Earth system governance as a research object is quickly emerging, and as a consequence, the number of academic programmes on bachelor, master and doctoral level related to earth system governance steadily increases. The project also organizes, endorses and provides teaching to summer schools and capacity building events and programmes. Members of the Scientific Steering Committee and staff of the International Project Office also give guest lectures around the world. This page provides an overview of all teaching related activities and opportunities.

Summer Schools and Capacity Building Workshops

Thor Heyerdahl Summer Schools

A summer school series affiliated to the Earth System Governance Project – the Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance – is established at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The 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 Summer School “Environmental governance: Institutions for sustainable development”, 20 June-1 July 2011, Aas, Norway

2012 Summer School “Global Environmental Governance”, 25 June-6 July 2012, Aas, Norway

2014 Summer School "The Green Economy", 16-27 June 2014, Aas, Norway

Marie Curie Training Courses

The series of courses has been jointly organised by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Amsterdam, and the Freie Universität Berlin with other partners aimed at training and educating Ph.D. students and young researchers in the latest theoretical developments, empirical studies and practical implications in the field. By stimulating academic discussions and interpersonal exchanges, the training courses established a network of young researchers and developed a research agenda for the future.

2007 Marie Curie Training Course “Earth System Governance”,  May 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008 Marie Curie Training Course “Participation in Earth Systems Governance”, February 2008, Berlin, Germany

2009 Marie Curie Training Course “The Challenge of Adaptive Governance”, December 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2010 Marie Curie Training Course “Architectures for Earth System Governance: The Distributional Implications of Environmental Change and Governance”, October 2010, Berlin, Germany

APN CAPaBLE Capacity Building Workshops

2010 Capacity Building Workshop on “Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines”, 1 – 3 November 2010, Yokohama, Japan. Jointly organized by the Global Carbon Project, the Earth System Governance Project, and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) with financial support of the Asia-Pacific Network on Global Change Research.

2011 Capacity Building Workshop on “Climate Change Governance in the Asia-Pacific Region: Agency, and Adaptiveness”, 14 – 16 March 2012, Canberra, Australia. Organized by the Climate and Environmental Governance Network and the Earth System Governance Project. Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research and the College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU.

2013 Capacity Building Workshop on “Governing Critical Uncertainties: Climate Change and Decision-Making in Transboundary River Basins”, 21 – 23 January 2013,Chiang Mai, Thailand. Organized by the Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University and the Earth System Governance Project. Sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.

Central European University Summer Schools

2011 Summer School “Adaptation and Adaptive Governance of Ecosystems”, 27 June  - 9 July 2011, Budapest, Hungary. Organised by the Central European University in cooperation with the VU University Amsterdam, University of Klagenfurt, and the EC TEMPUS project "Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula".

2012 Summer School “Adaptive Thinking for Navigating the Anthropocene”, 25 June  - 6 July 2012, Budapest, Hungary. Co-organised with VU University Amsterdam, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and The Integrated Assessment Society, in co-operation with the EC Tempus project EnGo, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Earth System Governance Project.

SENSE Research Schools

2011 SENSE PhD Training School on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Earth System Governance. Co-organised and endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project

2012 SENSE Research School - The Challenge of Earth System Governance: Agency, Accountability and Adaptiveness. PhD Course at the SENSE Summer Academy 2012 hosted by ITC - University of Twente. Organized in collaboration with the SENSE Research School and endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project

University of Amsterdam IDS Lecture Series

The Annual Lecture Series of the International Development Studies Programme at the University of Amsterdam Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies highlights in 2013 the major themes in environmental and development policy. The spring 2013 lectures series was organized as an integral part of the Earth System Governance Project. The lectures are available online.   

UvA Lecture Series 2013 "Environment, Development & Evolving Multi-Level Governance", 5 February - 15 May 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Capacity Building Programmes

ReSET Programme "Governance of Global Environmental Change"

The Russian State Hydrometeorological University, the Central European University and the Earth System Governance Project are organizing a series of regional seminars on “Governance of Global Environmental Change: Towards a Multidisciplinary Discussion in Tertiary Environmental Education" to take place 2011‐2014 under the auspices of the Open Society Institute’s Higher Education Support program (RESET).

2011 Summer School, 3-16 August 2011, Pskov, Russia

2011 Autumn Meeting, 10-12 November 2011, Minsk, Belarus

2012 Spring Event, Nuclear Governance in a Changing world. Spring School and Chernobyl Visit, 21-27 April 2012, Kiev, Ukraine

2012 Summer School, 22 july - 4 August 2012, Lviv and Vorokhta, Ukraine

2012 Autumn Meeting, 24 September - 28 September 2012, Odessa, Ukraine

Programmes at the Earth System Governance Research Centres

Ecosystems, Resilience and Governance 
University of Stockholm and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science 
LUMES, International Master’s Programme, Lund University, Sweden

Environment and Resource Management 
MSc Programme, IVM Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Global Environmental Governance 
Specialization track in MSc Political Science, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability
LUCID, Research School, Lund University, Sweden

Sustainability Economics and Management 
MA Programme, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Environmental Governance related Programmes 
MA, MSc, and PhD Programmes, Colorado State University, United States of America

Environment and Development Programmes
MSc, MRes, and MBA Programmes, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom


Earth System Governance
BA Course at the University of Vermont, USA