Affiliated Projects

Accountability in Global Environmental Governance network (AGEG)

The Accountability in Global Environmental Governance network (AGEG) explores approaches to accountability, to assess the necessity and potential for greater accountability in the system of global environmental governance that has been riddled by fragmentation and duplication of efforts, dispersed political authority and weak regulatory influence.

Arctic Governance Project

The project draws on traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge and is collecting a variety of perspectives and proposals on science-based Arctic governance solutions in its Compendium.

2010 - 2011
COMPON - Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks

Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (Compon) is an international research project on the factors that determine the capacity and success of nations in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and thereby helping to mitigate global climate change.

COST Action - The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risks and Opportunities

Governance for sustainability is one of the great current challenges for political decision-makers. This COST-Action is designed to address this situation as it focuses on the causes and consequences of the transformation of global environmental governance as well as on its effectiveness, legitimacy and robustness.

2008 - 2012
Environmental Governance in the Intermountain West

This initiative focuses on environmental governance issues in the areas of water and forests in the Intermountain West (IMW) region of the US (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho), using the Earth System Governance research framework.

2012 - 2013
Future Earth Cluster "Extreme Events and Environments from Climate to Society" (E3S)

A Future Earth Fast Cluster Activity "Extreme Events and Environments from Climate to Society" (E3S)”, led by iLEAPS, in collaboration with a number of other global change research project including the Earth System Governance Project aiming at identifying, bringing together and mobilizing the GEC communities which together address a wide perspective on climate extremes, improved adaptation techniques, and governance strategies.

2014 - 2016
Future Earth FTI "Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene"

A Future Earth Fast Track Initiative project called "Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene", co-led by ecoSERVICES and PECS, in collaboration with a number of other global change research project including the Earth System Governance Project, aiming at identifying where elements of a Good Anthropocene currently exist, and understanding how and why they occur, and how to create new, positive futures for the Earth and humanity.

2014 - 2016
Global Governance Project

The Global Governance Project ( is a joint research programme of twelve European research institutions that seeks to advance understanding of the new actors, institutions and mechanisms of global governance.

Globalisation Informed by Sustainable Development (GLOBIS)

GLOBIS is an international research consortium born for elaborating a theoretical foundation for reconciling globalisation, development and sustainable development. 

2009 - 2012
GoverNat: Multi-level Governance of Natural Resources

GoverNat is a Marie Curie Research Training Network for research and training in all aspects of multi-level environmental governance.

2006 - 2010
Improving Climate Change Governance: Actors, Agency and Lessons

This project looks at configurations of political actor groups in the performance of international environmental governance components and will derive some best governance practices which can be applied to the climate change negotiations.

International Environmental Architecture Research Group

This project will identify perspectives on international environmental governance and clarify the degree of scientific consensus or differences in perspectives. By summarizing this research about agency and architecture, the project aims at indicating key points for the creation of an effective architecture and how these findings can be reflected in the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

2011 - 2012
LUCID - Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability

LUCID aims at creating completely new and unique synergies across natural and social sciences in order to develop new integrated theories and methods for addressing complex sustainability issues.

2008 - 2018
Non-State Actors in the New Landscape of International Climate Cooperation

This research programme of Linköping University, Lund University, and the University of East Anglia consists of two interlinked projects, which focus on the role of non-state actors in multilateral climate diplomacy as well as non-state climate governance in the transnational arena.  

2012 - 2014
Normative Foundation for Ecological Economics

This affiliated project aims to develop a normative foundation for ecological economics within the constraints of the Earth’s biophysical systems. A major goal of this project is to trace the consequences of this work for governance.

2009 - 2012
Norms of Global Governance Initiative (NGGI)

NGGI aims at identifying normative discourses that are fundamental to global environmental governance, to map areas of consensus and disagreement, and to contribute to progressive development of global environmental norms.

2011 - 2013
Novel Multi-sector Networks and Entrepreneurship (NMNE)

The Novel Multi-sector Networks and Entrepreneurship (NMNE) project theorizes small businesses as agents of change in the multi-level governance of climate change, and cities as niche spaces in which sustainable development paths might be explored.

REFGOV - Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest

REFGOV focuses on emerging institutional mechanisms which seek to answer the question of market failures by means other than command-and-control regulation imposed in the name of the public interest. It seeks to identify these new mechanisms, to evaluate them and to make institutional proposals for an improved form of governance.

ReSET Programme "Governance of Global Environmental Change"

Joint 3-year capacity building activity by the Russian State Hydrometeorological University, the Central European University and the Earth System Governance Project, supported by the Open Society Institute’s Higher Education Support program (RESET).

2011 - 2014
Strengthening the Capacity for Policy Research on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture and Water Sectors

The project aims to strengthen research capacity on mainstreaming climate change adaptation concerns into agricultural and water policies and create a network for adaptation policy research in Asia (ARPNAP: Adaptation Research and Policy Network for Asia and the Pacific)

2009 - 2012
Thor Heyerdahl Summer School Series in Environmental Governance

The summer school series aims at giving PhDs and young researchers the opportunity to develop high level skills in analyzing environmental governance issues. It offers the opportunity to critically reflect on the present status of both theory and practice in the field, and to discuss alternatives to present developments and solutions.

2011 - 2014