Globalization and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Using the Global Production Networks Approach to Analyze Society-Environment Relations


Environmental Science and Policy
Martin Franz
Nicolas Schlitz
Kim Philip Schumacher
15 December 2017

Economic globalization (e.g. through transnational trade and foreign direct investment) results in a global conjunction of actors, interests and impacts, and it strongly affects patterns of resource extraction and environmental degradation, and local capabilities for its governance, according to the authors of this paper. Using the case of manure and digestate, they 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.