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Hosts and Team

Hosts and Team

Conference Chairs



  • Matthew Hoffmann, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto

Host Institutions

University of Toronto

The Environmental Governance Lab is a research hub that focuses on the development of new ideas and tools to respond to the challenge of environmental governance at multiple scales. It is a home for research partnerships, a node in global research networks on environmental governance and transformative policy, and a platform for knowledge exchange with practitioners, policy makers, and the public. The EGL is also a Research Centre of Earth System Governance — a global research alliance that is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.

The Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto is a leader in interdisciplinary research, teaching and global engagement. Established in 2010 through a landmark gift by Peter and Melanie Munk, the School is home to academic centres, research labs and teaching programs, including the Asian Institute; the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; the Centre for the Study of Global Japan; the Centre for the Study of the United States; the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice and the Citizen Lab.

University of Waterloo

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is the focal point for climate change research, training, and knowledge mobilization at the University of Waterloo. IC3 is a hub with over 110 researchers from all six University faculties, hundreds of students, and scientists from partner institutions and government agencies, including Wilfrid Laurier University, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, and Natural Resources Canada.

In 1957, the University of Waterloo opened its doors to 74 engineering students with co-operative education as its cornerstone. Today, with more than 42,000+ students attending annually, Waterloo is #1 in Canada for experiential learning and employer-student connections.  Waterloo attracts world-class scholars including a Nobel Laureate, leads in providing work-integrated learning opportunities with 7,100+ active co-op employers and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that’s created 5,000+ jobs through Velocity alone, Canada’s most productive startup incubator by private investment.

The Earth System Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project brings together hundreds of scholars to mobilise research at the interface between global environmental change and governance across local and global scales.



Utrecht University: The Earth System Governance International Project Office is supported by Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development’

TRANSFORM Project is a global network of researchers committed to building SMEs’ capacity to accelerate the transition to sustainable and resilient communities.

Sciences Po, France – The Earth Politics Institute and L’atelier interdisciplinaire de recherches sur l’environnement (AIRE)

Universidad Autónoma de México

The University of Sussex

Transition Accelerator

Conference Management

  • Peter Aitken, Conference Manager
  • Lisa Bettoni, Network Coordinator, International Project Office
  • Jane Butler, Science and Communication Officer, International Project Office

Programme and Administrative Team

Jenna Phillips (she/her) is a passionate systems thinker and climate communicator. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and is a Masters of Global Governance candidate at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Jenna supports the logistics of ESG, coordinating panels and events.

Devon Jones is a Master’s of Environmental Studies student at the University of Waterloo, researching nature-based coastal climate adaptation on Canada’s west coast. She is delighted to be working on program coordination and Early Career Researcher programming for the ESG conference in her hometown of Toronto.

Guanta-namera Nous recently graduated from the Earth System Governance masters programme at Utrecht University. She will assist with programme development and taskforce activities at the 2022 conference, as well as presenting her own paper “Carbon colonialism: How forest-related carbon removal projects in the Global South reproduce colonial power structures”

Programme Committee

  • Matthew Hoffmann, University of Toronto
  • Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Burch, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Louis Kotzé, North-West University, South Africa
  • Aarti Gupta, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Atsushi Ishii, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Agni Kalfagianni, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Canada
  • Chukwumerije Okereke, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria
  • James Patterson, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Jonathan Pickering, University of Canberra, Australia
  • D.G. Webster, Dartmouth University, United States of America

2021 opening plenary of #ESG2021

Karen O’Brien at the 2021 Conference for Earth System Governance. 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.

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.


Utrecht University
Faculty of Geosciences
Princetonlaan 8a
3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands