Project Phases

The MAGIC project is broken into seven distinct work packages (WP). Figure 1 flowchart provides an overview of the interaction between these work packages. Figure 2 and Figure 3 describe QST (Quantitative Storytelling), and give an idea of how QST traverses the seven work packages.


Project Phase 1 Project Phase 2 Project Phase 3


Work Package 1 (Management)

WP1 covers the set of activities for scientific and administrative coordination as well as the communication among the various work packages.

Work Package 2 (Nexus Dialogue Space)

WP2 establishes and manages a Nexus Dialogue Space. This space will be used during the entire duration of the project to involve social actors in the generation and use of quantitative information to be used for governance.

Work Package 3 (Nexus Information Space)

WP3 designs and implements the Nexus Information Space (NIS). The goal is to use the experience matured in MAGIC to develop a tool-kit integrating different quantitative methodologies supported by the required databases. This tool-kit will be used and tested in WP4, WP5 and WP6 to generate the information input required by the Quantitative Story-Telling chosen by the different teams.

Work Package 4 (Nexus Structuring Space)

WP4 defines and develops a Quantitative Story-Telling (QST) about nexus security. This WP will first define the general framework for the analysis of the nexus and the ten topical teams working together will discuss how to define feasibility, viability and desirability in relation to a first state-of-the-play analysis (The deriving common understanding of the implications of the nexus and the possibility use of QST to check the quality of narratives will be used by the different topical teams (policy teams and innovation teams) in WP5 and in WP6.

Work Package 5 (Quality Check of Policy Narratives)

WP5 tests the robustness of narratives about sustainability as reflected by EU directives in relation to different management strategies. This WP studies the degree and nature of change that would be required for the policy narratives to be coherent with EU sustainability goals at the pan-European level. This result will be achieved by integrating analysis of five themes carried out by five different mixed teams: (i) directive on water (WFD); (ii) directive on food (CAP); (iii) directive on energy; (iv) directive on biodiversity protection; (v) the new strategy on circular economy.

Work Package 6 (Quality Check of Innovation Narratives)

WP6 provides a quality check on the process of assessment of technological innovations or specific policy solutions in relation to the issue of the nexus. Also in this case five innovation teams will deal with five innovations very relevant for the nexus – biofuels, GMOs, fracking, tradable permits, and desalination – following the approach of Quantitative-Story Telling. (See Figure 2).

Work Package 7 (Nexus Knowledge Hub)

WP7 develops and manages a Nexus Knowledge Hub that will be used for Dissemination. It is formed by the activities of outreach, maintenance of the online tool, publications, training series and management of the open access outputs. (See Figure 3)