Organisers: Ralitsa Hiteva and Dona Pickard

Call for papers for the ResNexus 2018 Conference at Wageningen University,
7th and 8th November 2018

This session is interested in case studies, examples and presentations covering the spectrum of interactions (engagement, co-production, co-existence, complementarity, learning etc.) between the policy, politics and everyday practices of urban dwellers in the urban nexus (between food-water-energy and the environment). This covers cases where disjunctures between policy, politics and practice lead to aggravations between the different elements of the nexus, which in turn result in vulnerabilities for urban dwellers. There are cases where overlaps between policy, politics and/or practice do exist, but they might not necessarily add value to each other’s activities and objectives. We are equally interested in cases where policy, politics and practices are working together or advancements in one or two of these areas have created an opportunity for the development of other(s). For example, there are places where powerful social movements organised around a nexus practice, such as urban gardening, have opened up a space for nexus politics and policy in the city.

We are keen to receive submissions covering a wide range of interactions, practices (i.e. urban gardening, solidarity cooking and sharing, food preservation for the winter etc) and contexts (developed, developing, countries in transition).

We are particularly keen to receive submissions for places where the urban nexus is a black box and urban nexus practices have emerged from everyday coping practices and volunteer communities. If and how those communities conceptualize and communicate their needs of urban nexus policies with the policy-makers is also an important issue we would like to look into. Submissions are welcome from practitioners, policy-makers and researchers.
Please send a 250 word abstract max to the organisers R.Hiteva@sussex.ac.uk and dona.pickard@gmail.com by May 31st. 
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by July 2nd, 2018. 
Registration waivers are available for participants with need, please contact the session organisers and Dr Patience Mguni at patience.mguni@wur.nl with any queries.

For more details about the conference please check: https://www.resnexus2018.org

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