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

09-12-2015 - 12-12-2015
Earth System Governance Summer School at the University of Canberra

Summer School to precede the 6th Annual Earth System Governance Conference, co-hosted by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

Canberra, Australia
14-12-2015 - 16-12-2015
2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance: ’Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’

This event is part of the annual conference series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The conference will be co-hosted by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

Canberra, Australia


Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Prof. Karin Bäckstrand, Lund University, Sweden
Carola Betzold, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Lund University, Sweden
Lau Blaxekjaer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Gregory Borne, Plymouth University, United Kingdom
Dr. Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo, Canada
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