Welcome at the website of the Earth System Governance Project.

The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Our international research programme takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of our planet. The normative context of our research is sustainable development: We see earth system governance not only as a question of governance effectiveness, but also as a challenge for political legitimacy and social justice.

The Earth System Governance Project is open to all social and natural scientists who are engaged in research on the governance of coupled socio-ecological systems, at all levels. Our global network includes many of the most prominent scientists in the field, along with numerous PhD students and early-career researchers.

This website provides information about the project, the concept of earth system governance, and all our activities. We share updates on relevant events and publications, and present the network of Lead Faculty, Research Fellows, Research Centres, and Affiliated Projects.

News and Announcements

  • 12-01-2015
    We invite you to participate in the 2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance: "Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene", co-hosted by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Australian National University, 14-16 December 2015.
  • 22-10-2014
    The new Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance is focused on exploring key ideas that are coming to frame international discussion of the challenge of governance in times of global environmental change.
  • 23-09-2014
    Developed by UNU-IAS, the Post2015 Project, and the Earth System Governance Project, these policy briefs aim to provide the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development with insights on how to formulate and implement the SDGs.
  • 01-07-2014
    We congratulate Hamish van der Ven for winning the Oran R. Young Prize for his paper on The Correlates of Best Practice in Transnational Eco-Labeling as the best early-career paper of the 2014 Norwich Conference.