Published on May 26, 2015

Registration for the 2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance is now open! Click here to register.

‘Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’ is the overarching theme for the 2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance, co-hosted by the Australian National University and the University of Canberra. Resilience and the Anthropocene are increasingly prominent in contemporary narratives of global environmental change, with important implications for how we think about governance. Can democratic politics at the local, national and global level rise to the challenges that these concepts present? Are the types of governance they appear to promote desirable? What are the consequences of non-democratic politics or polities for resilience, and for transitions and transformations towards more sustainable futures? The Canberra Conference will be a lively forum for hundreds of scientists to examine, explore and challenge some of the core ideas underlying earth system governance.

Speakers and Program

We are delighted to announce that Professor Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan, and member of the Earth System Governance Lead Faculty) will deliver the opening plenary keynote speech at the conference. We have also confirmed a number of exciting semi-plenary speakers – see the conference website for more details.

We expect to have about 200 presentations of new research papers related to earth system governance and the conference theme of democracy and resilience in the Anthropocene by researchers from all over the world. A detailed program will be available in the next few months.

Further Information

Please visit the conference website for frequently updated information about the conference program, accommodation, logistics, financial support, visa, frequently asked questions, and other practical matters. Or follow the Earth System Governance Project on Facebook and Twitter (#ESG2015).

Summer School

We are pleased that the University of Canberra has offered to host a Summer School on Earth System Governance and provide generous support that enables us to offer registration in the School free of charge. The School will be held from Wednesday 9 December to Saturday 12 December. We have lined up an impressive list of guest lecturers. Limited places are available (registration is through the main conference registration page), for more information click here.

Tidbinbilla Field Excursion

We invite conference delegates to join us on Sunday 13 December for an excursion to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Tidbinbilla is home to a wide range of Australian animals including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, potoroos, wallaroos, possums, wombats, echidnas, emus, lyrebirds as well as many other birds and reptiles. See here for more information.