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Moving Towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing Nexus Security

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Project "MAGIC" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 7˙457˙761 €
 EC max contribution 7˙457˙761 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5.4. (Enabling the transition towards a green economy and society through eco-innovation)
 Code Call H2020-WATER-2015-two-stage
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2020-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 973˙125.00
3    THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE UK (DUNDEE) participant 892˙600.00
5    UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE NL (ENSCHEDE) participant 689˙026.00
6    CLIMATE ANALYTICS GMBH DE (BERLIN) participant 645˙477.00
8    UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN NO (BERGEN) participant 627˙450.00


 Project objective

MAGIC is a proposal coordinated by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in collaboration with partners which have a proven and track record in their respective fields of competence.

Our objective is to open the path towards a new way of managing the Nexus in which researchers and decision makers work together in the search for development strategies that can contribute to the smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth required by the EU 2020 Strategy, while maintaining a leading and informed participation in international discussions about global issues, like climate change or food security.

In order to do so, MAGIC deploys a set of novel, cutting-edge and system-oriented approaches that originates from system ecology, bio-economics and Science and Technology Studies. Their combination allows MAGIC to highlights if a certain mix of EU policies results in undesirable or unforeseen outcomes. Climate, water, land energy, and food modeling are integrated into a socio- and bio-economics framework using an iterative and participatory method. Significant care is taken to embed these ideas and approaches within the advisory and decision making functions of the European Commission.

Impacts are twofold.

First, MAGIC contributes a methodological framework where the needs for advice of different DG in the design of development strategies for the EU are covered using a method that can embrace the complexity of the nexus, for a better understanding of the interactions it holds.

Second, the project provides ‘on the flight’ advice to the EC about the timeliness and soundness for the EU 2020 Strategy and the EU position in international agreements of EU policies -like the Water Framework Directive, the Common Agricultural Policy, or the Low-Carbon Economy Strategy- and targets of implementing technologies -such as fracking, desalination, biofuels and GMOs.


List of deliverables.
Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course – Teaching material Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:57
Dissemination Plan Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58
Report on: (i) global drivers; (ii) planetary boundaries; and (iii) the effect of externalization Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:57
First report on fact sheets and policy briefs Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58
Report on Narratives behind Water Directive Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58
Synergy Exploitation Plan Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:57
Report on Narratives behind Energy Directives Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58
Report on Nexus Security using Quantitative Story-Telling Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:57
Minutes of Second Progress Meeting Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2020-03-17 15:06:56
Online journal The Nexus Times Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-17 15:06:56
Project Leaflet Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:56
Interactive Project Website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-03-17 15:06:56
Minutes of First Progress Meeting Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:56
Data Management Plan - First Update Open Research Data Pilot 2020-03-17 15:06:57
Report on Narratives behind CAP Documents, reports 2020-03-17 15:06:58

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of MAGIC deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Mario Giampietro
Perception and Representation of the Resource Nexus at the Interface between Society and the Natural Environment
published pages: 2545, ISSN: 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su10072545
Sustainability 10/7 2020-03-17
2020 A. Kok, E.M. de Olde, I.J.M. de Boer, R. Ripoll-Bosch
European biodiversity assessments in livestock science: A review of research characteristics and indicators
published pages: 105902, ISSN: 1470-160X, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105902
Ecological Indicators 112 2020-03-17
2020 Adrián Monterrey-Viña, Ana Musicki-Savic, Francisco J. Díaz-Peña, Baltasar Peñate-Suárez
Technical and Agronomical Assessment of the Use of Desalinated Seawater for Coastal Irrigation in an Insular Context
published pages: 272, ISSN: 2073-4441, DOI: 10.3390/w12010272
Water 12/1 2020-03-17
2020 Ansel Renner, Mario Giampietro
Socio-technical discourses of European electricity decarbonization: Contesting narrative credibility and legitimacy with quantitative story-telling
published pages: 101279, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.101279
Energy Research & Social Science 59 2020-03-17
2019 Tessa Dunlop
Mind the gap: A social sciences review of energy efficiency
published pages: 101216, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.05.026
Energy Research & Social Science 56 2020-03-17
2019 Carmela Iorio, Massimo Aria, Antonio D’Ambrosio, Roberta Siciliano
Informative trees by visual pruning
published pages: 228-240, ISSN: 0957-4174, DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2019.03.018
Expert Systems with Applications 127 2020-03-17
2019 B. Holmatov, A.Y. Hoekstra, M.S. Krol
Land, water and carbon footprints of circular bioenergy production systems
published pages: 224-235, ISSN: 1364-0321, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2019.04.085
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 111 2020-03-17
2019 Mario Giampietro
On the Circular Bioeconomy and Decoupling: Implications for Sustainable Growth
published pages: 143-156, ISSN: 0921-8009, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.05.001
Ecological Economics 162 2020-03-17
2019 Zora Kovacic, Louisa Jane Di Felice
Complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity: Implications for European Union energy governance
published pages: 159-169, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2019.03.005
Energy Research & Social Science 53 2020-03-17
2018 Rony Parra, Louisa Jane Di Felice, Mario Giampietro, Jesus Ramos-Martin
The metabolism of oil extraction: A bottom-up approach applied to the case of Ecuador
published pages: 63-74, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.07.017
Energy Policy 122 2020-03-17
2018 Louisa Di Felice, Maddalena Ripa, Mario Giampietro
Deep Decarbonisation from a Biophysical Perspective: GHG Emissions of a Renewable Electricity Transformation in the EU
published pages: 3685, ISSN: 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su10103685
Sustainability 10/10 2020-03-17
2018 Pandolfo, Giuseppe; D\'Ambrosio, Antonio; Porzio, Giovanni C.
A note on depth-based classification of circular data
published pages: 447-462, ISSN: 2070-5948, DOI: 10.1285/i20705948v11n2p447
Electronic Journal of Applied Statistical Analysis 11 (02) 2020-03-17
2019 Antonio D’Ambrosio, Carmela Iorio, Michele Staiano, Roberta Siciliano
Median constrained bucket order rank aggregation
published pages: , ISSN: 0943-4062, DOI: 10.1007/s00180-018-0858-z
Computational Statistics 2020-03-17
2018 Richard Aspinall, Michele Staiano
Ecosystem services as the products of land system dynamics: lessons from a longitudinal study of coupled human–environment systems
published pages: , ISSN: 0921-2973, DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0752-7
Landscape Ecology 2020-03-17
2019 Louisa Jane Di Felice, Maddalena Ripa, Mario Giampietro
An alternative to market-oriented energy models: Nexus patterns across hierarchical levels
published pages: 431-443, ISSN: 0301-4215, DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.002
Energy Policy 126 2020-03-17
2017 Pedro L. Lomas, Mario Giampietro
Environmental accounting for ecosystem conservation: Linking societal and ecosystem metabolisms
published pages: 10-19, ISSN: 0304-3800, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.12.009
Ecological Modelling 346 2020-03-17
2019 Roger Strand
Striving for Reflexive Science
published pages: 56-61, ISSN: 1726-6629, DOI: 10.22163/fteval.2019.368
\"fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation Issue 48/July 2019 - Proceedings of the Conference \"\"Impact of Social Sciences and Humanities for a European Research Agenda Valuation of SSH in mission-oriented research\"\"\" vol. 48 /July 2019 2020-03-17
2017 Rafael González-López, Mario Giampietro
Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Charcoal Production in Complex Social-Ecological Systems
published pages: Article 54, ISSN: 2296-665X, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00054
Frontiers in Environmental Science 5 2020-03-17
2019 Schyns, Joep F.; Vanham, Davy
The water footprint of wood for energy consumed in the European Union
published pages: , ISSN: 2073-4441, DOI: 10.3390/w11020206
Water 11 (2), 206 2020-03-17
2019 Tarik Serrano-Tovar, Baltasar Peñate Suárez, Ana Musicki, Juan A. de la Fuente Bencomo, Violeta Cabello, Mario Giampietro
Structuring an integrated water-energy-food nexus assessment of a local wind energy desalination system for irrigation
published pages: 945-957, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.422
Science of The Total Environment 689 2020-03-17
2019 Violeta Cabello, Ansel Renner, Mario Giampietro
Relational analysis of the resource nexus in arid land crop production
published pages: 258-269, ISSN: 0309-1708, DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2019.06.014
Advances in Water Resources 130 2020-03-17

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