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2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance

We are delighted to invite you to the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Next year's conference will take place in-person, with virtual access and presentations…

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taskforces and working groups

Through these groups, we engage substantively with key issues of global environmental change confronting contemporary societies.

Asia-Pacific Working Group

The Asia-Pacific Working Group has an independent website that will be regularly updated by its members. You can view this…

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Working Group on Democracy

This group gathers researchers from various disciplines who are interested in questions of democracy, power and legitimacy, and how these…

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Working Group on Economic Downturn and Climate Action

Climate action by state and non-state actors has become increasingly urgent, if the world is to limit long-term global warming…

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Working Group on Environment, Representation and Rights.
ESGRREW was created in 2016, opening an inclusive and ethical space where different perspectives can join forces to shape a common understanding of our world in law and policy
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Taskforce on Anticipatory Governance

This taskforce seeks to foster a generation of researchers and practitioners with anticipatory expertise and experience around anticipatory governance that…

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Taskforce on Knowledge Cumulation

The Earth System Governance ‘Taskforce on Knowledge Cumulation’ seeks to bring together scholars that share a common interest in making…

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Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Earth System Governance ‘Taskforce on the Sustainable Development Goals’ brings together an interdisciplinary global group of scholars and practitioners…

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Taskforce on Climate Governance
Climate governance must better reflect characteristics of sectoral systems.
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Call for papers: Exploring ‘Planetary Health’ in the Context of Earth System Governance

This call for papers seeks contributions exploring the relevance of the 'Planetary Health' concept within the…

Can the new global biodiversity agenda avoid another implementation failure? The new Montreal Kunming GBF raises more questions than answers

Yves Zinngrebe, Ioannis Agapakis, Elsa Tsioumani, Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Joanna Smallwood, Johannes Förster, Ulrike Tröger, Ina Lehmann,…

South-South Initiative: Call for Interest

We would like to inform you of the recently initiated South-South Initiative of the Earth System Governance…

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When did you join the ESG Network, and what motivated you to get involved? 

I joined the network after participating in the Winter School and the ESG Conference in Utrecht in 2018. Apart from the excellent lectures and conversations with senior scholars, what really caught my attention was the opportunity to connect with early-career colleagues from different parts of the world who shared similar interests. At that time, I was a PhD candidate, and the exchanges and interactions I experienced during those events motivated me to join the Network.
Being part of the Network has allowed me to engage in interdisciplinary discussions and collaborate with researchers from diverse cultural backgrounds, which has been so valuable. One of the reasons that keeps me motivated to stay in the network is its openness to criticism, change, and activism. Given the socio-environmental challenges we face, it is essential to be receptive to learning, listening, and acting to transformation, considering different knowledge and experiences. The Network embodies this openness, in my opinion.

You play a leading role in the South-South Initiative. What are your thoughts on the work so far? 

Participating in the South-South Initiative has been an enriching experience. The very concept of discussing what should be addressed in a group that places the “South” at its core is intriguing, given the diverse backgrounds and research interests of its members. One of the interesting challenges we face involves language and time differences: how do we organize ourselves without assuming a single language and time zone as the standard? This reflects both the richness and difficulties of the SSI, showcasing its plurality and diversity. As a scholar from/in the Global South, I am interested in discussing how can we promote/foster/engage with transformation, and what is the role of Global South in it. Beyond case studies, we have very inspiring experiences of resistance of diverse forms of living, which could inspire us, and I hope we (scholars from the global South and North) can discuss that in the South-South Dialogue that will occur in October.