The more regulatory competence and authority is conferred upon larger institutions and systems of governance—especially at the global level—the more we will be confronted with questions of how to ensure the accountability and legitimacy of governance. Simply put, we are faced with the need to understand the democratic quality of earth system governance. What are the sources of accountability and legitimacy in earth system governance? What are the effects of different forms and degrees of accountability and legitimacy for the performance of governance systems? How can mechanisms of transparency ensure accountable and legitimate earth system governance? What institutional designs can produce the accountability and legitimacy of earth system governance in a way that guarantees balances of interests and perspectives?

Upcoming Events

07-12-2016 - 09-12-2016
2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance: “Confronting Complexity and Inequality"

The Nairobi Conference has been designed to provide a lively forum to hundreds of scholars for joint discussions, the exchange of new insights, and the examination of the core ideas that underlie earth system governance and global sustainability.

Nairobi, Kenya


Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Prof. Karin Bäckstrand, Stockholm University, Sweden
Dona Barirani, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Carola Betzold, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Lau Blaxekjaer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gregory Borne, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Dr. Tim Cadman, Griffith University, Australia
Prof. Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo; and CIGI Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
Dr. Maria Noelyn Dano, Australian National University, Australia