A social network analysis of collaborative governance for the food-energy-water nexus in Phoenix, AZ, USA

J. Leah Jones, Dave D. White

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Abstract

Despite the known benefits of integrated policy and planning, traditional governance decisions in the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus are often made without cross-sector collaboration, potentially leading to unintended consequences and decreased resource security. Applying collaborative governance approaches to the FEW nexus provides an opportunity to shift towards integrated policy of food, energy, and water governance; doing so first requires an understanding of the limitations of current governance structures and the opportunities for change. We conduct a social network analysis of stakeholders in Phoenix, AZ using secondary data sources to construct the social network of collaboration and to analyze the ability of the governance landscape to facilitate or hinder collaborative governance. The social network measures indicate potential challenges to collaborative governance of FEW nexus stakeholders, such as limited trust between actors. However, leveraging bridging actors provides opportunities to increase collaborative governance between sectors. This research is important for implementing collaborative FEW nexus governance in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Integrated resource management
  • Natural resource management
  • Resource security
  • Stakeholder analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science(all)

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