The analysis of urban food-energy-water nexuses in a changing global context and its implications for human security constitutes a research interest of the Knowledge Platform for Urban Transformation. It focuses on the case of El Paso-Ciudad Juarez region, an area of great significance.

The region comprises two transboundary cities, or so-called "sister cities" that constitute a single conurbation divided by an international border which demarcates unequal patterns of space production. It is a region that faces socioeconomic, governance and environmental challenges that are emblematic for other regions along the US-Mexico border. It is however a peculiar case as well due to its geographical location, far-away from other major settlements. Such relative isolation forces El Paso–Ciudad Juarez region to quickly build a resilient and sustainable robust development pathway if undesirable implications are to be avoided in a global environmental changing context.

Two are the main objectives of the project:

  1. Address the biophysical and socio-political conditions that create differential food-energy-water security risks across urban communities, and
  2. identify how governance responses shape food-water-energy regional security

The expected deliverables are: a) qualitative and quantitative data to inform mapping and modeling of pre-existing vulnerabilities of urban residents to FEW-security risks; b) cognitive maps of understandings of interactions among FEW resources and their governance for each of the case study cities; c) quantitative comparative analysis of city-specific conditions and responses to FEW security risks as represented in the respective cognitive maps for each city; and d) shared understanding of FEW security dynamics in two cit

Documentary and field work have been carried out during 2019 in both cities, including a couple of workshops with key academic and governmental actors. A report with the main findings of both workshops, as well as other outcomes of the project will be posted here.

The project is recipient of funds from the University of Texas A&M and the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, the latter through the participation of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on the Sciences and Humanities of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The Municipal Research and Planning Institute of Ciudad Juárez and the Knowledge Platform for Urban Transformation have also participated as additional partners.


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