Earth system governance must respond to the inherent uncertainties in human and natural systems. It must combine stability to ensure long-term governance solutions with flexibility to react quickly to new findings and developments. In other words, we must understand and further develop the adaptiveness of earth system governance. But what are the politics of adaptiveness? Which governance processes foster it? What attributes of governance systems enhance capacities to adapt? How, when and why does adaptiveness influence earth system governance?

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


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Habtezion, Senay., Ibidun Adelekan, Emmanuel Aiyede, Frank Biermann, Margaret Fubara, Christopher Gordon, Kwabena Gyekye, Emmanuel Kasimbazi, Robert Kibugi, Elaine Lawson, Adelina Mensah, Chipo Mubaya, Felix Olorunfemi, Alexander Paterson, Debay Tadesse, Raheem Usman, and Ruben Zondervan. Earth System Governance in Africa: knowledge and capacity needs. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14: 198–205. 2015
Patterson, James., Karsten Schulz, Joost Vervoort, Carolina Adler, Margot Hurlbert, Sandra van der Hel, Andreas Schmidt, Aliyu Barau, Pedi Obani, Mahendra Sethi, Nina Hissen, Mark Tebboth, Karen Anderton, Susanne Börner, and Oscar Widerberg. ‘Transformations towards sustainability’. Emerging approaches, critical reflections, and a research agenda. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.34: 2015
Schulz, Karsten., Rapti Siriwardane. Depoliticised and technocratic? Normativity and the politics of transformative adaptation. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.33: 2015
Biermann, Frank. Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2014
Jordan, Andrew., Dave Huitema (editors). Special Issue: Innovations in Climate Policy: The Politics of Invention, Diffusion and Evaluation. Environmental Politics, 23(5): 715-925. 2014


Dr. Claire Dupont, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Dr. Elizabeth Edmondson, Federation University, Australia
Dr. Pedro Fidelman, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Prof. Carl Folke, Stockholm University, and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Dr. Victor Galaz, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Geoff Garver, McGill University, Canada
Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger, Campinas State University - UNICAMP, Brazil
Prof. Andrea K. Gerlak, University of Arizona, United States of America
Prof. Roberto P. Guimarães, , Brazil
Debbie Hopkins , University of Otago, New Zealand