Welcome to the website of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance taking place on 21-23 October 2022 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.

The Earth System Governance Project is a longstanding global research alliance focused on the politics and governance of earth system transformations, 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 Toronto Conference will be organized around the five analytical lenses structuring the new earth system governance research agenda, as captured in the 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 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).

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for paper and full session abstracts: 15 February, 2022
  • Deadline for Innovative Sessions: 15 February, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance:  31 March,  2022
  • Full papers due: 15 September,  2022

We look forward to welcoming you in October 2022!