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We are delighted to invite you to the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. This year’s conference will take place in-person, with virtual access and presentations also available. The conference is organized by the Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges (RCSC) and will be part of the University’s celebrations of its 100-year anniversary.

Conference Dates

South South Dialogues

22nd October 2023

Early Career School

23rd October 2023

Main Conference

24-26th October 2023

Taskfoce and Meeting Day

27th October 2023

The 2023 Conference is hosted by Radboud University and Earth System Governance Project and stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance, from Amsterdam (2007 and 2009) to Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), Nairobi (2016), Lund (2017), Utrecht (2018), Oaxaca (2019), Virtual Forum (2020), Bratislava (2021), and Toronto (2022).

In addition to five analytical lenses of the earth system governance research agenda, the 2023 Radboud Conference will feature a programmatic focus on bridging sciences and societies for sustainability transformations – in other words inter- and transdisciplinarity. The conference organizers, therefore, particularly invite inter- and transdisciplinary research teams and researchers based in the global North and South, from different scientific disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as practitioners (e.g., policy makers, civil society, business actors, citizens groups) working on specific sustainability challenges related to e.g., water, energy, food, biodiversity, forests, climate change, oceans and pollution (see stream 6 below). We also invite proposals for innovative sessions joining scholars from different disciplines and/or scholars and practitioners. Together with panels featuring inter- and transdisciplinary research these innovative sessions can inform the further operationalization of inter- and transdisciplinarity in the context of the Earth System Governance 2018 Science Plan and Community. With this, the conference is designed to have an impact also beyond the event itself.

Key Deadlines

Notification of Acceptance and Registration Open

18th April 2023

Deadline for Conference Registration

1st July 2023

Deadline Submission for the Oran R. Young Prize

15 August 2023

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Co-Host Partners Announced for the 2023 Radboud Conference
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Co-Host Partners Announced for the 2023 Radboud Conference

The organizing team of the 2023 Radboud Conference: The Earth System Governance Project and Radboud Centre…

Call for Papers Webinar and Q&A
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Call for Papers Webinar and Q&A

On January the 16th, 2023, the organizing team of the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System…

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2023 Radboud Conference: Q&A Sessions with the International Project Office

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Lead Faculty Announcement!

Prof. @ingrid_visseren is Professor of Environmental Governance and Politics at Radboud University’s Nijmegen School of Management. Ingrid is Co-chair of this year’s Radboud Conference, alongside @BirkaWicke.

It was a great pleasure to interact with brilliant students @UUCopernicus & online participants!
Hope to continue discussing "whose agency matters to reform the current global governance system." Many thanks to @RakhyunKim and @ESG_Project. Plz join the next lectures!

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Look back at #ESG2022

The official opening session of the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance was hosted at the conference venue and streamed live to virtual attendees.

The keynote presentation was by Tzeporah Berman: “Oil Politics in a World on Fire.”

Earth System Governance International Project Office

If you have any questions about the 2023 Radboud 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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