In recent years the concept of the resource "nexus" has been both hotly debated and widely adopted in research and policy circles. It is a powerful new way to understand and better govern the myriad complex relationships between multiple resources, actors and their security concerns. Particular attention has been paid to water, energy and food interactions, but land and materials emerge as critical too. This comprehensive handbook presents a detailed review of current knowledge about resource nexus-related frameworks, methods and governance, including a broad set of inter-disciplinary perspectives.

Written by an international group of scholars and practitioners, the volume focuses on rigorous research, including tools, methods and modelling approaches to analyse resource use patterns across societies and scales from a "nexus perspective". It also provides numerous examples from political economy to demonstrate how resource nexus frameworks can illuminate issues such as land grabs, mining, renewable energy and the growing importance of economies such as China, as well as to propose lessons and outlooks for sound governance.

The volume seeks to serve as an essential reference text, source book and state-of-the-art, science-based assessment of this increasingly important topic – the resource nexus – and its utility in efforts to enhance sustainability of many kinds and implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in an era of environmental and geopolitical change.

part I|63 pages

Understanding the resource nexus

chapter 1|12 pages

The Resource Nexus

Preface and introduction to the Routledge Handbook
ByRaimund Bleischwitz, Holger Hoff, Catalina Spataru, Ester van der Voet, Stacy D. VanDeveer

chapter 2|17 pages

Appreciating wider environmental angles

ByKaysara Khatun, Gloria Salmoral

chapter 3|13 pages

Scale and the resource nexus

ByCorey Johnson, Stacy D. VanDeveer

chapter 4|19 pages

Security, climate change, and the resource nexus

ByBassel Daher, Sanghyun Lee, Rabi H. Mohtar, Jeremiah O. Asaka, Stacy D. VanDeveer

part 65II|91 pages

Analysing the resource nexus

chapter 5|12 pages

Life Cycle Assessment for resource nexus analysis

ByEster van der Voet, Jeroen B. Guinée

chapter 6|14 pages

Linking society and nature

Material flows and the resource nexus
ByAnke Schaffartzik, Dominik Wiedenhofer

chapter 7|12 pages

Resource footprints

ByStefan Giljum, Martin Bruckner, Stephan Lutter

chapter 8|24 pages

Input–output analysis and resource nexus assessment

ByArnold Tukker, David Font Vivanco

chapter 9|20 pages

Material criticality assessment and resource nexus analysis

ByGavin M. Mudd

chapter 10|7 pages

Industrial ecology methods and the resource nexus

ByEster van der Voet

part III|96 pages

Resource nexus modelling

chapter 11|18 pages

Integrating environmental and social impacts with ecosystem services analysis

ByPerrine Hamel, Benjamin Bryant, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Adrian Vogl

chapter 12|16 pages

Modelling practices from local to global

ByEnrique Kremers, Andreas Koch, Jochen Wendel

chapter 13|14 pages

Global change and K-waves

Exploring future nexus patterns
ByMarkku Wilenius

chapter 14|13 pages

Foresight and scenarios

Modelling practices and resource nexus assessment
ByGerd Ahlert, Martin Distelkamp, Mark Meyer

chapter 15|16 pages

Extending macro-economic modelling into the resource nexus

ByAlvaro Calzadilla, Ramiro Parrado

chapter 16|17 pages

The five-node resource nexus dynamics

An integrated modelling approach
ByCatalina Spataru

part 253IV|91 pages

International political economy and the resource nexus

chapter 17|11 pages

The resource nexus in an uncertain world

A non-equilibrium perspective
ByShilpi Srivastava, Jeremy Allouche

chapter 18|16 pages

Mining and the resource nexus

ByDavid Humphreys

chapter 19|15 pages

Scarcities, supply, and new resource curses?

ByRaimund Bleischwitz, Jun Rentschler

chapter 20|22 pages

The international commodity trade

Stylized facts
ByVincenzo De Lipsis, Paolo Agnolucci, Raimund Bleischwitz

chapter 21|13 pages

Rare earth elements and a resource nexus perspective

ByEva Barteková

chapter 22|12 pages

Governing land in the global south

ByJulia Tomei, Darshini Ravindranath

part V|79 pages

Applying the resource nexus

chapter 23|21 pages

Elements of the water–energy–food nexus in China

ByPhilip Andrews-Speed, Carole Dalin

chapter 24|12 pages

The energy–materials nexus

The case of metals
ByEster van der Voet, René Kleijn, Gavin M. Mudd

chapter 25|12 pages

Unconventional oil and gas production meets the resource nexus

ByTim Boersma, Philip Andrews-Speed

chapter 26|14 pages

Feeding Africa

Nexus-related opportunities, challenges and policy options
ByTimothy O. Williams, Fred Kizito, Marloes L. Mul

chapter 27|18 pages

The five-node resource nexus at sea

ByTundi Agardy

part VI|78 pages

Governing the resource nexus

chapter 28|12 pages

Urban metabolism and new urban governance

ByCorey Johnson

chapter 29|18 pages

Eco-innovation and resource nexus challenges

Ambitions and evidence
ByMichal Miedzin´ski, Will McDowall, Raimund Bleischwitz

chapter 30|11 pages

Green chemistry

Opportunities, waste and food supply chains
ByAvtar Matharu, Eduardo Melo, Joseph A. Houghton

chapter 31|18 pages

California innovations @ WEN

ByBlas L. Pérez Henríquez

chapter 32|17 pages

The UN, global governance and the SDGs

ByMaria Ivanova, Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy