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Local Nexus Network
  • Funding: EPSRC and ESRC
  • 2015-2017
  • ECI Lead: Dr John Ingram | Coordinator: Clare Downing

The Local Nexus Network: Building sustainable local nexuses of food, energy and water: from smart engineering to shared prosperity.

The ‘Local nexus’ refers to decentralised food, energy and water systems which interact with each other within the context of local livelihood and environment. Starting in early 2015, the Local Nexus Network aims to: 1) establish the state of the art of local productions of food, energy and water; 2) generate initial insights to guide researchers, businesses, policy makers and communities who are enthusiastic about exploring the potential of local nexuses, and 3) develop an evidence-based agenda for future research. The ECI Food Group leads on the food component and the Oxford Case Study.

Energy and Farming
  • Funding: EPSRC
  • 2015-2018
  • Co-Is: Dr Ariella Helfgott, Dr John Ingram

"Water Energy Food" Nexus WEFWEB: Mapping the WEF nexus at multiple scales and across sectors.

This project addresses the challenges of understanding and hence identifying the dynamic, interlinked inter-dependencies across the nexus networks which are physical (water, waste, energy and food), social and political (individual, regulatory and policy), ecological and digital at multiple, nested scales (local, regional and national) and temporally. The ECI Food Group leads on the food aspect.

  • Funding: Horizon 2020
  • 2014-2015
  • Co-Is: Dr Monika Zurek, Dr John Ingram, Dr Joost Vervoort

Metrics, Models and Foresight for European SUStainable Food And Nutrition Security (SUSFANS)

SUSFANS will build the conceptual framework, the evidence base and analytical tools for underpinning EU-wide food policies with respect to their impact on consumer diet and their implications for nutrition and public health, the environment, the competitiveness of the EU agri-food sectors, and global food and nutrition security. The ECI Food Group lead on FNS conceptualisation and metrics; and stakeholder engagement.


Sustainable Nutrition Security Collaboration

Collaborating with the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) in fostering new public/private partnerships on novel food system modeling metrics. This is aimed at better informing adaptation to the increasing impacts of climate change and resource scarcity on sustainable nutrition security.

  • Funding: European Commission FP7
  • 2014-2018
  • ECI involvement: Dr Joost Vervoort, Dr Ariella Helfgott, Dr Steven Lord


TRANSMANGO aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the effects of the global drivers of change on European and global food demand and on raw material production.

Completed Projects

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Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS)

We led the Scenarios Component of a ten-year research initiative launched in 2011 by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and 'Future Earth'.

Food distribution
  • Funding: The American Institute of Mathematics
  • 2015
  • ECI Lead: Dr John Ingram

Multiscale Modelling of the Food System: Initial Workshop

Developing a hierarchy of models for food systems at multiple spatial and temporal levels. This will be based on building conceptual models of the food system as a whole, providing the structural overview and framework for building mathematically-based models with gradually increasing levels of details. Launched at workshop in April 2015

African farmer

Food System Governance, Food Security and Land Use in Southern Africa (SAFGOV)

The formation of an international community of researchers to develop a new research agenda on the effectiveness and adaptiveness of food system governance and security in southern Africa.


Global Environmental Change and Food Systems Programme

Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) was an international, interdisciplinary research project which focussed on understanding the links between food security and global environmental change.