Water-Energy-Food Nexus Forum


Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Practice Forum, is a one-day event focusing around three key themes.


Date: 25 November – Forum
Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm 
Venue: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne


Date:  26 November – Forum

Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm 
Venue: The Ship Inn, Brisbane


Date:  27 November – Forum

Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm

From 6pm:  NSW ‘Legends of Water 2014’ Dinner
Venue: The Grace Hotel, Sydney 


The demand on water resources across the energy, agricultural and urban water sectors is ever increasing, and is a constant challenge in managing sustainable water supply.  


Instead of working independently, a more coherent approach is needed to develop workable solutions to the myriad challenges faced by these industries. Businesses together with government, NGOs, academia and civil society can and should play a role in this new understanding. 


The Forum will focus on three key themes of the water-energy-food nexus:


  • Responsible governance of natural resources
  • Collaborative policy and practice
  • Economic growth and the way forward


Bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and engaging leaders from the water, agricultural and energy sectors, the Forum presents a unique opportunity to share inter-related expertise. This multi-sectoral event enables attendees to build relationships outside their traditional industry and workshop new ways of balancing the nexus.



Dr Jamie Pittock, ANU Water Initiative/UNESCO  

Dr Pittock is a Senior Lecturer in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University and Director of International Programs for the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance. He is also the Program Leader of the Australia and United States Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project for the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. 

His research focuses on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Dr Pittock’s recent research includes assessments of the impacts of renewable energy and carbon sequestration policies on water resources and ecosystems globally, and also the water use implications of emission reduction measures proposed in Australia. His work also considers the energy costs of water sector adaptation to climate change.

Dr Pittock directs two large research programs, on irrigation and water management in Africa, and on hydropower, food and water in the Mekong region. Jamie is also Chair of the board of Water Stewardship Australia.