Closing Plenary

Thursday, 9 September 2021
14:15 – 15:15 CEST

Session chair: Professor Tatiana Kluvánková (SlovakGlobe at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and the Slovak University of Technology, and CETIP – Earth System Governance Research Centre)


Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut

Susan Park, University of Sydney

Stanislava Brnkalakova, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava

The Closing Plenary of the 2021 Bratislava Conference weaved together the diverse strands of discussion that have occurred during the three-day conference, featuring an address from the Conference Chair Tatiana Kluvánková and also a panel discussion of experts in the field, who reflected on key themes from the conference and look ahead to new research horizons for the Earth System Governance network. At the end of the plenary, the location for the 2022 Earth System Governance Conference was revealed to be Toronto, Canada.

Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková. Ecological institutional and behavioural economist concentrating on trans-disciplinary collaboration between natural and social sciences.  She has been Principal investigator of more than 10 EU FM projects, Chair of SLOVAKGLOBe, Lead Faculty member of the Earth System Governance Project and Bratislava ESG Research Centre and member of the board of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). She is the Chair for the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance.

Prakash Kashwan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of Democracy in the Woods: Environmental Conservation and Social Justice in India, Tanzania, and Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2017), Editor of Climate Justice in India (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming), Co-Editor of the journal Environmental Politics, and the Co-founder of Climate Justice Network.

Susan Park is Professor of Global Governance in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She focuses on how international organisations and global governance can become greener and more accountable. Her most recent books are: Environmental Recourse at the Multilateral Development Banks (2020); Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap (2019, with Teresa Kramarz). She is an Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics and is Co-Convenor with Dr Kramarz (University of Toronto) of the Earth Systems Governance (ESG) Task Force ‘Accountability in Global Environmental Governance.’ She is currently a Senior Hans Fischer Fellow at the Technical University of Munich (2019-2022).

Stanislava Brnkalakova is a researcher in the Department of Strategic Environmental Analysis at the Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. She also takes part in research in CETIP Network and gives lectures in the field of environmental and landscape planning at the Institute of Management, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. As a young researcher, she has experience with several international project participation focusing mostly on social innovations in marginalized rural areas and adaptive management of forest ecosystem services. She is a member of international communities such as the International Association for Study of Commons, International Society for Ecological Economics, Future Earth as well as the Earth System Governance Project.