider the demands of both territories appropriately.

The SDGnexusNetwork examines the Synergies and Interactions between the following SDGs:

 

 

Nexus 4 | Natural Resources


The mining and consumption of raw materials such as fossil fuels and ores have shaped the earth for centuries. It sometimes led to booming economies and prosperous societies. However, especially in the Global South, often socio-economic stagnation (SDGs1, 2, 4, 5 and 10), political turmoil (SDG 16) and severe environmental degradation (SDGs14 and 15) are the consequence of resource-led development models. Today, many countries – e.g., in Central Asia and Latin America, but also in the Middle East and Sub-Sahara Africa – continue to rely on the intensive use of such raw materials. Alternatives are offered by the bioeconomy that focuses on utilizing renewable sources. However, this kind of economy is also not free of debate shown by the conflict on food, feed, fiber, and fuel. This topic includes studies on the development pathways of societies that rely on fossil, mineral as well as renewable resources and the development of policy-relevant knowledge to foster economic diversification (SDG 8, 9 and 12).

The SDGnexusNetwork examines the Synergies and Interactions between the following SDGs:
 

 

 

Nexus 5 | SDG Monitoring


Measuring and reporting 17 SDGs can be a tedious effort. Nevertheless, a comprehensive view on all SDGs, the analysis of correlations, and the assessment of functional relations among the different goals and indicators, including indicators on gender related issues as a cross-cutting theme, is vital to get the bigger picture on sustainable development. Education and innovation on information and communication technologies (ICTs), as well as on big data analytics, are essential tools for successful SDG monitoring. Education and innovation in these fields proves to be critical to the generation of new knowledge and to better understand synergies and conflicts between the SDGs. It also strengthens the science-policy interface by enabling commitment of citizens and scientists in producing valuable information to support smarter, evidence-based policies. In addition to the analysis of temporal developments, spatial relationships and interactions of SDGs will also be examined within the core regions of the SDGnexus Network.

The SDGnexusNetwork examines the Synergies and Interactions between the following SDGs:

 



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Peer-reviewed Publications

The research papers of the SDGnexus Network encompass a wide array of multidisciplinary studies that align with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. These papers are published across various nexus areas, collectively contributing to the advancement of sustainability science.

Amirova, I., Petrick, M., & Djanibekov, N. (2022). Investment traps and resilience to shocks: An experimental study of Central Asian collective water governance. Irrigation and Drainage, 71, 110-123.

Assubayeva, A. (2023). Review of uncertainties in water security decision-making in Central Asia. OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Research Paper #12, 1-17

Assubayeva, A., Xenarios, S., Li, A., & Fazli, S. (2022). Assessing water security in Central Asia through a Delphi method and a clustering analysis. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, 970633.

Barrero-Amórtegui, Y., & Maldonado, J. H. (2021). Gender composition of management groups in a conservation agreement framework: experimental evidence for mangrove use in the Colombian Pacific. World Development, 142, 105449. 

Berdimbetov, T., Ilyas, S., Ma, Z. et al. Climatic Change and Human Activities Link to Vegetation Dynamics in the Aral Sea Basin Using NDVI. Earth Syst Environ 5, 303–318 (2021).

Berdimbetov, T., Ma, Z. G., Shelton, S., Ilyas, S., & Nietullaeva, S. (2021). Identifying land degradation and its driving factors in the Aral sea basin from 1982 to 2015. Frontiers in Earth Science, 9, 690000. 

Jehn, F. U., Schneider, M., Wang, J. R., Kemp, L., & Breuer, L. (2021). Betting on the best case: Higher end warming is underrepresented in research. Environmental Research Letters, 16(8), 084036

Birkel, C., Correa Barahona, A., Duvert, C., Granados Bolanos, S., Chavarria Palma, A., Duran Quesada, A. M., ... & Biester, H. (2021). End member and Bayesian mixing models consistently indicate near‐surface flowpath dominance in a pristine humid tropical rainforest. Hydrological Processes, 35(4), e14153. 

Clifton‐Brown, J., Hastings, A., von Cossel, M., Murphy‐Bokern, D., McCalmont, J., Whitaker, J., ... & Kiesel, A. (2023). Perennial biomass cropping and use: Shaping the policy ecosystem in European countries. GCB Bioenergy.

Combariza Diaz, N. C. (2024). Alternative pathways for green hydrogen economy: the case of Colombia. Contemporary Social Science, 1–25.  

Correa, A., Forero, J., Renau, J. M., Lizarazo, I., Mulligan, M., & Codato, D. (2023). Advancing spatial decision-making in a transboundary catchment through multidimensional ecosystem services assessment. Ecosystem Services64, 101554.

Dzhunushalieva, G.D., & Teuber, R. (2024). A bibliometric analysis of trends in the relationship between innovation and food. British Food Journal, 0007-070X.

Dzhunushalieva, G., & Teuber, R. (2024). Roles of innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: A bibliometric analysis. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 9(2), 100472.

Fonseca, K., Espitia, E., Breuer, L., & Correa, A. (2022). Using fuzzy cognitive maps to promote nature-based solutions for water quality improvement in developing-country communities. Journal of Cleaner Production, 377, 134246. 

Forero, J. E. (2022). Caesarism, passive revolution, and the state: Insights from Rafael Correa’s Government in Ecuador (2007–2017). Capital & Class, 47(2), 227-247. 

Funk, C., Tönjes, E., Teuber, R., & Breuer, L. (2024). Reading between the lines: The intersection of research attention and sustainable development goals. Sustainable Development, 1–22

Hajdu, A., Gagalyuk, T., Bukin, E., & Petrick, M. (2021). Determinants of corporate social responsibility among farms in Russia and Kazakhstan: a multilevel approach using survey data. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 24(4), 697-716.

Hartwell, C. A., Otrachshenko, V., & Popova, O. (2021). Waxing power, waning pollution: The effect of COVID-19 on Russian environmental policymaking. Ecological Economics, 184, 107003.

Heidmeier, A. K., & Teuber, R. (2022). Acceptance of in vitro meat and the role of food technology neophobia, dietary patterns and information–Empirical evidence for Germany. British Food Journal, 125(7), 2540-2557. 

Ismailhodjaev, B., Kuatbekova, K., Kholmirzaeva, B., Boburbek, N., Mirzaqubulov, J., Eskaraev, N., & Abduraimova, N. (2022). Activity, patterns, and localization of carbonic acid enzymes in algae used in wastewater treatment. Texas Journal of Engineering and Technology, 14, 11-17.

Jehn, F. U., Schneider, M., Wang, J. R., Kemp, L., & Breuer, L. (2021). Betting on the best case: Higher end warming is underrepresented in research. Environmental Research Letters, 16(8), 084036.

Jehn, F. U., Kemp, L., Ilin, E., Funk, C., Wang, J. R., & Breuer, L. (2022). Focus of the IPCC assessment reports has shifted to lower temperatures. Earth's Future, 10(5), e2022EF002876. 

Khalid, B., Khalid, A., Muslim, S., Habib, A., Khan, K., Alvim, D. S., ... & Chen, B. (2021). Estimation of aerosol optical depth in relation to meteorological parameters over eastern and western routes of China Pakistan economic corridor. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 99, 28-39.

Marco, J., & Goetz, R. (2023). Public policy design and common property resources: A social network approach. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Mavisakalyan, A., Otrachshenko, V., & Popova, O. (2021). Can bribery buy health? Evidence from post-communist countries. Journal of Comparative Economics, 49(4), 991-1007.

Meister, M., Bissinger, K., & Teuber, R. (2021). Faire Lebensmittelpreise: Analyse des Verständnisses von Akteuren entlang der Wertschöpfungskette. Berichte über Landwirtschaft - Zeitschrift für Agrarpolitik und Landwirtschaft, Aktuelle Beiträge.

Menton, M., Larrea, C., Latorre, S., Martinez-Alier, J., Peck, M., Temper, L., & Walter, M. (2020). Environmental justice and the SDGs: from synergies to gaps and contradictions. Sustainability Science, 15, 1621-1636.

Nikolova, M., Popova, O., & Otrachshenko, V. (2022). Stalin and the origins of mistrust. Journal of Public Economics, 208, 104629.

Otrachshenko, V., Popova, O., & Tavares, J. (2020). Extreme temperature and extreme violence: evidence from Russia. Economic Inquiry, 59(1), 243-262

Otrachshenko, V., & Nunes, L. C. (2022). Fire takes no vacation: Impact of fires on tourism. Environment and Development Economics, 27(1), 86-101. 

Otrachshenko, V., & Popova, O. (2022). Does weather sharpen income inequality in Russia? Review of Income and Wealth, 68, S193-S223. 

Otrachshenko, V., Popova, O., Nikolova, M., & Tyurina, E. (2022). COVID-19 and entrepreneurship entry and exit: Opportunity amidst adversity. Technology in Society, 71, 102093.

Otrachshenko, V., Tyurina, E., & Nagapetyan, A. (2022). The economic value of the Glass Beach: Contingent valuation and life satisfaction approaches. Ecological Economics, 198, 107466. 

Otrachshenko, V., Hartwell, C. A., & Popova, O. (2023). Energy efficiency, market competition, and quality certification: Lessons from Central Asia. Energy Policy, 177, 113539.

Otrachshenko, V., Nikolova, M., & Popova, O. (2023). Double-edged sword: persistent effects of Communist regime affiliations on well-being and preferences. Journal of Population Economics, 36(3), 1139-1185.

Otrachshenko, V., Popova, O., & Alimukhamedova, N. (2024). Rainfall variability and labor allocation in Uzbekistan: the role of women’s empowerment. Post-Soviet Affairs, 1-20.

Otrachshenko, V., Iliyas, S., & Alimukhamedova, N. (2024). Informal Network as a Coping Strategy in the Climate–Livestock Relationship. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 1-29.

Paha, J., & Funk, C. (2023). Is Grade Repetition in South Africa Lowered by Access to Electric Light or ICT Devices? SSRN 4356410.

Petrick, M. (2021). Post-Soviet agricultural restructuring: A success story after all?. Comparative Economic Studies, 63(4), 623-647.

Ramón, J., Correa, A., Timbe, E., Mosquera, G. M., Mora, E., & Crespo, P. (2021). Do mixing models with different input requirement yield similar streamflow source contributions? Case study: A tropical montane catchment. Hydrological Processes, 35(6), e14209.

Robinson, S., Bozayeva, Z., Mukhamedova, N., Djanibekov, N., & Petrick, M. (2021). Ranchers or pastoralists? Farm size, specialisation and production strategy amongst cattle farmers in south-eastern Kazakhstan. Pastoralism, 11(1), 31.

Robinson, S., & Petrick, M. (2024). Land access and feeding strategies in post-Soviet livestock husbandry: Evidence from a rangeland system in Kazakhstan. Agricultural Systems 219 (2024) 104011. 

Rocha, J. C., Schill, C., Saavedra-Díaz, L. M., Moreno, R. D. P., & Maldonado, J. H. (2020). Cooperation in the face of thresholds, risk, and uncertainty: Experimental evidence in fisher communities from Colombia. PLos One, 15(12), e0242363.   

Sarmah, S., Singha, M., Wang, J., Dong, J., Burman, P. K. D., Goswami, S., Yong, G., Ilyas, S., & Niu, S. (2021). Mismatches between vegetation greening and primary productivity trends in South Asia–A satellite evidence. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 104, 102561.

Schwab, J., & Diaz, N. C. C. (2023). The discursive blinkers of climate change: Energy transition as a wicked problem. The Extractive Industries and Society, 15, 101319.

Sidle, R. C., Khan, A. A., Caiserman, A., Qadamov, A., & Khojazoda, Z. (2023). Food security in high mountains of Central Asia: A broader perspective. BioScience73(5), 347-363.

Teuber, R., & Jensen, J. D. (2021). Producers' and processors' perceptions of locality and its interaction with the concept of organic farming–empirical evidence from Denmark. British Food Journal, 123(12), 4049-4068.

Venegas-Cordero, N., Birkel, C., Giraldo-Osorio, J. D., Correa-Barahona, A., Duran-Quesada, A. M., Arce-Mesen, R., & Nauditt, A. (2021). Can hydrological drought be efficiently predicted by conceptual rainfall-runoff models with global data products?. Journal of Natural Resources and Development, 11, 20-37.

Vishnu, S., Sathyan, A.R., Sam, A. S., Radhakrishnan, A., Ragavan, S. O., Kandathil, J. V., & Funk, C. (2022). Digital competence of higher education learners in the context of COVID-19 triggered online learning. Social Sciences & Humanities Open, 100320.

Zhang, Z., Su, B., Chen, Y., Lan, J., Bilal, M., Pan, M., Ilyas, S., & Khedher, K. M. (2022). Study on Vertically Distributed Aerosol Optical Characteristics over Saudi Arabia Using CALIPSO Satellite Data. Applied Sciences, 12(2), 603.

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Books and Book Chapters

The books and book chapters of the SDGnexus Network encompass a wide array of multidisciplinary studies that align with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. These books and book chapters are published across various nexus areas, collectively contributing to the advancement of sustainability science.

Alarcón, P. (2021). The Ecuadorian Oil Era. Nature, Rent, and the State. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft (Studien zu Lateinamerika, v.40) 

Ikromov, I.I., & Kadamov, A. (2021). Agroforestry Against Wind Erosion Damage: A Case Study in Tajikistan. In: Mueller, L., Sychev, V.G., Dronin, N.M., Eulenstein, F. (eds) Exploring and Optimizing Agricultural Landscapes. Innovations in Landscape Research. Springer, Cham 

Ikromov, I.I., Kadamov, A. (2021). Agroforestry Against Wind Erosion Damage: A Case Study in Tajikistan. In: Mueller, L., Sychev, V.G., Dronin, N.M., Eulenstein, F. (eds) Exploring and Optimizing Agricultural Landscapes. Innovations in Landscape Research. Springer, Cham

Lizarazo, I. (2023). ¿Existe una línea base de información para territorializar el objetivo de desarrollo sostenible “Agua Limpia y Saneamiento” para todos en Colombia?. En: Transformando Colombia : objetivos de desarrollo sostenible (pp. 40-55). Editorial Universidad Nacional de Colombia 

Louis, T., Molope, M., & Peters, S. (2021). Dealing with the Past. Perspectives from Latin America, South Africa and Germany. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG 

Peters, S. (2021). Political Power and Social Inequalities in Memory and Oblivion. In Dealing with the Past (pp. 61-86). Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Peters, S. (2021). The Education System of Venezuela: Inequalities Before, During, and After the “Bolivarian Revolution”. In The Education Systems of the Americas (pp. 1-26). Cham: Springer International Publishing 

Peters, S., Rohland, E., Kaltmeier, O., Burchardt, H. J., & Schnepel, C. (Eds.). (2021). Krisenklima: Umweltkonflikte aus lateinamerikanischer Perspektive (Vol. 41). Nomos Verlag

Popova, O., & Otrachshenko, V. (2020). Religion and happiness. Handbook of Labor, Human  Resources and Population Economics, 1-20 

Sehring, J., Sharipova, B., & Assubayeva, A. (2024). The politics of water governance in Central Asia: institutionalizing river basin management". Chapter 15 In Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Water Resources. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 

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Working Papers

The discussion and working papers of the SDGnexus Network encompass a wide array of multidisciplinary studies that align with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. These papers are published across various nexus areas, collectively contributing to the advancement of sustainability science.

Amirova, I., Petrick, M., and Djanibekov, N. (2022). Community, state and market: Understanding historical water governance evolution in Central Asia. Halle (Saale), Germany, IAMO Discussion Paper No. 200, Halle (Saale): IAMO

Auzepy, A., Tönjes, E., Lenz, D., & Funk, C. (2023). Evaluating TCFD Reporting: A New Application of Zero-Shot Analysis to Climate-Related Financial Disclosures 

Beer, K., Biedenkopf, K., Breitmeier, H., Gerner, M., Große, N., Gumbert, T., et al. (2021). Digital Sustainability Education-Potential, Development Trends and Good Practices. SDGnexus Network Working Paper 03-2021. Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen

Castellanos, Y., and Marco, J. (2023). A Bioeconomic Approach to Sustainable Forest Management in the Colombian Amazon. Environment for Development, Discussion Paper Series, EfD DP 23-13.

Gómez Mateus, A. M., Grimm, L., & Waldhardt, R. (2021). Conversion of pastures to oil palm plantations in Colombia generates lower greenhouse gas emissions than cattle ranching: a literature research. SDGnexus Network Working Paper 04-2021. Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen 

Otrachshenko, V., Nikolova, M., & Popova, O. (2021). Double-edged sword: Persistent effects of Communism on life satisfaction. GLO Discussion Paper, No.927, Global Labor Organization (GLO), Essen

Otrachshenko, V., Popova, O., & Alimukhamedova, N. (2023). Rainfall Variability and Labor Allocation in Uzbekistan: The Role of Women's Empowerment. IZA DP No. 16421

Robinson, S. & Petrick, M. (2021). Sustainable Development Goals and the livestock sector in Central Asia. SDGnexus Network Working Paper 02-2021. Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen

Robinson, S., & Petrick, M. (2021). Trade-offs among sustainability goals in the Central Asian livestock sector: A research review. SDGnexus Network Working Paper 01-2021. Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU), Justus Liebig University Giessen  

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01.06.2023 - Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev joins SDGnexus Network as a Guest Professor based at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany

The SDGnexus Network has appointed Dr. Iskandar Abdullaev, a renowned water management expert on Central Asia, as a Guest Professor at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. He will join the Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) in July 2023 for 12 months. The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centres, and stakeholders in Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America committed to promoting the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
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Water Security & Climate Change Conference 2024

About
The Water Security and Climate Change Conference (WSCC) is an annual event where scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relationship to climate variability and climate change. The conference strives to go beyond science and build bridges between the state-of-the-art in multiple disciplines and different groups of stakeholders and practitioners. The WSCC aims to provide a platform for discussions on water and food secure societies, by creating a stimulating environment that produces innovative ideas and clear pathways towards their implementation. This successful conference has already taken place in Thailand, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam, and Ecuador.
Background
The WSCC is an initiative of the ‘Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed’ program. It has been initially implemented under the auspices of the Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries network (SWINDON) and the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) in close cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The scientific and organizational committee has been continuously expanded and today includes the Food Security Center (FSC) and the SDGnexus Network.
Conference Themes


  • Theme 1: Integrated Urban-Rural Water Management (IUWM)
  • Theme 2: Agriculture and Resource-Use Transformation along the Urban-Rural Continuum
  • Theme 3: From Data to Decision: Building a Sustainable Water Future

Insights from the WSCC23

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Themes 2024

The traditional business-as-usual approach to urban water management has massively complicated and hindered urban development pathways with dynamically designed and adaptable infrastructure and technologies. A forward-looking IUWM approach means a paradigm shift from a traditional set of technologies to a synergistic (dynamic) relationship and solutions for urban agglomerations and the interplay with adjacent rural areas. The successful linkage between the urban system and the watershed requires social participation and integrated management to achieve optimal social, economic and environmental outcomes. This will ensure that the processes and outcomes meet the requirements of sustainability. The integrated approach to urban-rural water management requires interdisciplinary approaches and the bringing together of components that affect urban water management, such as stormwater and flood protection, wastewater treatment, water supply and solid waste, and rural areas with watersheds, groundwater and agricultural activities. This interaction between urban and rural areas can be seen, for example, in the effects caused by the disproportionate growth of urban areas. For example, the availability and quality of water in the surrounding rural areas can be affected by excessive and uncontrolled water consumption and the discharge of untreated wastewater, which in turn affects the general quality and availability of water. IUWM is a highly complex field with a multitude of boundary conditions, dynamic processes and optimization requirements, in which individual site conditions (political, administrative, social and technological) must also be taken into account. This is where the use of AI makes sense. The use of AI can close the gap of intelligent supporting infrastructure in integrated urban-rural water management projects and help to realize smart management and monitoring, e.g. with regard to autonomous operation, intelligent inspection, remote control and emergency measures on site. Furthermore, AI can be used to optimize the determination of the Urban Water Security Index as a reliable decision-making criterion for planners in the field of urban water management. The contributions and discussions related to integrated urban-rural water management will focus particularly on the following aspects:
  • Urban-rural continuum and urban spatial planning
  • Urban-rural water security
  • Big data and AI in urban-rural water management


The predicted population growth in urban areas worldwide will lead to enormous challenges in the supply and distribution of water, food, and energy. For this reason, rural and urban areas must be interlinked, and strategies developed to ensure the efficient use and exchange of resources. Sustainable agricultural production and landscape management with innovative concepts for urban areas and transition zones are necessary to ensure livelihoods and environmental health along the urban-rural continuum. Land-use concepts should target increased urban primary productivity, shortening resource cycles, efficient water use and increased water quality as well as an improved urban climate in adaptation to increasing temperatures. In this thematic area the conference will particularly focus on how agricultural systems can be interfaced efficiently along the rural-urban continuum regarding resource availability, food production, social peace, health, ecological sustainability, urban climate management and related themes.

The contributions and discussions related to the agriculture topic area will focus particularly on the following
aspects of the rural-urban continuum:

  • Agricultural production systems in transition between rural and urban areas
  • Innovation & resource use in urban agriculture
  • Water pathways and food webs affecting markets, people, and livelihoods along the rural-urban continuum.

In a world facing an escalating crisis of water scarcity and the intensifying pressures of climate change, embracing data-driven decision-making has become paramount for optimizing the utilization of this vital resource - guaranteeing equitable access for all. Real-time information from sensor networks, satellites, and citizen initiatives provides valuable insight into the state of our water resources, both in terms of their quantity and quality. Using an open-science approach fosters transparency and collaboration between researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and communities, breaking down silos and promoting knowledge sharing. Besides, effective knowledge management is key. Data curation, analysis, and visualization transform complex information into actionable insights, empowering stakeholders to proactively navigate water challenges. Particularly universities and research institutions play a vital role as hubs for innovation, research, and capacity building, fostering the next generation of water data experts.

However, utilizing the power of data alone is not enough. While open science and knowledge management unlock the insights from diverse sources, we must go further and consider the broader connections within water resource management. This is where “nexus thinking” comes into play. Recognizing the interconnectedness of water with food, energy, and the environment, we can leverage data to develop integrated (e.g., nature based) solutions or implement hybrid approaches that combine cutting-edge technology with traditional methods. Through combined efforts and the implementation of data-driven approaches, we can achieve optimal water resource management, enhance resilience to challenges, and establish a sustainable future where all have access to this essential resource. Consequently, Theme 3 invites researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to share their insights on data-driven strategies, open science approaches, nexus thinking, and knowledge management.

The contributions and discussions related to information technologies and managing urban water data will focus
particularly on the following aspects:

  • Sensing Change: Open Data for Regional Water & Climate
  • Transforming Data into Action: Knowledge Management for Water Security
  • Connecting the Dots: From Data to Water-Energy-Food Solutions
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Keynote Speakers

Our keynote speakers, experts at the forefront of water security, climate change, and sustainable development, will share their perspectives on the complex interplay of these critical issues. Their presentations will stimulate thought-provoking discussions and encourage collaborations that can drive innovative solutions for a water- and food-secure future. Learn more about this year's keynote speakers or watch videos from last year's presenters below.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Gerten

Image: © PIK/Klemens Karkow (2020)

Dieter Gerten is geographer and hydrologist and works as research group leader of the group “Terrestrial Safe Operating Space” (TESS) at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He is also Professor for Global Change Climatology and Hydrology at the Humboldt University Berlin.

His research focuses on global water resources, particularly on agricultural water scarcity as well as on the impacts of climate change and human activities on water cycles and ecosystems. His team primarily investigates interlinkages between planetary boundaries and the role of the freshwater cycle in the Earth system, based on a terrestrial biosphere model that simulates the key underlying processes and dynamics.

Throughout his career, Gerten has published >150 peer-reviewed papers and books and contributed to the 5th IPCC Assessment Report. In addition, he is in the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal Detritus and served as Associate or Guest Editor of several journals, amongst others of Hydrological Sciences Journal, Earth Perspectives, and PNAS. Furthermore, since 2020 he is co-speaker of the Leibniz Research Network “Earth & Societies”, and member of the Advisory Board of the European Forum for the Study of Religion & Environment.

Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers

  • Professorship for Geography, focus on Ecohydrology and Water Resources Management at the University of Bonn
  • Chair UNESCO-Chair in Human-Water-Systems

  • The entire profile will be published soon.

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    Dr. Johannes Cullmann

  • Director for Impact and Partnerships - IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

  • The entire profile will be published soon.

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    Prof. Dr. Folkard Asch

  • Crop Water Stress Management in the Tropics and Subtropics at the Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute of the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Hohenheim

  • The entire profile will be published soon.

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    Keynotes 2023

    Keynotes 2023

    Get a sneak peek into the thought-provoking discussions and potential collaborations you can expect by watching these insightful talks from last year's conference.
    Wouter Buytaert
    Co-producing climate adaptation strategies for mountain water security
    Mountains are among the most at risk of global climate change. They combine highly complex and variable biogeochemical processes with vulnerable populations and development challenges. The high complexity of such systems is a challenge to the design and implementation of adaptation strategies. They need to be adapted to the local environment, but also with the socio-cultural setting and specific human and environmental needs. A co-production approach can help ensuring that the multi-faceted needs and preferences of vulnerable communities are accounted for. Using experiences of projects in South America, Africa, and South Asia, my talk elaborates the challenges and opportunities of co-producing adaptation strategies for water security, and highlights some success stories using novel approaches and technologies for data collection, analysis, and knowledge production.

    Jami Nelson-Nuñez
    Confronting the Politics of Water Security
    Increasing access to drinking water was one of the success stories of the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, eight years into the Sustainable Development Goals, there is reason to believe that we are increasingly off target. To address the challenge of water security, we need to contend with misconceptions about why people lack access to water and recognize the institutional roots of water inequities. Because institutions serve to create clarity and regulate behavior, they protect the status quo and become obstacles in responding to rapidly changing water landscapes. In this talk, I draw from what communities have taught me about institutional arrangements that can increase local water security as well as what lessons political science can offer regarding our shared challenge ahead to reshape institutions to address water security at national and global levels.

    Aluísio Granato de Andrade
    Climate-Smart Agriculture in Brazil: Soil, Water&Resilience
    Brazilian agriculture, a cornerstone of the national economy, faces significant challenges due to widespread land degradation and the escalating impacts of climate change. Erosion, extreme weather events, and shifting rainfall patterns threaten both crop yields and the quality of agricultural products. These environmental stresses have far-reaching consequences, affecting food security, ecological balance, and various economic sectors. To address these challenges, a multifaceted approach is required. Adaptation strategies, such as the implementation of integrated agricultural production systems, offer promising solutions for sustainable land management and increased resilience to climate change. These systems can enhance productivity without further deforestation, while also contributing to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission reduction. By embracing innovative technologies and sustainable practices, Brazil can not only protect its agricultural sector but also contribute to global efforts to combat climate change.

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    Abstract Submission

    Abstract Submission Platform is CLOSED
    Thank you for your contributions. We will contact all authors soon.

    All relevant information related to the abstract submission are summarized in the call for abstracts. Please note: The WSCC24 is planned as an in-person conference. An online participation for presenters is not foreseen. All presenters should be prepared to be at the conference in Gießen to present their content during the conference.

     

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    Submission Instructions
     
    • All abstracts must be submitted online between 01 May and 23 June 2024
    • Abstracts can be submitted as ‘Oral or Poster Presentation’ or ‘Poster Presentation only’
    • All abstracts must be submitted through the submission portal in text form
    • The following information must be included in the submitted abstract: presentation title, all author(s)’ identifying information (including names, degrees, and institutional affiliations), WSCC topics (see list of topics in the submission portal), three to five keywords and narrative text (limited to 1800 characters)
    • The conference organization committee may propose an alternative presentation format (open space sessions), based on the available times in the conference program
     
    Criteria for Abstract Selection
     
    Abstracts will be selected by the WSCC scientific committee on the basis of the need to organize a well-balanced program and according to the following criteria:
    • Relevance of the presentation for the conference themes
    • Potential of the presentation to link science, practice, and decision-making
    • Quality of abstract, in terms of content and language
    • Originality and innovation
    • The introduction text should not exceed 25% of the total abstract. The methods, results, and problem solving approach should denote 75% of the abstract.
     
    Limited Funding for Selected Presenters

    Limited funding is available to support selected presenters in particular from DAC listed countries. The conference organizers will contact potential presenters eligible for funding after the submission deadline to determine the further proceeding. For selected presenters the WSCC24 may cover, depending on the necessity:

    • International travel (round-trip ticket) from the nearest international airport in the country of departure to Frankfurt am Main (FRA).
    • Airport transfer to/from the hotel in Gießen by public transport or shuttle.
    • The registration fee for the conference.
    • Four nights of accommodation (check-in 08th of October, check-out 12th of October) in a hotel selected by the conference organizing team including breakfast.

    Please note that the WSCC2024 will NOT cover the following:

    • Local transport from current place of residence to the nearest international airport in your country
    • Airport taxes, if any
    • Visa fee, if any
    • Travel health insurance fees
    • Daily allowance or boarding that exceeds the meals that are offered during the conference

    Spouses/Partners are not supported, but they can attend the conference as participants when paying the conference fee. Travel arrangements for spouses/partners need to be arranged by the participant and will not be organized by the conference organizers.

     
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    The network in brief

    The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centers, and stakeholders committed to promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The SDGnexus Network is a part of the DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” program and, as such, it aims to strengthen higher education for enabling effective and innovative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

    The SDGnexus Network has three main objectives:

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    SustainableDevelopmentGoalsnexus Network
    Senckenbergstrasse 3
    D-35390 Giessen
    Phone: +49 641 99 12705
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    Call for Guest Professorship

    The SDGnexus Network at the Center for International Development and Environmental Research (Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs- und Umweltforschung, ZEU), based at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Germany, invites applications for a

    Guest Professorship
    Sustainable Development Goal Interactions

    The position is available from July 01, 2024, for a period of six months.

    About the SDGnexus Network

    The SDGnexus Network, consisting of partners from Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, provides a common research framework related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and aims to analyze synergies and trade-offs among individual SDGs (SDG nexus analysis). The SDGnexus Network intends to prepare the next generation of scientists by implementing a variety of teaching programs and training activities, with particular attention to the needs of junior researchers. The SDGnexus Network investigates interrelations among single SDGs within the following five focal research areas: Food systems, Water, Urban & rural areas, Natural resources, and SDG monitoring. Please find further information on the research areas at https://t1p.de/q7mw

    The SDGnexus Network is supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

    Your responsibilities

    As a guest professor, you will

    • be involved in teaching activities related the international virtual study program MSc Sustainable Transition,
    • conduct research in line with one or more of the five core research areas of the SDGnexus Network,
    • draft a third-party funding proposal related to one or more research areas defined above,
    • support our early career scientists in their scientific development.

    Please note: We expect your presence in Giessen during the entire duration of your guest professorship. A virtual participation is not possible.

    Your qualifications and competences

    You

    • hold an excellent Ph.D. in a research field related to the SDGs,
    • have a comprehensive track record of peer reviewed publications, including high level publications,
    • have extensive teaching experience related to at least one of the research areas defined above,
    • have a citizenship of an ODA recipient country and conduct research in Central Asia or Latin America,
    • communicate fluently in spoken and written English,
    • are a highly motivated person that brings curiosity in research and is committed to pursue scientific excellence in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, and international environment.

    Our offer to you

    During your stay we offer

    • a monthly gross salary of EUR 5,500,
    • a fully equipped working place at the Center for International Development and Environmental Research based at the Justus Liebig University Giessen,
    • a research network with partners from Latin America and Central Asia that grants you a close collaboration with ongoing research projects,
    • a return ticket for you and optionally for family members travelling with you (spouse and minor children).

    Application process

    Please submit your application stating the reference code SDGNN/GP3 until March 31, 2024, using our platform: https://survey.hrz.uni-giessen.de/index.php/548931?lang=en

    Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file. Only complete applications, with documents in the order listed below, will be accepted:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • One-page mission statement with an outline of research interest
    • Plan of proposed teaching activities
    • Documentation of teaching experience (teaching portfolio)
    • Academic Certificates
    • List of publications
    • List of external research funds

    The SDGnexus Network is seeking a larger percentage of women in academia; therefore, qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. The SDGnexus Network is part of the JLU, which is a family-friendly university. We therefore welcome applicants with children. We give preference to applications from disabled people of equal aptitude. For further information on the Center for International Development and Environmental Research or the SDGnexus Network see https://www.uni-giessen.de/zeu or https://www.sdgnexus.net

    Please be aware that we will only contact successful applicants.

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