Waste Food-Energy-Water Urban Living Labs - mapping and reducing waste in the food-energy-water nexus


Belmont Forum and Urban Europe


University of Reading, University of Bath, The Schumacher Institute, Wessex Water, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of California, University of Campinas, GENeco, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol Food Network, Dutch Research institute for Transitions B.V., Rotterdam, CICERO Centre for International Climate Research East Rand Water Care Company, Isidima and BlueCityLab.


Team: Professor Sue Charlesworth, Dr Jana Fried, Dr Marco Van De Wiel, Dr Ulrich Schmutz, Dr Francis Rayns and Julia Stew


June 2018 – May 2021


We aim to map and substantially reduce waste in the urban food-energy-water (FEW) nexus in city-regions across three continents: Europe, Africa and South America. We will establish four Urban Living Labs (ULL) of key stakeholders who will undertake participatory research to: a) map resource flows; b) identify critical dysfunctional linear pathways; c) agree the response most appropriate to the local context (e.g. policy intervention, technology diffusion); d) model the market and non-market economic value of each intervention; and e) engage with decision makers to close each loop.

Bristol Urban Living Lab Kick off Meeting in Avonmouth, the industrial river mouth outside Bristol where Wessex Water/GENeco have their main plant/operations in the SW region.

For more information about this project please contact Professor Sue Charlesworth