Eco Imagining

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Eco Imagining

Ecological Community Engagements: Imagining sustainability and the water-energy-food nexus in urban South African environments

Water, energy and food insecurity and precarity, synthesised as the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus, highlight the need for creative imagining, using a transdisciplinary approach to engage critically with these complex problems. To discover and understand the imaginations and innovations that could steer us to a sustainable future, we propose to work in very local, urban contexts, where WEF challenges reflect the legacies of Apartheid and colonialism. Through community engagement and citizen science labs, we will use a case study of systems thinking in practice to advance socio-political understandings of responses to complex, interconnected but spatially and temporally dispersed problems, and critique discourses of resilience, resourcefulness and sustainability.