The analytical problem of the architecture of earth system governance includes questions relating to the emergence, design and effectiveness of governance systems as well as the overall integration of global, regional, national and local governance. Core questions include: how is performance of environmental institutions affected by their embedding in larger architectures? What are the environmental consequences of non-environmental governance systems? What is the relative performance of different types of multilevel governance architectures? How can we explain instances of ‘nongovernance’? What are overarching and crosscutting norms of 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
16-06-2016 - 17-06-2016
Joint Lund University and Stockholm Environment Institute Workshop: ”The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform”

Organized by Lund University and the Stockholm Environment Institute, funded by the project “International Economic Institutions and Domestic Actors in the Climate Regime Complex” and the SEI Initiative on Fossil Fuels and Climate Change. Endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project.

Stockholm, Sweden


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Betsill, Michele., Navroz K. Dubash, Matthew Paterson, Harro van Asselt, Antto Vihma, and Harald Winkler . Building Productive Links between the UNFCCC and the Broader Global Climate Governance Landscape. Global Environmental Politics, 15 (2): 1-10. 2015
Church, Jon Marco. Gouvernance Environnementale Régionale. François Gemenne (ed.). L’Enjeu Mondial, L’Environnement136-137. Paris: Presses de Sciences Po. 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
Kemp, Luke. Bypassing the ‘ratification straitjacket’: reviewing US legal participation in a climate agreement. Climate Policy online first. 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


Emily Anderson, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Paul Anderson, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Dr. Karen Anderton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Prof. Steinar Andresen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
J. Michael Angstadt, Colorado State University, United States of America
Frederick Ato Armah, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Dr. Derek Armitage, University of Waterloo, Canada
Aliyu Salisu Barau, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
Fabiana Barbi, University of Campinas, Brazil
Harry Barnes-Dabban, Wageningen University, Netherlands