Published on Jun 24, 2014

The Earth System Governance Research Alliance is delighted to announce that the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Institute for Environmental and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana have joined the Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres.

The Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres located in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe are major research hubs that support the implementation of the Earth System Governance Science Plan and act as focal points for earth system governance research in their geographical and thematic area. In addition, networks on earth system governance research exist in China, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

Research Centre Accra

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana was created in response to several drivers, enablers and outcomes identified as key to the nation’s development at the request of the government of Ghana. The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) employs interdisciplinary and participatory approaches to train future scientists, managers and decision makers who will contribute to the protection, management and development of the country natural resources. This is captured by the Institutes mission statement: “To meet the nation’s needs for broad-based education, training and research in the science, policy and management of environmental and sanitation processes in the wider African and global context”.

The Research Centre Accra is led by IESS director Prof. Chris Gordon who is also a member of the Earth System Governance Steering Group.

Research Centre Toronto

The Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto seeks to develop new ideas and policy tools to respond to the challenge of environmental governance at multiple scales. The Munk School is an interdisciplinary academic centre with various research and educational programs committed to the field of globalization and the Lab is a hub for research on environmental governance at University of Toronto. Research in the Lab focuses on political transformation needed for effective environmental responses. Conceptualizing pathways to decarbonization is a main concentration in addition to projects in the areas of experimentation, legitimacy, accountability, and coherence in global sustainability governance.  

The Research Centre Toronto is led by Environmental Governance Lab co-directors Prof. Steven Bernstein and Prof. Matthew Hoffmann, who both are members of the Earth System Governance Lead Faculty.