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Earth System Governance in South Korea – The Road to Carbon Neutrality and Sustainable Development

In this iteration of the ESG Speaker Series, hosted virtually and on location in the Marinus…

Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Lessons Learned from an Assessment of the Political Impact of the SDGs

  As an Associated Event to the Stockholm +50 Conference, the Global Goals Project and the…

ESG Speaker Series: Geopolitical Turmoil and Earth System Governance

While planetary system crises are intensifying, the war in Ukraine has shifted attention to a longer…

Book launch: Certifying China

Book launch event for 'Certifying China: The Rise and Limits of Transnational Sustainability Governance in Emerging…

Sustainability Frontiers Conference

View the Conference Website Here. Amid growing focus on sustainability and Agenda 2030, and on the…

ESG Speaker Series: Climate change adaptation and mitigation policy: from Glasgow to the Asia-Pacific

  Register Here 10 December 2021 09:00-10:30 (Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin) 15:00-16:30 (Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City)…

Endorsed Conference: Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

20-22 June 2022, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria The Forum on Scenarios…

The Stockholm+49 Summit

On October 20 and 21, 2021, world-renowned scientists, economists, lawyers, and diplomats will debate solutions to the environmental crisis…

ESG Endorsed Event: Hiroshima International Conference on Peace and Sustainability

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University will hold…

Planetary governance for a sustainable recovery: Next generation multilateralism

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, IDDRI organizes a major international conference on October, 12-14 2021 #IDDRI20YEARS  …

SDG Impact Assessment: Interlinkages, Integration and Coherence

Register to attend the webinar here After the first three sessions of the GlobalGoals webinar series…

PhD course: Global Environmental Governance

PhD course: Global Environmental Governance. The course is offered by the Department of Political Science at…

Virtual Book Launch: Research Handbook on Law, Governance and Planetary Boundaries

On Friday 18 June 2021, Prof Louis Kotze will host a Virtual Book Launch with Prof…

Alternative actions? Climate Activism and Earth System Governance

Register here Global sustainability and earth system governance have more often than not centered on the…

ESG Speaker Series – Achieving the SDGs in times of Covid-19

We warmly invite you to join the ESG Project for the April edition of the ESG…

Earth System Law Task Force Seminar

Discussion  Future activities of the Task Force: Earth System Governance Journal Special Issue on ESL, Task…

ESG Speaker Series: It’s about time. Temporality, Tensions, and Earth System Governance of the Future

“Climate action now!”  Time is a crucial part of environmental politics: it shapes slogans of environmental…

Hydrocarbon exporters and the EU’s decarbonization plans: what coping strategies? By Govtran Project

With the EU implementing increasingly stringent decarbonisation targets, neighbouring countries exporting hydrocarbons to the EU will…

ESG Speaker Series: Earth System Law as a legal paradigm for the Anthropocene.

How can we address the deepening socio-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene from a legal perspective? The…

ESG Speaker Series – Earth System Law

How can we address the socio-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene from a legal perspective? For the…

2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance

The theme of an annual Conference on Earth System Governance had seldom seemed more apt –…

GOVTRAN Roundtable debate: International Climate Policy at Paris+5

Roundtable debate: International Climate Policy at Paris+5 27 November 10.00-12.00 CET As we near the end…

2020 Virtual Forum

Between precarity and possibility: Implications of disruption for Earth System Governance Virtual Event, 15-17 September, 2020…

Developing Earth System Law to address the socio-ecological crisis of the Anthropocene

The event has been postponed due to public health concerns relating to the corona virus outbreak. …

International Workshop The Sustainability Governance of Inter-Regional Linkages: Lessons from the Brazil-Europe Soy Complex

International Workshop The Sustainability Governance of Inter-Regional Linkages: Lessons from the Brazil-Europe Soy Complex 12 March…

2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance

Earth System Governance in turbulent times: prospects for political and behavioral responses The 2021 Bratislava Conference…

ESG Speakers Series at Utrecht University – Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Linking International Climate Policies

Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Linking International Climate Policies 10 December 2019 16:00 – 17:30 Bistro area…

ESG Speaker Series at Utrecht University – Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Linking International Climate Policies

Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Linking International Climate Policies December 10th, 2019, 16:00 - 17:30 Bistro area…

2020 International Research Symposium GLOBALGOALS2020

Scholars are invited to join the ESG endorsed event GLOBALGOALS2020, a virtual symposium, held 9-11 June…

ESG Series at Utrecht University – Science of the Earth System in Times of Scepticism and Polarization

Science of the Earth System in Times of Scepticism and Polarization October 10th, 2019, 16:00 -…

PhD course on Global Environmental Governance 2019: Global Environmental Governance Today – Actors, Institutions, Complexity

The course provides in-depth insights to the actors, processes and problems of global environmental politics and…

ESG Speaker Series at Utrecht University – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Anthropocene

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Anthropocene – Navigating the Science-Policy Interface September 19th, 2019, 16:00…

Summer School of Sustainability Science: The Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems Exploring the Land-Ocean Continuum

THE GOVERNANCE OF SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS EXPLORING THE LAND-OCEAN CONTINUUM: COASTAL ZONES, RIVER DELTAS, ISLANDS AND WETLANDS…

Global Climate Action Beyond 2020

Workshop organised by our Research Center Bonn - the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für…

Human Rights in the Anthropocene – Towards a ‘Research-Advocacy’ Network

Human Rights in the Anthropocene - Towards a ‘Research-Advocacy’ Network Roundtable organized by Raoul Wallenberg Institute for…

Webinar Series on Science Diplomacy

Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies, which seeks to go beyond…

Governing Minerals for Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is the best means of bringing global emissions within the required 1.5 degrees limit.…

Earthly Entanglements: Politics in the Anthropocene

Humans are transforming the Earth at an increasingly rapid rate, so much so that many scientists…

Summer Workshop “Contemplative Environmental Practice”

This summer, deepen your commitment to environmental education and action.  Contemplative Environmental Practice is a week-long workshop for…

2019 Mexico Conference on Earth System Governance

Urgent Transformations and Earth System Governance: Towards Sustainability and Justice Oaxaca, Mexico, 6 – 8 November 2019…

ESG Research Trip 2018: Visit to Geneva

When: Monday 28 May to Wednesday 30 May 2018 For whom: research fellows of the Earth…

ESG Research Trip 2018: Visit to The Netherlands

When: Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June 2018 For whom: Research Fellows of the Earth…

2018 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Earth System Governance research alliance will once again be strongly represented at the Annual Convention…

Ruling Out Socially, Environmentally, and Economically-Destructive Extractives?

Upcoming Panel by the Earth System Governance Taskforce on Accountability in Global Environmental Governance at the…

Planetary Justice Workshop

Utrecht University will host an inaugural meeting of the Earth System Governance Project’s new Taskforce on…

Utrecht Winter School on Earth System Governance 2018

The earth system governance research community is at a crossroads. The existing Science and Implementation Plan…

2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance

Governing Global Sustainability in a Complex World Key Research Insights & New Research Directions Utrecht University,…

Launch-Event: Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world’s vulnerable regions

We are excited to announce the start of the Re-imagining anticipatory climate governance in the world’s vulnerable…

2018 Summer Institute on Critical Studies of Environmental Governance

Call for Applications: 2018 Summer Institute on Critical Studies of Environmental Governance Metrics of sustainability: Critical…

Improving the Science-Policy-Society Interface at UNEA and HLPF

The Earth System Governance Project and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future are very pleased to…

BECC-ESG Workshop on Communicating Research Across Academic Boundaries

Workshop description Under the overarching theme of communicating research across academic boundaries, this workshop engages in challenges both within…

Climate Action and Human Wellbeing at a Crossroads: Historical Transformation or Backlash?

The conference will be held on 4-5 November 2017 in Bonn, back to back with COP23. We…

Theories and Methods of Institutional Complexity in Global Governance: Taking stock and moving forward

International Expert Workshop, 30th November–1st December 2017 Venue: Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation…

Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice

The Earth System Governance Project is pleased to endorse a multidisciplinary Conference, Imagining a Different Future:…

Climate Engineering Conference 2017

Climate engineering is becoming increasingly relevant within political, scientific, and cultural discussions of climate change. Building…

Developing a career in Earth System Governance: opening up science

As was the case at previous Earth System Governance conferences, early career researchers will have the opportunity…

Interconnections Zone During COP23

Organiser German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) The Interconnections Zone during the 23rd…

PhD course: Global Environmental Governance Today – Actors, Institutions, Complexity

PhD course: Global Environmental Governance Today – Actors, Institutions, Complexity Venue: Lund University, Department of Political…

Masterclass with Professor Oran R. Young – Governing Complexity for Sustainability in the Anthropocene

Masterclass with Professor Oran R. Young Governing Complexity for Sustainability in the Anthropocene We have entered…

A New Agenda on Environmental Security

Workshop organised by Dr Naho Mirumachi (King’s College London) with Dr François Gemenne (University of Liege,…

Contemplative Environmental Practice. Retreat for Educators and Activists

This summer, deepen your commitment to environmental education and action.  Contemplative Environmental Practice is a week-long…

ESG Research Fellow Trip Europe

ESG Research Trip Europe - report for download here.   ESG Research Fellow Trip Europe -…

2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: “Allocation & Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World”

Visit the conference website for more and frequently updated information. Abstract submission deadline: 20 March 2017…

3rd International Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption

Call for Contributions Sustainable lifestyles, livelihoods and the circular economy 27-29 June 2017, Brighton, UK Hosted…

The emerging complexity of climate adaptation governance in a globalising world

Join SEI and partners including the Earth System Governance Project at an international scientific workshop that…

Transformative Sustainability Governance

Transformative Sustainability Governance – an Earth System Governance Project workshop hosted by the University of Waterloo…

Underground Cities Living below the Surface: Supporting Urban Transition to Sustainability

For more information see the event website: sustainability-studies.org Organized by the International Research Center on Sustainability (IRCS)…

Early Career Researchers event prior to the 2016 Nairobi Conference: Developing a career in earth system governance – confronting challenges and charting new directions

Venue: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 Time: 09:00 – 17:00 Costs: free…

On Time – Dimensions of marine and coastal global environmental change

Jointly organized by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), The Integrated History and…

Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals Conference

In September 2015 the United Nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the…

New Directions in Climate Policy and Governance: Polycentricity in Action?

Building on dynamic concept of polycentric governance, the aim of this meeting is to reflect the…

Research workshop – Ecological democracy: Always greener on the other side?

Research Workshop organized by the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, Stockholm University, the…

3rd Summer School of Sustainability: The Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

The University of Reims is hosting a Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES),…

2016 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Earth System Governance research alliance will once again be strongly represented at the Annual Convention…

2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: “Confronting Complexity and Inequality”

See the conference website earthsystemgovernance.org/nairobi2016 for frequently updated information. We invite you to the 2016 Conference…

2016 School of Social Sciences International Conference: The Social Sciences, Good Governance and Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by the School of Social Sciences at the University of Ghana and endorsed by the…

2013: Winter School – Sustainability Issues Summarised, Categorised and Connected: Transferring research results to learning outcomes

LocationSt. Petersburg State University (St. Petersburg, Russia)OrganisersOrganised by the OSI ReSET Project - Governance of Global…

2012: Autumn School – Rural areas: management and governance

LocationOdessa State Environmental University (Odessa, Ukraine) OrganisedOrganisersOSI ReSET Project - Governance of Global Environmental Change, Odessa…

2012: Summer School – Global Change and Local Challenges of Environmental Governance

LocationCarpathian Field Station of the Lviv National University (Vorokhta, Ukraine), Olympic Campus “Zaroslyak” (Carpathian National Park,…

2011 Autumn Workshop in Minsk – Actual Environmental Problems

LocationCampus of the Belarusian Olympic team (Stayki near Minsk, Belarus)OrganisersOSI ReSET Project - Governance of Global…

Joint Lund University and Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: ”The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform”

Lund University and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) invite applications for their international workshop on “The…

5th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies

The Conference is organized by the International Research Center on Sustainability (IRCS) that develops research in…

Accountability on Global Environmental Governance Workshop

A report of this workshop is available here.In partnership with the School of Social and Political…

2016 Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change: Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris’

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre…

The Anthropocene. Anything new under the sun?

Concepts such as the Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, and the Great Acceleration are gaining traction in policy…

Disclosing Sustainability: The Transformative Power of Transparency?

International ConferenceWageningen University, the Netherlandswww.transparencyenp2016.comConference ThemeTransparency is one of the most widely touted concepts of our…

2015 Annual Meeting: The UN at 70 – Guaranteeing Security and Justice

The Earth System Governance global research alliance will be well represented at the 2015 Annual Meeting…

Earth System Governance Summer School at the University of Canberra

We invite PhD students and Early Career Researchers to participate in a Summer School to precede…

Workshop on the Institutional Architecture for the Science-policy Interface on the Sustainable Development Goals

As a post-2015 development agenda will be launched at a UN Summit in September 2015, the…

ECPR General Conference – Section on ‘Environmental Politics’

The 9th ECPR General Conference will include a conference section titled "Environmental Politics" under which there…

Coherence and Incoherence in Global Sustainable Development Governance

Lecture by Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto, and Earth System Governance Lead Faculty, organized by the Amsterdam…

2015 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Earth System Governance research alliance will once again be strongly represented this year at the…

Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance

The 2014 Amsterdam Conference “Beyond 2015: Exploring the Future of Global Climate Governance” will be held…

Climate Engineering Conference 2014

Climate engineering is rapidly becoming a contentious issue within political, scientific, and cultural discussions of climate…

2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance: ’Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’

The 2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance will be held on 14-16 December at the…

The 4th Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies – Urban Transitions to Sustainability

The topicNearly 70% of the world population lives in urban areas and nearly 75% of economic…

Workshop on Disaster Risk Governance and Earth System Governance: How Do They Relate?

Organised by the Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research, and connected with the Norwich Conference…

2014 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Earth System Governance research alliance will be strongly represented at the 2014 Annual Convention of the…

2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance – Early Career Researchers Workshop

This workshop is organized by a team of Early Career Researchers, who are part of the…

From global to local: Sustainable Water Resource Governance for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile through the Centre for Urban Sustainable Development and the Centre…

Jakarta Global Sustainable Development Conference: Addressing development nexus issues in urbanization era

The Jakarta Global Sustainable Development Conference will be a cross-boundaries platform for the various stakeholder to…

Communities of practice for supporting long-term sustainability of the world’s oceans

The IMBER Open Science Conference (OSC) 2014 “Future Oceans – Research for marine sustainability: multiple stressors,…

International Workshop on Governance ‘of’ and ‘for’ Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the Earth System Governance Project, and the POST2015 project (hosted…

ECPR General Conference – Section on “Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene”

The 8th ECPR General Conference will include a conference section endorsed by the Earth System Governance…

Open Lectures: Teaching & Researching Environmental Governance

Saint Petersburg State University, Petrovsky Auditorium, the Twelve Collegia, Universitetskaya Embankment, 7-9Open lectures organized jointly by the…

Accountability in Global Environmental Governance

Workshop ReportA detailed report from the workshop is available here.----------------Call for Participants:The Accountability in Global Environmental…

Seminar on Climate Geoengineering and the Question of Justice

Due to the feckless response of the global community in the context of climate policymaking, climate…

Climate change – good governance Africa workshop

Workshop hosted by the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, and co-organized…

Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy For Self and Planet

The challenge of Earth System Governance is not simply political, economic, or technological, but also involves…

2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance: Allocation and Access in the Anthropocene

The 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance will be held on 1-3 July 2014 at…

Navigating Sustainable Development in the 21st Century: Governance “of” and “for” the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This workshop is the first in a series of events in the S-11 research project, entitled…

Environmental governance for the Anthropocene: Opportunities and challenges for advancing knowledge and practice

The Earth System Governance Project is convening a panel discussion called Environmental governance for the Anthropocene:…

Uncertainties in the context of Earth system governance, its goals, effects and costs. Session at the Interdisciplinary Conference of Young Earth System Scientists

Session Summary and Conference ReportThe conference session Uncertainties in the context of Earth System governance at…

Summer School on Scale in Earth System Governance: Local Case Studies and Global Sustainability

Location Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk and National Park "Stolby" (Krasnoyarsk, Russia), and parts of Eastern…

2013 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

The Earth System Governance research alliance will be strongly represented at the 2013 Annual Convention of…

From Paper to Practice in Ocean Governance: Mobilizing Constituencies

Organized by the Future Ocean Alliance & Earth System Governance Project and the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD)Threats…

Adaptation Governance: Spatial, Temporal, and Cultural Constraints and Opportunities

Co-organised with VU University Amsterdam, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and co-operating with EC Tempus project "EnGo – Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula" and…

Workshop on Governance in Shared Socio-economic Pathways (SSPs)

United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, January 28, 2013 organized by the Ad Hoc Joint IAV-IAM Committee…

Workshop: Exploring Research Opportunities within the Earth System Governance Project

The Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS) in collaboration with the Earth System Governance…

Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance – Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System

On Thursday 23 May 2013, from 13:30-15:00, The Earth System Governance Project convened a special session entitled…

Autumn School and Workshop “Rural Areas: Management and Governance”

The focus of the Autumn School will be on rural sustainability, with a particular attention be…

Workshop on Governing Critical Uncertainties: Climate Change and Decision-Making in Transboundary River Basins

Organized by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University…

The Securitization of Water Discourse. An International Workshop and a Public Event

Context and AimPresently natural resources discourse is flooded with security jargon and rhetoric. This is especially…

SENSE Research School – The Challenge of Earth System Governance: Agency, Accountability and Adaptiveness

This year’s course focuses on Earth System Governance. In the face of large-scale changes in the…

2012: Spring School – Nuclear Governance in a Changing world. Spring School and Chernobyl Visit

Location: Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Kiev, Ukraine), Chernobyl (Pripyat, Ukraine) Organisers: OSI ReSET Project – Governance of…

Panel on A Global Parliament: A means to strengthen accountability, legitimacy and democracy?

Public side-event at the Lund Conference on Earth System Governance "Towards a Just and Legitimate Earth…

CEU Summer School – Adaptive Thinking for Navigating the Anthropocene

Co-organised with VU University Amsterdam, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and The Integrated Assessment Society, in co-operation with the…

2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development

We cordially invite you to the “2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development”, which will…

Rio+20: Towards Transforming the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability?

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Institute for…

Thor Heyerdahl Summer School on Global Environmental Governance

Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences will organize the second course of the Thor…

COST Workshop: Global Environmental Risk Governance under Conditions of Scientific Uncertainty: Legal, Political and Social Transformations

The European COST Action IS0802 “Transformation of Global Environmental Governance” is organizing a workshop on Global…

Governance of Global Environmental Change: Towards a Multidisciplinary Discussion in Tertiary Environmental Education

Organised by the "Governance of Global Environmental Change: Towards a Multidisciplinary Discussion in Tertiary Environmental Education"…

Conference on Beyond Carbon: Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+ Across Levels of Governance

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) has rapidly become a key pillar of international…

Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents

Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple AgentsUnited Nations University Head Quarters, Tokyo, 28-31 January…

International Scientific Conference “Actual Environmental Problems”

The International Scientific Conference "Actual Environmental Problems" has been held at the International Sakharov Environmental University…

Challenges, Strategies and Governance for Sustainable Development

Discussion event organised by the Nationaal Platform Rio+20 (NPRio+20) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)…

Planet under Pressure 2012

The Earth System Governance Project will join the international science community at the Planet under Pressure…

Leuphana Sustainability Summit

In 2012 the international community will celebrate 20 years of Agenda 21, the guiding vision agreed…

Workshop on Climate Change Governance in the Asia-Pacific Region: Agency and Adaptiveness

Organized by the Climate and Environmental Governance Network and the Earth System Governance Project. Sponsored by the…

Hakone Vision Factory on Earth System Governance: Bridging the Science Policy Boundary

Organised by the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Earth System Governance Project, in…

2011 Summer School in Pskov – Principles and application of environmental governance and governance of global change

LocationPskov State Pedagogical University (Pskov, Russia) OrganisedOrganisersOSI ReSET Project - Governance of Global Environmental Change, and…

The Role of New Approaches in Studying Sustainable Governance: Experimental Research and Modeling Governance Processes

The Center for Transdisciplinary Study of Institutions, Evolution and Policies (CETIP) at the Institute for Forecasting…

Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Governance after the Nagoya Protocol: Architecture and Actors

A report of the workshop is available → here.Workshop in brief:The Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI, Lysaker,…

Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: Towards Just and Legitimate Earth System Governance – Addressing Inequalities

Lund University, 18-20 April 2012www.earthsystemgovernance.org/lund2012We invite you to the Lund Conference on Earth System Governance to…

Inauguration of the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance Project at Lund University

April 14 will mark the inauguration of the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance…

Summer School: Adaptation and Adaptive Governance of Ecosystems

The school will consist of a blend of theoretical and practical sessions focused on key aspects…

2011 SENSE PhD Training School on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Earth System Governance

The SENSE PhD Summer School will help students to better understand the causes of global change…

COST Event: Governing the Global Climate Polity: Rationality, Practice and Power

Workshop in brief:The Lund Workshop will provide an opportunity to compare and contrast the rationalities, techniques,…

Agency and the Role of Non-State Actors in Earth System Governance

This panel is part of the 2011 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association with the…

International Workshop on the Fragmentation of Global Environmental Governance: Causes, Consequences and Responses

Convenors: Fariborz Zelli and Harro van AsseltBackground: The workshop addressed the emerging phenomenon of institutional fragmentation…

Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance

A summer school series – the Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance – is established…

Resilience 2011: Special panel on Adaptiveness in Earth System Governance

The Earth System Governance Project will convene a special panel on Adaptiveness in Earth System Governance…

10th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference: “Power landscapes – histories and futures”

Around the world, pressures from climate change, globalization and changing use of natural resources increasingly affect…

Information Seminar: A meeting point for Swedish scientists, stakeholders, and Global Environmental Change Research

ObjectivesAs part of the work to better link Swedish research to international Global Change programs, the…

Colloquium on Population Dynamics in a Warmer World

A report of this colloquium is available →here.The National Committee for Geography of the Royal Swedish…

2nd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy “Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy”

The 2nd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy: Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and…

Governance for Green Growth?

The current structure of the global economic system lies at the heart of many debates about…

Lund University PhD Course in Water Governance

Introduction This fall, the LUCID Research School at Lund University, will organize an interdisciplinary Ph.D. course…

PhD Training School on Global Environmental Governance: The Multidisciplinary Approach

The 2010 PhD training school of the COST Action on Transformation of Global Environmental Governance will…

Capacity Building Workshop on Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines

The workshop will be jointly organized by the Global Carbon Project, the Earth System Governance Project,…

Law for Social-Ecological Resilience Conference

The Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre and Stockholm Resilience Centre invite to the Law for…

Author Workshop on ‘Earth System Governance: Accountability, Legitimacy and Democracy’

Accountability is one of the key themes of the new 10-year interdisciplinary research project on Earth…

Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance: ‘Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges’

We invite you to the Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance to be held 17-20 May…

2010 REPI Workshop on ‘Issue-Linkages and Regime-Complexes’

International politics have been handled by a growing number of international regimes, in extended issue areas…

Author Workshop on ‘Agency in Earth System Governance’

This author workshop on 'Agency in Earth System Governance' will work on a special issue that…

Colloquium at Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Conflicts over Land in the 21st Century

The Earth System Governance Project is a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on…

Multilevel environmental governance – What does it mean for Europe in Future?

The Centre for Transdisciplinary Study of Institutions, Evolutions and Policies (CETIP) at the Institute for Forecasting…

China National Committee on IHDP Workshop on Human Dimension of Global Environmental Changes

On 21 October 2009, the Chinese National Committee for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global…

SEE seminar: Earth System Governance as a Crosscutting Theme of Global Change Research

 The Earth System Science Partnership of the four main global change research programmes has recently declared…

IARU International Scientific Congress

The Earth System Governance Project convened a session at the IARU International Scientific Congress "Climate Change:…

ISA Annual Convention 2009

The Earth System Governance Project held a panel session at the ISA Annual Convention 2009, New…

MARUM Seminar / GLOMAR Guest Lecture – Earth System Governance: A challenge for research and policy

On 20 November 2009, the executive officer of the Earth System Governance Project held the MARUM…

7th International Science Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. ‘Social Challenges of Global Change’

The Earth System Governance Project has been strongly represented at the 7th International Science Conference on…

From IDGEC to ESG – Passing the Torch

In the evening of 16 October 2008, the start of the Earth System Governance Project was…

ISA Annual Convention 2008

The Earth System Governance Scientific Planning Committee held a workshop at the ISA Annual Convention 2008,…

2008 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change. ‘Long-Term Policies: Governing Social-Ecological Change’

The Earth System Governance initiative organised a semi-plenary session at the 2008 Berlin Conference on the…

Seminar ‘World politics in emergency Mode’

Seminar with Professor Frank Biermann on the global governance implications of drastic climate change.The current stalemate…

The Future of Environmental Governance in China: New actors, new mechanisms and global dimensions

The Earth System Governance Project, in collaboration with the European Commission Delegation in Beijing, organised the…

8th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics

Frank Biermann, chair of the Earth System Governance Project, held a key-note presentation on "Earth System…

SENSE Symposium ‘Climate Proofing Cities’

Climate change may be seen as the largest economic, political, developmental and environmental challenge the world…

2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. ‘Earth System Governance: People, Places, and the Planet’

We invite you to the 2009 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change,…

Conference on Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context

The governance of natural resources in an enlarged European Union is constantly confronted with new challenges.…

Legal Empowerment of the Poor: Exploring the Legal Dimension

The Lund University Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor is organizing a conference on legal…

Scaling and Governance Conference 2010. Towards a New Knowledge for Scale Sensitive Governance of Complex Systems

Policies have many impacts on environmental and human processes at different spatial and temporal scales. Climate…

2010 Marie Curie Training Course Architectures for Earth System Governance: The Distributional Implications of Environmental Change and Governance

This training course addresses the implications of environmental change for equity in earth system governance. To…

ISEE 11th Biennial Conference: Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis

Since the last ISEE conference held in Europe in 1994, the community has come a long…

Democratizing Climate Governance

Climate change poses considerable challenges to democracy. Its global nature questions the traditional parameters of our…

United Nations Climate Change Conference – Side-event ‘Earth System Governance and the Earth System Science Partnership: Theories and Strategies’

The Scientific Planning Committee of the Earth System Governance initiative presented a first draft of the…

2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. ‘Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies for Sustainability’

The mission statement of the Earth System Science Partnership calls upon social scientists to develop ‘strategies…

Recent publications

2021 Annual Report
The Earth System Governance Project seeks to mobilise and advance scholarship at the interface between global environmental change and governance. Discover how by learning more about the project in this summary of 2021!
Transforming Biodiversity Governance

Over fifty years of global conservation has failed to bend the curve of biodiversity loss, so we need to transform…

Special Issue: Towards a Sectoral Perspective on Global Climate Governance. Volume 8, June 2021

Tim Rayner, Sebastian Oberthür and Lukas Hermwille coordinated this special issue. The authors derived six major findings from the contributions…

Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence & Digitalization, March 2022

New technologies present significant opportunities to better manage natural resources and safeguard the environment. For instance, artificial intelligence (AI) is…

Special Issue: S.O.S. – Science for Ocean Sustainability, March 2022

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development will take place between 2021 and 2030. It offers a…

Representation and Rights of the Environment

Attending to the 'Cry of the Earth' requires a critical appraisal of how we conceive our relationship with the environment,…

Compound urban crises

The crises that cities face—such as climate change, pandemics, economic downturn, and racism—are tightly interlinked and cannot be addressed in…

Decarbonising Economies

Based on an interdisciplinary investigation of future visions, scenarios, and case-studies of low carbon innovation taking place across economic domains,…

Just transition towards a bioeconomy: Four dimensions in Brazil, India and Indonesia

The bioeconomy has been portrayed as a transformational change to replace fossil-based fuels and other goods such as plastics. It…

The Bioeconomy–Biodiversity Nexus: Enhancing or Undermining Nature’s Contributions to People?

Bioeconomy has become fundamental for a post-fossil-resources society, in line with climate change mitigation ambitions. Although it does not have…

Quo vadis, Brazil? Environmental Malgovernance under Bolsonaro and the Ambiguous Role of the Sustainable Development Goals

Brazil has continuously been in the international spotlight, first as an emerging economy improving social inclusion and sustainable development, then…

Learning in Governance: Climate Policy Integration in the European Union

An investigation of the role of learning and its impact on policy change, as exemplified in European Union climate policy…

Unacceptable Agency: Part I of The Problem of an Unloving World

The Earth System Governance Project is the largest scholarly body in the world devoted to articulating governance of the Earth’s…

Benefit sharing and conflict transformation: Insights for and from REDD+ forest governance in sub-Saharan Africa

In light of growing pressure on forests benefit sharing is increasingly gaining attention as a governance approach to facilitating more…

Legal Framework for Sustainable Floating City Development: A Case Study of the Netherlands

Sustainable floating city development has recently gained increasing popularity as a serious solution to climate change threats and land scarcity…

Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) v Royal Dutch Shell

This note provides an analysis of the judgment of the District Court of The Hague, Netherlands, in the case initiated…

Channeling environmentalism into climate policy: An experimental study of Fridays for Future participants from Germany

This study argues that scholars and policy-makers need to understand environmental activists better to bridge the gap between growing activism…

Towards a just climate change resilience. Developing resilient, anticipatory and inclusive community response

This book provides an accessible overview of how efforts to combat climate change and social inequalities should be tackled simultaneously.…

Design Trade-Offs Under Power Asymmetry: COPs and Flexibility Clauses

Negotiating parties to an environmental agreement can manage uncertainty by including flexibility clauses, such as escape and withdrawal clauses. This…

Violent Silence: The Erasure of History and Justice in Global Climate Policy

A widespread failure to recognize the social and political-economic causes of climate-related crises is an erasure of history that hides…

Pluralising planetary justice beyond the North-South divide: Recentring procedural, epistemic, and recognition-based justice in earth-systems governance

The concept of planetary justice has received increasing attention within the field of earth systems governance. Although a significant epistemic…

Arguments and architectures: Discursive and institutional structures shaping global climate engineering governance

Highlights • Climate engineering presents a novel challenge for global environmental governance • Institutional and discursive structures co-shape global environmental…

Certifying China: The Rise and Limits of Transnational Sustainability Governance in Emerging Economies

A comprehensive study of the growth, potential, and limits of transnational eco-certification in China and the implications for other emerging…

Forest Governance: Hydra or Chloris?

Many forest-related problems are considered relevant today. One might think of deforestation, illegal logging and biodiversity loss. Yet, many governance…

Advancing urban transitions and transformations research

Urban transitions and transformations research fosters a dialogue between sustainability transitions theory an inter- and transdisciplinary research on urban change.…

Enriching the concept of solution space for climate adaptation by unfolding legal and governance dimensions

Conspicuous interdisciplinary effort has been spent on addressing the consequences of climate change in a forward-looking way. The concept of…

The role of niche and regime intermediaries in building partnerships for urban transitions towards sustainability

The recent literature on intermediaries in urban sustainability transitions has studied their role as a translator between innovative niches and…

The elusive search for sustainable high seas fisheries: What role for an oceans governance approach?

The legal regime for the management of high seas fisheries has evolved extensively in the past decades, through the development…

Managing stakeholder perception and engagement for marine energy transitions in a decarbonising world

 There is a growing body of scholarship on the enabling conditions for energy transitions in various energy contexts globally. Transition…

Working Together the achieve the Paris Climate Goals and Sustainable Development: International Climate Cooperation and the role of developing countries and emerging economies

Sustainable development requires that the climate system be stabilised between 1.5°C and 2°C of average global warming. This necessitates a…

Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis

The book features several Earth System Governance Scholars and is specifically intended to provide useful input to the COP26 process.…

Beyond rules: How institutional cultures and climate governance interact

Institutions have a central role in climate change governance. But while there is a flourishing literature on institutions' formal rules,…

Contrasting the framing of urban climate resilience

Cities worldwide face climate change and other complex challenges and strive to become more resilient to the shocks and stresses…

The political effects of emergency frames in sustainability

Emergency frames are mobilized in contemporary sustainability debates, both in response to specific events and strategically. The strategic deployment of…

Postapocalyptic narratives in climate activism: their place and impact in five European cities

As climate movements are growing around the world, so too is a postapocalyptic form of environmentalism. While apocalyptic environmentalism warns…

Democratic Norms of Earth System Governance

Deliberative democracy is well-suited to the challenges of governing in the Anthropocene. But deliberative democratic practices are only suited to…

Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance: Global Order in Turbulent Times

In this timely book, leading scholar Oran Young reflects on the future of the global order. Developing new lenses through…

The international governance of gene drive organisms

Gene Drive Organisms (GDOs) are a proposed biotechnological intervention that might generate significant benefits for the conservation and sustainable use…

Taming Gaia 2.0: Earth system law in the ruptured Anthropocene.

If the Anthropocene is a rupture in planetary history, what does it mean for international environmental law? When the Earth…

Urban climate governance under the national government shadow: Evidence from Istanbul

Studies that focus on different urban governance structures, especially unitary states and semi-authoritarian regimes, are still lacking in the urban…

Do Risk Management Strategies Prevent Economic and Non-Economic Loss and Damages? Evidence from Drought Affected Households in Western India

Various transformative and curative measures have been undertaken as part of the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation programme…

Improving flood resilience through governance strategies: Gauging the state of the art

There has been an upsurge in studies of flood risk governance (FRG): steering and decision-making by public and private actors…

Subaltern forms of knowledge are required to boost local adaptation

Evidence shows that current adaptation planning approaches are not always successful in generating actionable knowledge to guide implementation on the…

More than planning: Diversity and drivers of institutional adaptation under climate change in 96 major cities

A key challenge for effective, ongoing urban climate adaptation is to adapt institutions within urban governance. While an extensive foundation…

Finding feasible action towards urban transformations

While innovative approaches to urban transformations are increasingly proposed, scholars often overlook challenges faced by endogenous actors (e.g. urban planners)…

Scientific evidence for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction

Ecosystems play a potentially important role in sustainably reducing the risk of disaster events worldwide. Yet, to date, there are…

Digital Social Innovation Spatial Imaginaries and Technological Resistances in Urban Governance

This book engages the reader in exploring the relationships between digital social innovation initiatives and the city. It delivers a…

Quality Assessment in Co-developing Climate Services in Norway and the Netherlands

Climate services, and research on climate services, have mutually developed over the past 20 years, with quality assessment a central…

Adaptiveness: Changing Earth System Governance

Rapid and transformational actions are ever more urgently needed to achieve a just, resilient, and ecologically sustainable global society, as…

2020 Annual Report

Our vision is to understand, imagine, and help realise just and sustainable futures by stimulating a pluralistic, vibrant and relevant…

The Economisation of Climate Change: How the G20, the OECD and the IMF Address Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Climate Finance

The effort to address climate change cuts across a wide range of non-environmental actors and policy areas, including international economic…

Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions and Processes

The European Union (EU) has a hugely important effect on the way in which environmental policies are framed, designed and…

Marine Biodiversity Negotiations During COVID-19: A New Role for Digital Diplomacy?

Measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic have indefinitely postponed in-person formal international negotiations for a new legally binding instrument under…

Who owns marine biodiversity? Contesting the world order through the ‘common heritage of humankind’ principle

The governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) lacks a legal framework that would ensure the conservation…

What We Know (and Could Know) about International Environmental Agreements

Initiated in 2002, the International Environmental Agreements Data Base (IEADB) catalogs the texts, memberships, and design features of over 3,000…

Architectures of Earth System Governance Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation

International institutions are prevalent in world politics. More than a thousand multilateral treaties are in place just to protect the…

Massive Institutional Structures in Global Governance

Global governance consists of elementary regimes that form regime complexes, which in turn give rise to what we call superclusters…

Corporate Sector Policy Innovations for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Implementation in the Global South

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are calling for developing and developed nations to strive to end inequality, promote universal access…

Multilateralism as a ‘site’ of struggle over environmental knowledge: the North-South divide

This forum piece discusses why multilateral spaces are key ‘sites’ for studying struggles over environmental knowledge and how Collaborative Event…

The Voice of Science on Marine Biodiversity Negotiations: A Systematic Literature Review

Over one hundred governments are currently negotiating a new legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of marine…

The usual suspects? Distribution of collaboration capital in marine biodiversity research

International scientific collaboration is vital for supporting global and regional measures to protect marine biodiversity in and beyond national jurisdiction.…

The Emerging Threats and Opportunities for Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goal 7: Policy Insights from sub-Saharan Africa and Malawi

Aim: Despite the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce climate change vulnerability…

Principles for Enhancing Earth System Governance and Sustainable Development Through Informality

Even though the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change introduced the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) framework as a novel…

Recognize fish as food in policy discourse and development funding

The international development community is off-track from meeting targets for alleviating global malnutrition. Meanwhile, there is growing consensus across scientific…

Topic modelling the news media representation of climate change

This article investigates the presence of domestic-international linkages in the Lithuanian mass media discourse on climate change. We apply the…

Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework

This paper examines the Global Climate Action Agenda (GCAA) and discusses options to improve sub‐ and non‐state involvement in post‐2020…

Assessing state compliance with multilateral climate transparency requirements: ‘Transparency Adherence Indices’ and their research and policy implications

Transparency is increasingly central to multilateral climate governance. In this article, we undertake one of the first systematic assessments of…

Ethical choices behind quantifications of fair contributions under the Paris Agreement

The Parties to the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement agreed to act on the basis of equity to protect the climate…

Pathologies of Climate Governance. International Relations, National Politics and Human Nature

Earth's climate is in crisis. Climate governance has failed. This book diagnoses climate governance as if it were a sick…

Governing the dark side of renewable energy: A typology of global displacements

Renewable energy (RE) is critical for curbing global greenhouse gas emissions to achieve 2 to 4 degrees of global warming…

Drought and water scarcity in the UK: Social science perspectives on governance, knowledge and outreach

This book presents a social science perspective on drought and water scarcity in the UK. It puts forward a narrative…

Vulnerability of the São Paulo Macro Metropolis to Droughts and Natural Disasters: Local to Regional Climate Risk Assessments and Policy Responses

The São Paulo Macro Metropolis (SPMM) is one of the richest and most inequitable regions of the Global South and…

Data and knowledge matters: Urban adaptation planning in São Paulo, Brazil

Highlights • Cities and urban areas face a strong adaptation imperative. • Collaborative approaches are vital for meeting urban adaptation…

Norm conflicts as governance challenges for Seed Commons: Comparing cases from Germany and the Philippines

A Seed Commons approach can help to highlight the common struggle of diverse seed initiatives in the Global North and…

A Topic Network Analysis of the System Turn in the Environmental Sciences

The concept of Earth system science denotes a shift in the scientific discourse from disciplinary accounts of isolated components of…

Antacids for the Sea? Artificial Ocean Alkalinization and Climate Change

There is increasing urgency for large-scale deployment of carbon-removal approaches to help avoid passing critical climatic thresholds. Given the severe…

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands at 50

At 50, the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971) has a mixed legacy. To survive and stay relevant in the Anthropocene,…

Remaking Political Institutions: Climate Change and Beyond

Institutions are failing in many areas of contemporary politics, not least of which concerns climate change. However, remedying such problems…

The future of ‘environmental’ policy in the Anthropocene: time for a paradigm shift

What is the future of ‘environmental’ policy in times of earth system transformations and the recognition of the ‘Anthropocene’ as…

The political nature of fantasy and political fantasies of nature

Within post-structuralist discourse theory, there has been an ongoing interest in fantasy and the fantasmatic logic. We propose a new…

Planetary boundaries at the intersection of Earth system law, science and governance: A state‐of‐the‐art review

First developed in Earth system science, the idea of planetary boundaries has gradually spilled over into social science research in…

Is Global Governance Fragmented, Polycentric, or Complex? the State of the Art of the Network Approach.

International institutions such as treaties and organizations shape, and are shaped by, the large web-like architecture of global governance. Yet…

What counts as climate finance? Define urgently

To resolve arguments over what funding actually flows from developed to developing nations, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate…

A political ecology perspective on resource extraction and human security in Kenya, Bolivia and Peru

This paper analyzes how the governance of non-renewable natural resources affects different dimensions of human security in local sites of…

Forgotten Values. The World Bank and Environmental Partnerships

Multi-stakeholder partnerships have become an increasingly common form of global governance. Partnerships, usually between international organizations (IOs) or state agencies…

Earth system law and the legal status of non-humans in the Anthropocene

Who belongs to communities of justice in the Anthropocene? While Western and non-Western traditions alike have typically afforded legal recognition…

Earth System Governance – Volume 4

We are delighted to present the fourth volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested…

Environmental Recourse at the Multilateral Development Banks

Global governance now provides people with recourse for harm through International Grievance Mechanisms, such as the Independent Accountability Mechanisms of…

The Making of Responsible Innovation

Science and technological innovation wield unfathomable power in the shaping of social life and the environment. Yet, the democratic control…

Postapocalyptic environmentalism: A movement for transformational climate adaptation?

As climate movements are growing around the world, so too is a postapocalyptic form of environmentalism. While apocalyptic environmentalism warns…

A New Paradigm for Social License as a Path to Marine Sustainability

Traditional marine governance can create inferior results. Management decisions customarily reflect fluctuating political priorities and formidable special-interest influence. Governments face…

Alternatives to Multilateralism: New Forms of Social and Environmental Governance

The effects of globalization on governance are complex and uncertain. As markets integrate, governments have become increasingly hesitant to enforce…

Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities

This volume examines environmental law and governance in the Pacific, focusing on the emerging challenges this region faces. The Pacific…

Indonesia: Human rights, persons with disabilities, and the politics of disaster displacement in post-eruption Mt. Sinabung

Indonesia: Human rights, persons with disabilities, and the politics of disaster displacement in post-eruption Mt. Sinabung. in Matthew Scott and…

Why do extreme events still kill in the São Paulo Macro Metropolis Region? Chronicle of a death foretold in the global south

This paper contributes to the study of climate change and environmental justice with a particular focus on a Global South…

Governing complexity and environmental justice: lessons from the water crisis in Metropolitan São Paulo (2013-2015)

The paper presents a discussion on the water crisis that occurred between 2013 and 2015 in the Metropolitan Region of…

The no significant harm principle and the human right to water

Access to water has been recognized as an international human right at least since 2010, when both the United Nations…

Designing policy for the long term: Agency, policy feedback and policy change

Policy feedback research faces a potential pivot point owing to recent theoretical and substantive advances. Concerted attention now spans new…

Transforming our world? Discursive representation in the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals

Calls to advance the democratization of sustainable development negotiations have recently proliferated. However, the participatory schemes set up by international…

Exploring the governance and implementation of sustainable development initiatives through blockchain technology

Societies at large still grapple to categorize digital space as a phenomenon. At the same time, scientists and developers are…

Governing complex societal problems: The impact of private on public regulation through technological change

When addressing complex societal problems, public regulation is increasingly complemented by private regulation. Extant literature has provided valuable insights into…

Time to Certify: Explaining Varying Efficiency of Private Regulatory Audits

Private regulatory programs, such as certification schemes, seek to control market access by providing greater certainty about products' credence attributes,…

Disaggregating public‐private governance interactions: European Union interventions in transnational private sustainability governance

Transnational private sustainability governance, such as eco‐certification, does not operate in a regulatory or jurisdictional vacuum. A public authority may…

More Sustainable Bioenergy by Making Use of Regional Alternative Biomass?

Bioenergy is a building block of the ongoing transformation toward renewables-based energy systems. Bioenergy supply chains are regionally embedded and…

Where do novelties come from? A social network analysis of Transnational Municipal Networks in global climate governance

Climate-related Transnational Municipal Networks (TMNs) have gained prominence. Scholars have discussed their effects, including their capacity to generate novelties. Yet,…

The hybrid governance of environmental transnational municipal networks: Lessons from 100 Resilient Cities

Transnational Municipal Networks (TMNs) are increasing in size, scope and number on the global arena. They reflect a tendency for…

Climate Change and Human Mobility

'Climate Change and Human Mobility’ in Shahabuddin, M (ed), Bangladesh and International Law. This book is the first-ever comprehensive analysis…

The Emerging Global Consensus on Climate Change and Human Mobility

This book examines whether a global consensus is emerging on climate change and human mobility and presents evidence of a…

The Brazilian Blue Amazon under threat: Why has the oil spill continued for so long?

In August 2019, an oil spill incident washed the coast in Brazil affecting some of the country’s most visited and…

Reframing urban governance for resilience implementation: The role of network closure and other insights from a network approach

The concept of urban resilience, particularly through a systems framework, has advanced tremendously over the past decade. Relatedly, collaborative and…

Pathways to Urban Sustainability through Individual Behaviors: The Role of Social Capital

Given the available scientific understanding regarding the environmental impacts of everyday behaviors, individuals should be both concerned and motivated to…

Assessing land use changes and livelihood outcomes of rural people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, Bangladesh

Land use change is a pressing concern for the livelihoods of people in tropical developing countries. Changes in land use…

Durable by Design? Policy Feedback in a Changing Climate

Following the landmark Paris agreement, policy makers are under pressure to adopt policies that rapidly deliver deep, society-wide decarbonisation. Deep…

The Boundaries of the Planetary Boundary Framework: A Critical Appraisal of Approaches to Define a “Safe Operating Space” for Humanity

In 2009, a group of 29 scholars argued that we can identify a set of “planetary boundaries” that humanity must…

Planetary justice: Prioritizing the poor in earth system governance

We are in the middle of a planetary crisis that urgently requires stronger modes of earth system governance. At the…

Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element

An interdisciplinary analysis of human interactions with mercury through history that sheds light on efforts to promote and achieve sustainability.…

Reforming global climate governance in an age of bullshit

There is a significant deficit of ‘ecological integrity’ in contemporary climate change governance, defined as explicit recognition of the mismatch…

Rights for Robots. Artificial Intelligence, Animal and Environmental Law.

Bringing a unique perspective to the burgeoning ethical and legal issues surrounding the presence of artificial intelligence in our daily…

Portrait of a climate city: How climate change is emerging as a risk in Bergen, Norway

Climate change is dramatically shifting the way cities interpret and live with their local climate. This paper analyses how climate…

A diagnostic tool for supporting policymaking on urban resilience

Urban resilience has become a popular notion among urban policymakers and scientists, as a way to deal with the many…

Environmental visualizations: Framing and reframing between science, policy and society

Visualizations are influential in the interaction between environmental science and policy. Research on framing in environmental visualizations (visual framing) is…

Beyond accountability: alternative rationales for transparency in global trade politics

The conventional view of transparency is that it is a critical tool to combat corruption and ensure the democratic accountability…

Transparency in global sustainability governance: to what effect?

Transparency in environmental governance is no longer an uncontroversial answer to problems of accountability and effectiveness. How to design effective…

Democratising planetary boundaries: experts, social values and deliberative risk evaluation in Earth system governance

Recent debates about the concept of planetary boundaries recall longstanding concerns about whether ecological limits are compatible with ecological democracy.…

Between environmental and ecological democracy: theory and practice at the democracy-environment nexus

Concepts of ecological and environmental democracy seek to reconcile two normative ideals: ensuring environmental sustainability while safeguarding democracy. These ideals…

Increasing the Resilience of Africa’s Food Systems to Climate Change through an Alignment of Microfinance and Renewable Energy Services: Policy Prospects and Challenges

Climate change might be considered as the greatest threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa…

Improving international soil governance – Analysis and recommendations

This study develops options for the German government to improve international soil governance in the short, medium and long term.…

Considering the dilemma of societal alignment: A response.

The publication of our article “Introducing the dilemma of societal alignment for inclusive and responsible research and innovation” (Ribeiro et…

EU Environmental Governance. Current and Future Challenges

This book presents an overview of the field of environmental law and policies within the European Union, from theoretical foundations…

Global Green Politics

In light of growing urgency in tackling the global environmental crisis, there is a need for new visions and strategies…

Reducing Climate Change Vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa Cities: Policy Prospects for Social Innovation and Microfinance

Africa might not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because climate change will exacerbate poverty and inequality in the region.…

Hard or Soft Governance? The EU’s Climate and Energy Policy Framework for 2030

This article investigates the stringency of EU climate and energy governance along the soft-hard continuum as a key determinant of…

Assessing the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework: Incremental change toward radical transformation?

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the changes to European Union (EU) climate and energy law brought about by…

Where to begin? Defining national strategies for implementing the 2030 Agenda: the case of Switzerland

Five years after adoption of the 2030 Agenda, there is a general lack of progress in reaching its Sustainable Development…

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance

Aligning global governance to the challenges of sustainability is one of the most urgent international issues to be addressed. This…

Governing the Climate-Energy Nexus. Institutional Complexity and Its Challenges to Effectiveness and Legitimacy

Combating climate change and transitioning to fossil-free energy are two central and interdependent challenges facing humanity today. Governing the nexus…

Are We Missing the Bigger Picture? An Analysis of How Science Can Contribute To an Ecosystem-Based Approach for Beach Management on the São Paulo Macrometropolis

The complexity of human-environment interactions in coastal areas represent management challenges, especially in the beach environment, important for its ecosystem…

Leaving no one behind? The influence of civil society participation on the Sustainable Development Goals

Spaces for civil society participation within intergovernmental negotiations on sustainability have multiplied since the 1992 Earth Summit. Such participatory spaces…

Australia’s Blue Re-Growth?

'The catastrophic conditions of the 2019/2020 fire season in Australia made global headlines. The ocean conditions for marine biodiversity are…

Political Perspectives on Geoengineering: Navigating Problem Definition and Institutional Fit

Geoengineering technologies are by definition only effective at scale, and so international policy development of some sort will be unavoidable.…

(Transnational) law for the Anthropocene: revisiting Jessup’s move from ‘what?’ to ‘how?’

In the Anthropocene, legal thinking is challenged to re-envision the ‘human' position vis-à-vis the ‘natural' ‘environment'. To map this challenge,…

Cities on the World Stage: The Politics of Global Urban Climate Governance

Cities are playing an ever more important role in the mitigation and adaption to climate change. This book examines the…

Earth System Governance – Volume 3

We are delighted to present the third volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested…

When international sustainability frameworks encounter domestic politics: The sustainable development goals and agri-food governance in South America

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been heralded as a landmark achievement and a major opportunity for transformative and inclusive…

Special Issue: Access and Allocation in Earth System Governance.

This Special Issue on 'Access and Allocation in Earth System Governance', edited by Prof. Joyeeta Gupta and Dr. Louis Lebel,…

Environmental Justice. Key Issues

Environmental Justice: Key Issues is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of…

Hyperconnected, receptive and do-it-yourself city. An investigation into the European “imaginary” of crowdsourcing for urban governance

This paper critically explores the construction and diffusion of the socio-technical imaginary of crowdsourcing for public governance in Europe via…

The ‘fluid governance’ of urban public spaces. Insights from informal planning practices in Rome

This paper investigates the emergence of informal planning practices and their relationship with the new geometries of power and responsibility…

Towards explanations for stability and change in modes of environmental governance: A systematic approach with illustrations from the Netherlands

Studies on stability and change in modes of environmental governance often remain implicit regarding the conceptualisation, nature and causes of…

Environmental Human Rights in Earth System Governance. Democracy Beyond Democracy

Environmental rights are a category of human rights necessarily central to both democracy and effective earth system governance (any environmental-ecological-sustainable…

Deliberative Global Governance

Global institutions are afflicted by severe democratic deficits, while many of the major problems facing the world remain intractable. Against…

Ecoregionalism: Analyzing Regional Environmental Agreements and Processes

This book provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental regionalism at the international level, analyzing the concept and identifying recurring patterns…

Confident, likely, or both? The implementation of the uncertainty language framework in IPCC special reports

The uncertainty language framework used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is designed to encourage the consistent characterization…

How institutional interactions can strengthen effectiveness: The case of multi-stakeholder partnerships for renewable energy

Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the Paris Agreement reiterate the importance of a worldwide uptake of renewable energy. However, the…

Transamazonian: integrate it or lose it

This article discusses how the dictatorial government of General Emilio Garrastazu Médici used symbolic elements as the basis for the…

Policy learning in REDD+ Donor Countries: Norway, Germany and the UK

In this article Lead Faculty member Prof. Heike Schroeder discusses the following in the Introduction: 'Almost 15 years have passed…

Access and allocation in climate change adaptation

As climate change impacts become increasingly apparent, adaptation becomes increasingly urgent. Accordingly, adaptation to climate change has shifted towards the…

“Planetarity,” “Planetarism,” and the Interpersonal

In this article, Senior Research Fellow  Dr. Jeremy David Bendik-Keymer, discusses [...]!   'For reasons I have elsewhere explained, I…

2019 Annual Report

The Report includes information about: the vibrant and successful 2019 Oaxaca Conference on Earth System Governance, the first in its kind…

Selling Sustainability Short? The Private Governance of Labor and the Environment in the Coffee Sector

Can private standards bring about more sustainable production practices? This question is of interest to conscientious consumers, academics studying the…

Architectures of Earth System Governance. Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation

International institutions are prevalent in world politics. More than a thousand multilateral treaties are in place just to protect the…

Involving Anthroponomy in the Anthropocene. On Decoloniality

This book introduces the idea of anthroponomy – the organization of humankind to support autonomous life – as a response…

Access and allocation in food governance, a decadal view 2008–2018

Achieving food security worldwide raises a number of issues with regard to the distribution of global resources. On the one…

The Brazilian renewable energy policy framework: instrument design and coherence

In the context of Brazil's rising energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we develop a forward-looking analysis of the domestic renewable…

Leveraging Blockchain Technology for Innovative Climate Finance under the Green Climate Fund

The rapid development of digital technologies such as blockchain and distributed ledger-based systems holds transformative potential for the financial sector.…

Is Wildness Over?

Wildness was once integral to our ancestor’s lives as they struggled to survive in an unpredictable environment. Today, most of…

Nature 2000 experiences in South-East Europe: comparisons from Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The main research objective is to determine the impact of Europeanisation on the nature protection system in the countries of…

Reviewing the impact of sustainability certification on food security in developing countries

What is the impact of sustainability certification on food security in developing countries? This article explores the issue through a…

Bridging practices, institutions, and landscapes through a scale-based approach for research and practice: A case study of a business association in South India

There is a need for enterprises to incorporate information on the environment into decision making and to take action on…

A review of data-intensive approaches for sustainability: methodology, epistemology, normativity, and ontology

With the growth of data, data-intensive approaches for sustainability are becoming widespread and have been endorsed by various stakeholders. To…

Local narratives of change as an entry point for building urban climate resilience

Cities face increasing risks due to climate change, and many cities are actively working towards increasing their climate resilience. Climate…

Principles for knowledge co-production in sustainability research

Research practice, funding agencies and global science organizations suggest that research aimed at addressing sustainability challenges is most effective when…

The End of the Road: State Liability for Acts of UN Peacekeeping Contingents After the Dutch Supreme Court’s Judgment in Mothers of Srebrenica (2019)

This article provides an analysis of the Dutch Supreme Court judgment in the Mothers of Srebrenica case, placing it in…

The Public Participant versus the Populist Government of an Illiberal Democracy

Jure Vidmar (Ed.). European Populism and Human Rights (International Studies in Human Rights, Volume 130) 72–91. This volume focuses on…

Commodity-Centric Landscape Governance as a Double-Edged Sword: The Case of Soy and the Cerrado Working Group in Brazil

Persistent ecological and socio-economic impacts from the expansion of industrial monocultures in the tropics have raised land use sustainability to…

The role of actors in the policy design process: introducing design coalitions to explain policy output

Despite a renaissance of policy design thinking in public policy literature and a renewed interest in agency in the policy…

Is the Brazilian National Climate Change Adaptation Plan Addressing Inequality? Climate and Environmental Justice in a Global South Perspective

This article approaches the theme of climate change adaptation in Brazil and the need for interaction between an agenda of…

Swimming in their own direction: Explaining domestic variation in homegrown sustainability governance for aquaculture in Asia

Agricultural commodity production in the Global South is accompanied by a range of social and environmental problems ranging from pollution…

The global economic system and access and allocation in earth system governance

Ensuring sustainability of earth systems is intrinsically dependent on the incorporation of equity and fairness in the regimes and institutions…

Policy packaging can make food system transformation feasible

Redesigning food production and consumption is key to limiting global warming, soil erosion and biodiversity loss. Yet, transforming the food…

How can NGOs support collective action among the users of rural drinking water systems? A case study of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) systems in Bangladesh

In this article, we link NGO-supplied drinking water infrastructure projects with collective action development approaches. Although governing local, shared drinking…

Factors Affecting Consumption of Water from a Newly Introduced Safe Drinking Water System: The Case of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Systems in Bangladesh

Rather than committing exclusively to one drinking water option, households in Bangladesh often use a portfolio of sources that, in…

Migration as climate adaptation? Exploring discourses amongst development actors in the Pacific Island region

This paper investigates the perspectives of a set of actors devoted to development in the Pacific on climate change, migration,…

Private Governance and Public Authority. Regulating Sustainability in a Global Economy

At a time of significant concern about the sustainability of the global economy, businesses are eager to display responsible corporate…

Research programmes in global change and sustainability research: what does coordination achieve?

Large scale research programmes and networks are an increasingly prominent feature of global change and sustainability research. They aim to…

Ten years after Copenhagen: re-imagining climate change governance in urban areas

In this review, we take stock of the last decade of research on climate change governance in urban areas since…

Planetarism: a paradigmatic alternative to internationalism

hat is a robust theoretical alternative to nationalism? For many seasoned cosmopolitan thinkers the answer is internationalism, which is generally…

The 18th Sustainable Development Goal

This article makes the case for an 18th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on animal health, welfare and rights. We have…

Global Environmental Politics

Global Environmental Politics provides a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts, theories, methods, and debates in environmental politics. The authors'…

Greening through Trade

How the environmental provisions in US preferential trade agreements affect both the environmental policies of trading partners and the effectiveness…

Political participation of businesses: A framework to understand contributions of SMEs to urban sustainability politics

Private sector actors both enable and inhibit sustainability-oriented policies at multiple scales. Yet, research on business sustainability predominantly emphasizes large…

Planetary justice: What can we learn from ethics and political philosophy?

In this paper, we attempt to contribute to understanding the concept of ‘planetary justice.’ Rather than advancing a specific philosophical…

What do researchers mean when talking about justice? An empirical review of justice narratives in global change research

The study of planetary justice is an emerging research field that explores questions of justice on a planetary scale, particularly…

A coal elimination treaty 2030: Fast tracking climate change mitigation, global health and security

This article sets out the case for an international treaty to phase out the mining and burning of coal—a Coal…

An earth system governance perspective on solar geoengineering

Solar geoengineering appears capable of reducing climate change and the associated risks. In part because it would be global in…

Discourse inertia and the governance of transboundary rivers in Asia

Changes in political, social and environmental arenas increase challenges for complex policy processes. However, areas of public policy are dominated…

Planetary Justice: A Research Framework.

In this paper we develop a conceptual framework to empirically analyse conceptualizations of ‘justice’ in the context of profound transformations…

Blue Screen Biosphere: The Absent Presence of Biodiversity in International Law

From the social contract theory of Hobbes and Locke to the United Nations Charter, the sovereign state has formed the…

The return of carbon offsetting? The discursive legitimation of new market arrangements in the Paris climate regime

The current commitments under the Paris Agreement are not enough to achieve the 1,5 °C target. Even if states comply with…

Governance for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: How important are participation, policy coherence, reflexivity, adaptation and democratic institutions?

It is widely accepted that the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on effective governance arrangements. However,…

Looking beyond justice as universal basic needs is essential to progress towards ‘safe and just operating spaces’

Taking point of departure in the ambitious framework for ‘safe and just operating spaces’ for social-ecological systems, this paper explores…

Protecting biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: An earth system governance perspective

In September 2018, following over a decade of informal discussions, the United Nations General Assembly launched an intergovernmental conference to…

Editorial to the second volume of Earth System Governance

We are delighted to present here the second volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested…

Earth System Governance – Volume 2

We are delighted to present here the second volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested…

Agency in Earth System Governance

The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts…

Do Rich People Rather Than Rich Countries Bear the Greatest Responsibility for Climate Change? Yes: Rich People Ought to Behave Responsibly (Before It’s Too Late)

Contemporary Climate Change Debates is an innovative new textbook which tackles some of the difficult questions raised by climate change. For…

Environmental rights in the Asia Pacific region: taking stock and assessing impacts

Since their emergence in the 1970s, human rights relating to environmental protection have spread all over the world and continue…

Governance of Marine Geoengineering

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Climate Engineering under the Paris Agreement

Recent assessments of the international community’s ability to hold the increase of global average temperature to well below 2°C, while…

Governing geoengineering research for the Great Barrier Reef

Coral reefs are highly vulnerable to the impacts of rising marine temperatures and marine heatwaves. Mitigating dangerous climate change is…

The Effects of Transnational Municipal Networks on Urban Climate Politics in the Global South

In Van der Heijden, Jeroen, Harriet Bulkeley, and Chiara Certomà (Eds.). Urban Climate Politics. Agency and Empowerment. Earth System Governance…

Indonesia Law and Policy Report

Since 2017, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute has, together with academic partners, been conducting a regional thematic study on displacement in…

Deep-time organizations: Learning institutional longevity from history

The Anthropocene as a new planetary epoch has brought to the foreground the deep-time interconnections of human agency with the…

Transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement and their (un)likely impact on strengthening the ambition of nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

How will the Paris Agreement drive countries to address climate change? One expectation of the Agreement is that transparency will…

Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Poland

By opening a new dialogue between scholars of public policy and those of public administration, Climate Policy in Denmark, Germany,…

Building urgent intergenerational bridges: assessing early career researcher integration in global sustainability initiatives

A double intergenerational conundrum abounds in sustainability science as young generations of researchers have relatively little influence on current strategic…

Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance

The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance provides a state-of-the-art review of core debates and contributions that offer a more normative, critical,…

Ocean Governance amidst Climate Change: An Essay on the Future

In Climate Change at Sea: Interactions, Impacts and Governance, edited by P.G. Harris. More information about the article available here

Climate Change at Sea: Interactions, Impacts and Governance

In Climate Change at Sea: Interactions, Impacts and Governance, edited by P.G. Harris. More information about the article available here

Climate Change and Ocean Governance: Politics and Policy for Threatened Seas

Climate Change and Ocean Governance brings together authors from political science and cognate disciplines to examine the political and policy…

Climigration and the Private Sector

As the effects of climate change grow more severe, millions of people in the United States and around the world…

Between negotiations and litigation: Vanuatu’s perspective on loss and damage from climate change

This contribution explores how climate-vulnerable states can effectively use the law to force action in order to address loss and…

State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights under International Law

The last decade has witnessed an increasing focus on the relationship between climate change and human rights. Several international human…

Meaningful public participation in the management of transboundary river basins

his paper analyses the conditions set by international and European water law to assure “meaningful” public participation in transboundary water management. At…

Equity across Generations in International and Domestic Water Law

Equity across Generations in International and Domestic Water Law in Cottier, Thomas, Shaheeza Lalani and Clarence Siziba (Eds.), Intergenerational Equity:…

Sustainable management of freshwater resources: Linking international water law and the Sustainable Development Goals

Ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030 is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in…

Remedies for Human Rights Violations Caused by Climate Change

The right to a remedy is central to a human rights approach to climate change. However, a range of obstacles…

Managed retreat in the United States

Managed retreat—the purposeful, coordinated movement of people and assets out of harm's way—is a controversial and often overlooked adaptation tool…

The case for strategic and managed climate retreat

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Policy goals, partisanship and paradigmatic change in energy policy – analyzing parliamentary discourse in Germany over 30 years

The successful implementation of the Paris Agreement requires substantial energy policy change on the national level. In national energy policy-making,…

Climate Justice: The Urgent Research Agenda(s)

In A Research Agenda for Climate Justice, edited by P.G. Harris. More details about the book and the article are available…

A Cosmopolitan Agenda for Climate Justice: Embracing Non-State Actors

In A Research Agenda for Climate Justice, edited by P.G. Harris. More information about the book and the article available here

Governing Shallow Waters: SDG 6 and Water Security in São Paulo

From 2013 to 2015, Brazil faced a severe water crisis that led 1,485 out of its 5,561 municipalities to declare…

Explaining Advocacy Coalition Change with Policy Feedback

Despite the prominence of exogenous factors in theories of policy change, the precise mechanisms that link such factors to policy…

Missing the Bigger Picture: A Population-level Analysis of Transnational Private Governance Organizations Active in the Global South

This article conducts a population-level analysis of transnational private governance organizations (TPGOs) that develop standards for sustainable commodity production in…

Structure, path dependence, and adaptation: North-South imbalances in transnational private fisheries governance

Transnational private governance schemes, like other global rule-making arenas, are confronted with the challenges of North-South imbalances. Through their standards…

The instrumental power of transnational private governance: Interest representation and lobbying by private rule‐makers

While scholars have researched transnational private governance for over two decades, we still know little about some of the specific…

Transnational municipal networks: Harbingers of innovation for global adaptation governance?

Few studies have examined transnational actors involved in global adaptation governance, despite their growing influence. This paper focuses on 100…

NGOs and the Environment

In Davies, Thomas (Ed.),  Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations. More details about the book and the article are…

International Climate Policy in the Post-Paris Era

The aim of this article is to assess the efficacy of the Paris Agreement to generate policies and incentivize actions…

Environmental Determinants of Chinese Development Finance in Africa

To what extent are decisions regarding Chinese investment in Africa motivated by environmental factors? A considerable body of work has…

Eviction is not a disaster

Motivation Should the process of forcibly evicting people from customary land be classified as a ‘disaster'? Some international organizations and…

A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Climate justice is now an established area of scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries. However, despite the work of governments, activists…

Climate change adaptation narratives: Linking climate knowledge and future thinking

Even in countries with high capacity to adapt to climate change, when future-oriented adaptation narratives are neither explicit nor common,…

The Impact of the Economic Crisis on European Environmental Policy

The European Union (EU) has sought to establish itself as a global environmental leader but was hit by the combined…

Socio-ecological resilience and the law: Exploring the adaptive capacity of the BBNJ agreement

In search for sustainability of the oceans, the concept of resilience arises as a necessary perspective from which to analyse…

Assessing integrated sustainability research: use of social network analysis to evaluate scientific integration and transdisciplinarity in research networks

Global environmental challenges are increasingly complex and interdependent and the sentiment that sustainability requires new approaches to integrating science and…

Leakage and boosting effects in environmental governance: a framework for analysis

In an increasingly interconnected world, leakage—broadly understood as unintended displacement of impacts caused by an environmental policy intervention—has become a…

Policy Integration for Sustainable Development through Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Over the past three decades, policy integration has become a key objective for guiding and harmonizing policies for sustainable development.…

Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals: Assessing Indonesia’s Compliance towards the Global Goals

The international community has come together to pursue certain fundamental, common goals over the coming period to 2030 to make…

Focusing on Non-State Actions Instead of Non-State Actors in the Context of Sustainability Transitions

Non-state and subnational actors active in sustainability transitions have increased considerably in recent years. However, the term “non-state actors” is…

From ‘talking the talk’ to ‘walking the walk’? Multi-level global governance of the Anthropocene in Indonesia

Emerging economies such as Indonesia are among the highest greenhouse gas emitters in the world and are global environmental drivers…

REDD+ and the Reconfiguration of Public Authority in the Forest Sector: A Comparative Case Study of Indonesia and Brazil

Since the 1980s, central governments have decentralized forestry to local governments in many countries of the Global South. More recently,…

Max Weber in the tropics: How global climate politics facilitates the bureaucratization of forestry in Indonesia

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is one of the most advanced global climate governance arrangements and we…

Sustainability Transformations: Agents and Drivers across Societies

Societal transformations are needed across the globe in light of pressing environmental issues. This need to transform is increasingly acknowledged in…

Opportunities for the Action Agenda for Nature and People

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework presents a window of opportunity to increase its ambition level and for improving the effectiveness…

From Paris to Beijing. Insights gained from the UNFCCC Paris Agreement for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

Negotiations have started on a new global framework for biodiversity. In 2020, in Beijing, a new international biodiversity framework will…

Towards a Global Biodiversity Action Agenda

Non‐state and sub‐national actors (e.g. cities, regions and companies) are increasingly taking action to address biodiversity loss. They set up…

Earth System Governance – Volume 1

Welcome to Earth System Governance – the new open-access journal for all those interested in the study of institutions, political processes and…

Protecting biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction: An earth system governance perspective

In September 2018, following over a decade of informal discussions, the United Nations General Assembly launched an intergovernmental conference to…

The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: a critical assessment after ten years

The social sciences have engaged since the late 1980s in international collaborative programmes to study questions of sustainability and global…

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change—Made in USA?

The 2015 Paris Agreement established a new logic for international climate governance: the pledge-and-review system. In 2009, the same idea…

Urban Climate Politics: Agency and Empowerment

Since the 1990s, a burgeoning literature has emerged on the politics and governance of urban climate. It is now evident…

Pathways to urban sustainability: How science can contribute to sustainable development in cities

Pressing sustainability challenges reinvigorate calls for scientific actors to strengthen their profile as change agents. Focusing on the urban context,…

Special issue: Exploring global and transnational governance of climate change adaptation

In post-Paris climate governance, the old mantra that ‘mitigation is global; adaptation is local’ (see Burton 2011, p. 481) is…

Governing borderless climate risks: moving beyond the territorial framing of adaptation

Despite the increasing relevance of cross-border flows of goods, capital and people in shaping risks and opportunities today, we still…

Effective governance of transnational adaptation initiatives

Transnational climate governance has mainly been preoccupied with climate change mitigation, both in practice and as studied in academic literature.…

Does orchestration in the Global Climate Action Agenda effectively prioritize and mobilize transnational climate adaptation action?

Climate change adaptation is increasingly seen as a question that involves globally connected vulnerabilities and impacts which necessitate transboundary action…

The Governance of Solar Geoengineering. Managing Climate Change in the Anthropocene.

Climate change is among the world’s most important problems, and solutions based on emission cuts or adapting to new climates…

Studying urban climate governance: Where to begin, what to look for, and how to make a meaningful contribution to scholarship and practice

Cities are key in climate mitigation and adaptation, and they have developed into sites of innovative urban climate governance that…

Seeding the clouds to reach the sky: Will China’s weather modification practices support the legitimization of climate engineering?

In this Perspective, we discuss whether in times of quickly proceeding global environmental change, radical global interventions like “climate engineering”…

Unveiling the security concerns of low carbon development: climate security analysis of the undesirable and unintended effects of mitigation and adaptation

In debates of climate action, low carbon development has been widely advocated as an opportunity arising from climate change. This…

Gene Drives and the International Biodiversity Regime.

Gene drives are genetic modifications designed for rapidly diffusing traits throughout a target population. They are currently being proposed as…

Timescape of disaster risk governance in contemporary Japan: Neither state of normalcy nor constancy in regulation

Although the relationship between public policies and disaster risk is apparent, its nature is not so evident. The dominant model,…

New directions in earth system governance research

The Earth System Governance project is a global research alliance that explores novel, effective governance mechanisms to cope with the…

A rights foundation for ecological democracy

What would it mean to conceptualize some environmental relationships as bundles of rights, rather than as a good as generally…

Deliberation and the Promise of a Deeply Democratic Sustainability Transition

Ecological economics arose as a normative transdiscipline aiming to generate knowledge and tools to help transition the economy toward a…

NAFTA 2.0: What are the implications for environmental governance?

This Perspective examines some of the most significant changes in the renegotiated North America Free Trade Agreement and the implications…

Earth system law: The juridical dimensions of earth system governance

While the focus of earth system governance is on the human-social aspects of Earth system changes, law has played a…

The Evolution of the UNFCCC

This article takes stock of the evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through the prism…

Constructing diagnostic trees: A stepwise approach to institutional design

The idea of institutional diagnostics has sparked considerable interest over the last twenty years, especially among those seeking to assess…

Editorial to the inaugural issue of ‘Earth System Governance’

Welcome to Earth System Governance – the new open-access journal for all those interested in the study of institutions, political…

Rich man’s solution?

Numerous recent studies project that ‘climate engineering’ technologies might need to play a major role in the future. Such technologies…

Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development offers a unique framework for transformative pathways towards sustainability worldwide. The 2030 Agenda also…

Anthropocene Encounters: New Directions in Green Political Thinking

Coined barely two decades ago, the Anthropocene has become one of the most influential and controversial terms in environmental policy.…

Institutional Drift in International Biotechnology Regulation

Digitalization, genome editing and synthetic biology are presently leading to fundamental changes in the field of biotechnology. At the same…

Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap

An examination of whether accountability mechanisms in global environmental governance that focus on monitoring and enforcement necessarily lead to better…

Bridging knowledge divides: The case of indigenous ontologies of territoriality and REDD+

Highlights New relationships are needed in order to co-produce knowledge to tackle global challenges. Sharing knowledge across different ontologies can…

The Politics and Governance of Negative Emissions Technologies

It is well known that the Paris Agreement aims to keep climate change – perhaps the greatest current challenge to…

Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean

Global Environmental Governance gives the perspectives of small states on some of the most important issues of the anthropocene, from…

Cambridge Elements – Earth System Governance (Flyer)

This exciting book series provides concise but authoritative studies of the governance of complex socio-ecological systems, written by world-leading scholars.…

Opinion: Flood Risk Reduction – Structural Measures and Diverse Strategies

Floods continue to hit many countries, both less developed and industrialized, bringing human suffering and immense economic damage (see floodobservatory. colorado.edu/). Hurricane Florence…

Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan

The Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan sets out the agenda for the next decade of earth system governance research. It…

Social-Ecological Outcomes of Agricultural Intensification

Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably, but…

Climate Actions: Transformative Mechanisms for Social Mobilisation

Climate change remains a challenge that needs to be addressed at its core, particularly the rapid reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse…

Accelerating Sustainable Energy Transition(s) in Developing Countries: The Challenges of Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Accelerating sustainable energy transitions away from carbon-based fuel sources needs to be high on the agendas of developing countries. It…

Governing the Termination Problem in Solar Radiation Management

Technologies for Solar Radiation Management (SRM) could limit global warming by manipulating the Earth’s radiation balance. A major objection to…

Science for Change: A Survey on the Normative and Political Dimensions of Global Sustainability Research

Global change and sustainability research increasingly focusses on informing and shaping societal transformations towards more sustainable futures. Doing so, researchers…

The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform

Fossil fuel subsidies strain public budgets, and contribute to climate change and local air pollution. Despite widespread agreement among experts…

Visual Cross-Platform Analysis: Digital Methods to Research Social Media Images

Analysis of social media using digital methods is a flourishing approach. However, the relatively easy availability of data collected via…

The Green State and Industrial Decarbonisation

The large share of carbon emitted by energy-intensive industries in the extraction and processing of basic materials must be limited…

Solar Geoengineering and Democracy

Some scientists suggest that it might be possible to reflect a portion of incoming sunlight back into space to reduce…

Do Eco-Labels Prevent Deforestation? Lessons from Non-State Market Driven Governance in the Soy, Palm Oil, and Cocoa Sectors

In countries marked by the growing uptake of non-state market driven (NSMD) governance for agricultural commodities (i.e., eco-labels and certification…

The Discord between International and Australian Approaches to Pesticide Regulation and the Precautionary Principle

This article is premised on three specific and interrelated notions that (a) the reduction of the use of pesticides will…

Foreign Aid Evaluation and International Financial Mobilization for Climate Change Adaptation

Promises of North-South financial transfers play a significant role in international climate negotiations. In particular, financial assistance to help developing…

The Emerging Accountability Regimes for the Sustainable Development Goals and Policy Integration: Friend or Foe?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the full Agenda 2030 in which they are embedded are aspirational and intended to…

The Global Environmental Politics of Food

This special issue seeks to expand our understanding of the complex interlinkages between the politics and governance of the global…

Forest Certification: the Challenge of Measuring Impacts

This article begins by situating forest certification within a broader set of forest governance institutions and innovations. It then examines…

Ecological Reflexivity: Characterising an Elusive Virtue for Governance in the Anthropocene

Reflexivity – the capacity of an agent, structure or process to change in the light of reflection on its performance…

The Mechanism to Facilitate Implementation and Promote Compliance with the Paris Agreement: Design Options

The Project for Advancing Climate Transparency (PACT) consortium supports the design and development of robust and effective transparency and accountability…

Research and Engagement Plan for the Water-Energy-Food Knowledge-Action Network

The Development Team of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network issued the Research and Engagement Plan in March 2018 to shape and guide…

Evaluating the Impacts of Global Environmental Assessments

There are currently no widely accepted procedures for comparing the performance of global environmental assessments (GEAs) and this may be a barrier…

Towards an Effective Mechanism to Facilitate Implementation and Promote Compliance under the Paris Agreement

The article explores key aspects of the modalities and procedures of the Committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance under…

Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?

Climate change governance is in a state of enormous flux. New and more dynamic forms of governing are appearing around…

Meeting Report: 2017 Early Career Researcher Workshop “Developing a Career in Earth System Governance: Opening Up Science”

Report from the early career researchers workshop “Developing a Career in Earth System Governance: Opening Up Science”, held prior to…

Cooperation, Competence and Coherence: The Role of Regional Oceans Governance in The South West Pacific for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

UNGA Resolution 69/292 requires that the development of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) for the conservation and sustainable use…

From “Spoiler” to “Bridging Nation”: The Reshaping of India’s Climate Diplomacy

India has been central to the international climate order since the beginning of the climate change negotiations in 1992, especially…

De facto governance: how authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance

Analyses of climate engineering (CE) governance have accelerated in the last decade. A key claim is that CE remains a…