Allocation and Access

Earth system governance is, as is any political activity, about the distribution of material and immaterial values. It is, in essence, a conflict about the access to goods and about their allocation—it is about justice, fairness, and equity. The novel character of earth system transformation and of the new governance solutions that are being developed, puts questions of allocation and access, debated for millennia, in a new light. It might require new answers to old questions. But how can we reach interdisciplinary conceptualizations and definitions of allocation and access? What (overarching) principles underlie allocation and access? How can allocation be reconciled with governance effectiveness?

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) Title Year
Coolsaet, Brendan. Comparing Access and Benefit-sharing in Europe. In Implementing the Nagoya Protocol: Comparing Access and Benefit-sharing Regimes in Europe eds. Brendan Coolsaet, Fulya Batur, Arianna Broggiato, John Pitseys, and Tom Dedeurwaerdere, 363-86. Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 2015
Coolsaet, Brendan., John Pitseys. Fair and Equitable Negotiations? African Influence and the International Access and Benefit-Sharing Regime. Global Environmental Politics, 15(2): 38-56. 2015
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
Biermann, Frank. Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2014


Dr. Achala Chandani Abeysinghe, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom
Emily Anderson, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Dr. Evangelia Apostolopoulou, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Aliyu Salisu Barau, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Dr. Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Dr. David Benson, Exeter University, United Kingdom
Marta Berbés-Blázquez, York University, Canada
Dr. Anna-Karin Bergman, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands