Integrating Energy, Water and Livelihoods

Under a grant from the SEI NOVA research funds, SEI has been finalizing work on an interdisciplinary research project begun in 2005 that integrates three of SEI’s current research areas (energy/climate, water/sanitation and risk/vulnerability).

The project addresses the lack of joint consideration of energy and water in current approaches to sustainable development. The project is developing a conceptual framework to examine the tradeoffs and linkages between water and energy planning and the impacts of those tradeoffs on people’s livelihoods.

This framework will be developed and tested by linking SEI’s ongoing research work (e.g. in the Mekong region). The work is a practical first step in expanding our current integrated sectoral analyses into a broader framework for meeting sustainable development goals.

Client: SEI (NOVA)