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Welcome to the website of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance taking place on 21-24 October in Toronto, Canada. The conference is hosted by the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo together with the Earth System Governance Project. This year’s conference theme is:

Governing accelerated transitions: justice, creativity, and power in a transforming world.

Important Dates:

  • Notification of Acceptance and opening of Registration:  14 April 2022
  • Submission Deadline for the Oran R. Young Prize: 15 August 2022
  • Final Registration Deadline for Presenting Authors: 1 September 2022
  • Full papers due: 1 October 2022

Key Programme Dates

  • 20 & 21 October: Virtual Parallel Panels and Innovative Sessions. Onsite Early Career Events: Living Library and Breakfast.
  • 21–23 October: Main Conference Plenaries and Semi-Plenaries. On-site Parallel Panels and Innovative Sessions. Social Programme for On-site attendees.
  • 24th October: Taskforce Meeting Day.

The 2022 Toronto Conference will be organized around the five analytical lenses structuring the new earth system governance research agenda, as captured in the Earth System Governance 2018 Science and Implementation Plan; and a sixth stream focusing on specific issues and challenges that emerge as efforts are made to accelerate the social, political, and technological shift towards more fundamentally sustainable and inclusive social-ecological systems, societies and polities.

The Earth System Governance Project is a longstanding global research alliance that seeks to mobilise research at the interface of global environmental change and governance, across local to global scales. The project brings together a highly interdisciplinary research community spanning disciplines such as international relations, political science, human geography, urban studies, development studies, and sustainability science, among others.

The 2022 Conference stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance, from Amsterdam (2007 and 2009) to Colorado (2011), Lund (2012 and 2017), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), Nairobi (2016), Utrecht (2018), Mexico (2019) and Bratislava (2021).

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in October 2022!

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Preliminary Book of Abstracts Released

The Preliminary Book of Abstracts is now available to read online. This version comes in advance…

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Extended Deadline for Papers and Panels

We wish to inform you of an extended submission deadline for the 2022 Toronto Conference on…

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Registration is now available for the 2022 Toronto Conference
Please find updated information about registration, the venue and programme throughout the website!

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The official opening session of the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance was hosted at the conference venue and streamed live to virtual attendees and featured Professor Karen O’Brien..

Introduction by the 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)

Earth System Governance International Project Office

If you have any questions about the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance, you can reach out to our international project office. We will get back to you regarding your questions within a few working days.


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