Understanding effective earth system governance requires understanding the agents that drive earth system governance and that need to be involved. The research gap is here especially the influence, roles and responsibilities of actors apart from national governments, such as business and non-profit organizations, the ways in which authority is granted to these agents, and how it is exercised. Core questions advanced in this Science Plan are: What is agency? Who are the agents of earth system governance (especially beyond the nation state)? How do different agents exercise agency in earth system governance, and how can we evaluate their relevance?

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


Author(s) Titlesort icon Year
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
Mert, Ayşem. Environmental Governance through Partnerships. A Discourse Theoretical Study. Edward Elgar Publishing. 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
Pickering, Jonathan., Jakob Skovgaard, Soyeun Kim, J. Timmons Roberts, David Rossati, Martin Stadelmann, and Hendrikje Reich. Acting on Climate Finance Pledges: Inter-Agency Dynamics and Relationships with Aid in Contributor States. World Development, 68: 149-162. 2015
Biermann, Frank. Governance in the Anthropocene: Towards Planetary Stewardship”. Presentation by Frank Biermann at the 4th Interactive Dialogue of the United Nations General Assembly on Harmony with Nature. New York, 22 April 2014. 2014


Dr. Carolina Adler (née Roman), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland
Dr. Karen Anderton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Prof. Steinar Andresen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Dr. Evangelia Apostolopoulou, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ravi Baghel, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Harry Barnes-Dabban, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Dr. Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Marta Berbés-Blázquez, York University, Canada
Prof. Michele M. Betsill, Colorado State University, United States of America
Carola Betzold, University of Gothenburg, Sweden