Organised by the Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research, and connected with the Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance and the Understanding Risk Forum (London). The aim of the workshop is to jointly analyze and identify outstanding research questions on the coupling of Disaster Risk Governance and Earth System Governance. The workshop will be hosted near UCL, Gower Street and last from 9:00–17:00.

The workshop will reconstruct the history of regime coupling and discuss the methodological challenges involved in studying this, both generally and for the specific case of disaster risk and earth system governance. For instance, it seems that in this particular case, it is necessary to also study the role played by the scientific community, including the IPCC and those proposing the Special Report Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX), in creating linkages between disaster risk reduction and climate change. Who did it and how? What were their roles in the different governance regimes? A further specific methodological issue that will be addressed in analyzing the coupling between disaster risk governance and earth system governance (or climate-change governance) regimes is the way disasters can or cannot be attributed to climate change and how this problem of attribution can and has been tackled in practice.

Those interested in attending can contact Arthur Petersen.

Task Force on Methodology 

The Task Force on Methodology for Earth System Governance Research has been established in 2012 and is co-chaired by Arthur C. PetersenRonald B. Mitchell and Norichika Kanie. 

As the Earth System Governance Science Plan makes clear, there are quite a number of methodological challenges for earth system governance research, in terms of both social science methods and interdisciplinary methods at the interface of social and natural sciences. The Task Force on Methodology will seek to extend existing efforts to address these methodological challenges by promoting new international research collaborations, fostering interaction and dialogue among existing research projects, and developing architectures to promote the building and sharing of datasets that can advance quantitative earth system governance research. In order to be able to properly address the questions on interdisciplinary – and transdisciplinary – methods, the Task Force will also contribute to the further development of the Earth System Governance Crosscutting Theme of “Knowledge”.