The authors inquiry into the governance dimension of the nexus incorporates three propositions. First, it acknowledges that nexus challenges cannot be separated from the perceptions, interests, and practices of actors associated with a nexus.

Second, their approach builds on a relational understanding of nexus governance as arising from relationships between actors (actor networks) and ideas and interests (issue networks) across multiple domains. Third, their approach emphasizes the need for addressing nexus challenges by working with and through existing governance arrangements.

The think piece is structured in two sections. In the first section they develop the conceptual foundations for a strategic action perspective on nexus governance. In the second section they illustrate the potential of this approach by presenting the results of an empirical study of a water-food-energy-environment nexus in Ethiopia. They conclude with some reflections and possible ways forward for a research agenda on the nexus.

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