Opening Plenary

Tuesday, 7 September 2021
12:30 – 14:00 CEST

The official opening session of the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance will be hosted at the conference venue and streamed live to virtual attendees. The Opening Plenary will start with a formal welcome by the Conference Chair Tatiana Kluvánková and an overview of the Earth System Governance Project. The centerpiece of the session will be a keynote address by Professor Karen O’Brien live from the conference venue. Karen will be speaking on the topic of ‘Governing Transformations to Sustainability: It’s about Relationships’. At the plenary, the winner of the 2020/2021 Oran Young Prize for the best paper presented at the conference authored by early-career scholars will also be announced.

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

Keynote speaker: Professor Karen O’Brien (University of Oslo)

Introduction to the Earth System Governance Project: Dr James Patterson (Utrecht University)

Session chair: Dr Jonathan Pickering (University of Canberra)

Karen O’Brien is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is also co-founder of cCHANGE, a company that supports transformation in a changing climate. Karen’s research emphasizes the social and human dimensions of climate change and implications for human security. Her current research focuses on the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability, with an emphasis on the role of creativity, collaboration, empowerment, and narratives. She is particularly interested in the role of beliefs, values, worldviews, and paradigms in generating conscious social change, and this includes an exploration of the potential for “quantum social change.” In 2019 she received a Research Excellence Award from the AAG Human Dimensions Specialty Group. In 2021 she was co-recipient of the BBVA Foundations Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Climate Change. Karen was named by Web of Science as one of the world’s most influential researchers of the past decade in 2019 and 2020.

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: www.cetip-network.eu

Dr. James Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Institutional Dynamics in Sustainability at Utrecht University and a member of the Earth System Governance Project’s Scientific Steering Committee . He has a broad cross-disciplinary perspective spanning political science, environmental studies, and institutional analysis. His main research line focuses on institutions and their dynamics: How and why institutions change, and with what effects on governance systems and society? This work examines the institutional dynamics of climate change adaptation and decarbonization.

Dr. Jonathan Pickering is an Assistant Professor in the Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society at the University of Canberra, where he teaches international relations. His research has been published in a range of journals including Climate Policy, Environmental Politics and Global Environmental Politics, and he has co-authored with John Dryzek a book on The Politics of the Anthropocene (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is a member of the Earth System Governance Project’s Scientific Steering Committee and has served as the conference liaison for the 2019 and 2021 conferences on earth system governance.

Jasper Montana is a Research Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on understanding the goals, values and norms that underpin governance arrangements for biodiversity at and across different levels of decision making, with a particular interest in how they shape the relationship between knowledge and action. His current project is funded by an Early Career Fellowship of the Leverhulme Trust and focuses on the governance arrangements for biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories.