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ESG Forum Co-Hosts

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) has become one of the world’s leading research institutes in development policy and global development. IDOS builds bridges between theory and practice through work based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. Research at IDOS is theory-based, empirically-driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the advisory activities of the Institute. IDOS develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers to current policy issues. The training programmes of the Institute for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into research and advisory processes.

Queen’s University, located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is renowned for its cutting-edge research and academic excellence. Queen’s University stands out for its significant contributions to the field of earth system governance, in 2024 earning its fourth consecutive top 10 finish in the worldwide assessment of progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Scholars at Queen’s are at the forefront of exploring sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and environmental justice, aiming to influence global environmental policies and practices. Their work involves collaboration with international organizations, governments, and communities to develop innovative solutions for a resilient and sustainable future. By integrating social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, Queen’s University is making a profound impact on the global discourse around earth system governance.

The Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney is a globally recognized leader in environmental research and policy development. Central to its mission is advancing the field of earth system governance, where SEI scholars explore the intricate governance mechanisms needed to address critical environmental challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. SEI plays a pivotal role in shaping global environmental policies through interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches. Focusing on multidisciplinary problem solving, the institute’s central research themes include biocultural diversities, climate disaster and adaptation, environmental imaginaries and storytelling, environmental issues, and transitioning systems. SEI’s work emphasizes collaboration across academic disciplines, governments, and civil society, fostering a holistic understanding of environmental governance and striving for impactful, sustainable solutions. 

Utrecht University, one of the Netherlands’ leading research institutions, is internationally acclaimed for its pioneering work in earth system governance. As the current host of the Earth System Governance International Project Office, Utrecht University plays a central role in advancing global research on the governance of environmental change. Utrecht University scholars are dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach that combines insights from the natural and social sciences to develop innovative governance strategies that can effectively respond to global environmental challenges. Through its long-term affiliation with the Earth System Governance Project, Utrecht University fosters a collaborative international research community, influencing policy and practice worldwide.

The University of Bath is an esteemed institution known for its outstanding research and academic programs. Within its diverse research portfolio, the university is particularly distinguished for its longstanding contributions to earth system governance. Researchers at the University of Bath delve into the complex interplay between human activities and earth systems, aiming to develop effective governance strategies for addressing global environmental challenges. The university’s long-term affiliation with and support for the Earth System Governance Project underscores its commitment to advancing innovative research in this critical field. By engaging in interdisciplinary research and fostering collaborations with international organizations, policymakers, and communities, the University of Bath is driving forward innovative solutions and influencing global environmental policy.

Future Earth is a dynamic global network dedicated to advancing research that supports transformative change towards global sustainability. Its mission is to foster collaborations among researchers and scholars from diverse societal and academic sectors, encompassing the natural, social, and human sciences. Among its 27 Global Research Networks, the Earth System Governance Project stands out for its pivotal role in exploring and shaping the governance structures needed to address pressing environmental challenges. This long-term affiliation underscores Future Earth’s commitment to interdisciplinary research and innovative governance solutions. By convening experts from around the world, Future Earth and the Earth System Governance Project work together to influence policies, foster sustainable development, and create resilient systems that can effectively respond to global environmental change. Their collaborative efforts are crucial in driving forward the knowledge and strategies necessary for a sustainable future.

2024 ESG Forum Committee

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