Globalization and the water-energy-food nexus - Using the global production networks approach to analyze society-environment relations

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dc.contributor.authorFranz, Martin
dc.contributor.authorSchlitz, Nicolas
dc.contributor.authorSchumacher, Kim Philip
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:05:47Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:05:47Z-
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn14629011
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/7201-
dc.description.abstractThe interrelation of the water-energy-food nexus and processes of globalization has to be understood thoroughly in order to address socio-economic inequalities and environmental change. However, unravelling the complexities of the water-energy-food nexus in the context of globalization poses conceptual and empirical difficulties. Economic globalization, e.g. through transnational trade and foreign direct investment, results in a global conjunction of actors, interests and impacts, strongly affecting patterns of resource extraction and environmental degradation, and local capabilities for its governance. In environmental economic geography, the global value chain and global production networks approaches have proved useful for the analysis of interrelations between governance structures, value, institutional contexts, and modes of resource consumption. In this paper, we discuss the potential of the global production networks approach to analyze society-environment relations in the context of the water-energy-food nexus and processes of globalization. To make our argument, we will use the case of manure and digestate, which results from meat and bioenergy production in the Oldenburger Munsterland, the center of livestock farming in Germany. The region is Germany's best developed agribusiness cluster, which is integrated into a transnational network of animal producers, feedstuff producers and meat processors. And it is also home to many biogas plants and several market leaders in bioenergy technology, strongly related to the livestock husbandry business. The case is an example of the three-way-mutual interactions among food, energy and water. The analysis will combine the perspective of the water-energy-food nexus with the analytical categories of the global production networks approach to provide a nuanced understanding of the socio-environmental implications of the global integration of a regional agri-food production cluster.
dc.description.sponsorshipFachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR), German Federal Ministry of Agriculture; The case study is based on empirical findings and observations from the project ``Bio-energy region Siidoldenburg'' financed by the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture in the period 2012-2015. Kim Philip Schumacher contributed to this paper while working at University of Hannover in 2016/17. A previous version of this paper has been presented at the conference ``Understanding the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and its Implications for Governance'' in June 2016 in Osnabruck and at the conference ``Deutscher Kongress fur Geographie'' in October 2017 in Tubingen. We are thankful for the comments that we have received on both conferences. Furthermore we thank Stephan Pohl (Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, University of Hannover) for drawing the figures and Claudia Pahl-Wostl for managing this special issue.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
dc.relation.ispartofENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectCOORDINATION
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectGlobal production network
dc.subjectGlobalization
dc.subjectGOVERNANCE
dc.subjectGREEN
dc.subjectINDUSTRY
dc.subjectManure
dc.subjectRisk
dc.subjectSUSTAINABILITY
dc.subjectVALUE CHAINS
dc.subjectWater-energy-food nexus
dc.titleGlobalization and the water-energy-food nexus - Using the global production networks approach to analyze society-environment relations
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.envsci.2017.12.004
dc.identifier.isiISI:000450383100022
dc.description.volume90
dc.description.startpage201
dc.description.endpage212
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0003-3158-6641
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-1187-5166
dc.identifier.eissn18736416
dc.publisher.placeTHE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, OXON, ENGLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationEnviron. Sci. Policy
crisitem.author.deptFB 01 - Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb01-
crisitem.author.orcid0000-0002-1187-5166-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidFrMa952-
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