The International Project Office is hosted by Lund University.
The Earth System Governance Project operates under the direction of a Steering Group that is appointed by Future Earth.
In 2009-2013, the Earth System Governance Project has operated under the direction of a Scientific Steering Committee that was appointed by the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). In this period, the Project has evolved into a broader research alliance that builds on an international network of research centres, lead faculty, and research fellows. Since the termination of the IHDP in 2014, the activities of the Earth System Governance research alliance are supported by an international steering group of representatives of the main Earth System Governance Research Centres and the global group of lead faculty and research fellows.