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Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems: the Nexus between Water, Energy and Food, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

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About this Course

In this course you will become familiar with the ideas of the water-energy-food nexus and transdisciplinary thinking. You will learn to see your community or country as a complex social-ecological system and to describe its water, energy and food metabolism in the form of a pattern, as well as to map the categories of social actors. We will provide you with the tools to measure the nexus elements and to analyze them in a coherent way across scales and dimensions of analysis. In this way, your quantitative analysis will become useful for informed decision-making. You will be able to detect and quantify dependence on non-renewable resources and externalization of environmental problems to other societies and ecosystems (a popular ‘solution’ in the western world). Practical case studies, from both developed and developing countries, will help you evaluate the state-of-play of a given community or country and to evaluate possible solutions. Last but not least, you will learn to see pressing social-ecological issues, such as energy poverty, water scarcity and inequity, from a radically different perspective, and to question everything you’ve been told so far. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Part of the results and case studies presented have been developed within two projects: MAGIC and PARTICIPIA. However, the course does not reflect the views of the funding institutions or of the project partners as a whole, and the case studies were presented purely with an educational and illustrative purpose....

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By AL

Mar 31, 2018

Everybody should learn this !\n\nIt will change my way of looking at sustainability as promised by Prof. Giampietro.\n\nTHX

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7 Reviews

By Alexander Folz

Nov 22, 2018

Outstanding course !! One of the most useful courses I have been pursuing :)

By Carlos Francisco Terneus Páez

Jul 23, 2018

Muy buen curso, con bastantes ejemplos

By Igor Chernov

Apr 09, 2018

Excellent course!!!!

By Anthony Lehmann

Mar 31, 2018

Everybody should learn this !

It will change my way of looking at sustainability as promised by Prof. Giampietro.

THX

By Martin Calisto

Feb 12, 2018

One of the best MOOCs I have taken! A real gem!

By Jose Carlos Silva-Macher

Oct 23, 2017

Excelent course !

By Gustavo Adolfo Delgado Alvarez

Oct 20, 2017

For me as a Mechanical Engineer has been great, I have worked for manufacturing companies and also I am the owner of a company; for me have this tool to evaluate any kind project is a priceless treasure, this brings to you a lot of tools, and another point of view of how must be seen the sustainability and how must be applied on the project evaluation.