Plenary Sessions

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 which takes place live at 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. 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.

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)

The Closing Plenary of the 2021 Bratislava Conference will aim to weave 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 will reflect 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 will also be revealed.

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

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).

Science-Policy Forum: On the road to Kunming: Towards a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Tuesday, 7 September 2021
18:15 – 19:45 CEST

Convener: The German Development Institute

Chair: Steffen Bauer, DIE, Germany, Head, Klimalog project and Focal Point of the ESG Research Center

Moderator: Ina Lehmann, DIE, Germany, Senior Researcher, Environmental Governance research programme

Most likely caused by a virus spillover from wildlife to humans, the COVID-19 pandemic epitomizes the disastrous consequences that the global biodiversity crisis can have for human health and livelihoods. Scientists have long been warning that disturbed ecosystems facilitate the spreading of viruses, that the risk of contagion grows with increasing human encroachment into wildlife habitats and that accelerating biodiversity loss makes outbreaks of zoonotic disease more likely. Never before has the need for strong global action to halt biodiversity loss been so obvious. This October, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are expected to adopt what is currently termed the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework at the CBD’s 15th Conference of the Parties in Kunming, China. What can we expect from this prospective framework? What is needed to ensure its just and effective implementation? And how can the ESG research community support this process? This panel will paint a comprehensive picture of the promises and pitfalls of the envisaged framework and its relevance for transformative change in biodiversity policy and practice. It assembles eminent experts on international biodiversity governance. While they represent different perspectives and approaches, they are united by their hands-on experience in feeding scientific insights into the world of policymaking and governance.

Opening Address
Jane Smart, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Global Director IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group and IUCN Global Species Programme

Panelists:
Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Professor of Global Environmental Law
Balakrishna Pisupati, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
Head of Biodiversity, Land and Governance Programme
Christine von Weizsäcker, European Network for Ecological Reflection and Action (ECOROPA)
President, ECOROPA