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ESG Research Fellow Trip Europe

Netherlands, Germany, Sweden
Event start: 20170328
End date: 20170404

Event description

ESG Research Trip Europe – report for download here.


ESG Research Fellow Trip Europe – Local ESG Meetings at Utrecht University, the German Development Institute (DIE), Potsdam University and Lund University

  • 28-29 March, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 30 March, German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn, Germany
  • 31 March, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany
  • 3-4 April, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Early career researchers and students are welcome to participate in the following local Earth System Governance meetings during the ESG Research Fellow Trip Europe:

(please check back for updates closer to the event):

Utrecht University
Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 March 2017
Utrecht, The Netherlands
RSVP to Sandra van der Hel (s.c.vanderhel[at]

On Tuesday March 28 and Wednesday March 29 we are in Utrecht, and we would like to invite you to attend our program on these two days. You are most welcome to join us and connect with other ESG researchers. On Tuesday March 28 we will start with an introduction to the Environmental Governance Group and some activities to get to know each other, after which we will head to the province of Flevoland, to visit one of the most interesting nature reserves of the Netherlands: the Oostvaardersplassen. We take this excursion as an opportunity to discuss topics such as nature conservation and ‘rewilding’ from an ESG perspective. On Wednesday March 29, we organize an interactive workshop, during which we will immerse ourselves into three key themes of the Environmental Governance Group: Planetary futures, planetary integrity and planetary justice. After an introductory talk on these themes, we will develop scenarios about the future of planetary integrity and justice.

Tuesday 28 March
09:00 – 9:45  

Welcome and introduction by Prof. Frank Biermann and Prof. Peter Driessen


Utrecht University, Willem C. van Unnik building (Heidelberglaan 2), Room 9.16


10:00 – 10:45 E(S)G speed date
11:00 – 11:45  

Presentations by two visiting researchers:

  • “Enhancing compliance through cooperation opportunities between compliance networks and multilateral environmental agreements”
    Zerrin Savasan, Selçuk University, Turkey
  • “New kid on the mitigation block: coastal carbon – Mapping the emergence of an issue field”
    Jennifer Bansard, University of Potsdam, Germany
12:00 – 17:00  

Excursion Oostvaardersplassen:

Guided walk in Oostvaardersveld (2 hours). Short talks and discussions about conservation governance, ideas of nature, rewilding, etc.

* Bring comfortable shoes and clothing

Transport by bus to/from Utrecht


Take-away lunch will be provided

17:30 – 21:00 Dinner in Utrecht Restaurant Blauw, Springweg 64, 3511 VT Utrecht
Wednesday 29 March
9:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Planetary Justice, Planetary Integrity and Planetary Futures

In this workshop we will immerse ourselves into three key themes of the Environmental Governance Group: Planetary futures, planetary integrity and planetary justice. After an introductory talk on these themes, we will develop scenarios about the future of planetary integrity and justice.

By Agni Kalfagianni, Joost Vervoort and Rakhyun Kim

Willem C. van Unnik building (Heidelberglaan 2), Room 10.15


About the Copernicus Institute
The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is a world-leading research centre for sustainability research and teaching, based at the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The Institute hosts numerous fellows, senior fellows and lead faculty members of the Earth System Governance Project. At the Copernicus Institute, most research on earth system governance is carried out by the Environmental Governance group. However, given the interdisciplinary character of most research at the Institute, the Environmental Governance team maintains close links to all other groups and individuals in the Institute.


German Development Institute
Thursday 30 March 2017
Bonn, Germany
RSVP to Sandra van der Hel (s.c.vanderhel[at]

Preliminary programme
The need to explore interconnections between sustainable development and climate change has become increasingly urgent as governments and other actors are moving towards implementing both the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As the newest ESG Research Center, DIE will bring the climate and development nexus into focus; highlighting e.g. the need for broad-based and inclusive climate action; and the need for equitable and just policy outcomes.

Thursday 30 March 2017
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome & Introduction to DIE and Klimalog Project Clara Brandi
09:30 – 10:00 Participant presentation I Tbc
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 Exploring national climate commitments Pieter Pauw
11:00 – 11:30 Participant presentation II Tbc
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 – 13:30 Galvanizing the Groundswell of Non-state and Subnational Climate Actions Sander Chan

About the German Development Institute
The German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) was founded in 1964, as a non-profit-making limited liability company to provide post-graduate training to qualify professionals in development cooperation. DIE has become one of the world’s leading think tanks in development policy and global development, being among the four most reputable development institutes in Europe (ranking 14 globally in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report). In recent years, DIE has also gained a strong reputation in climate policy research (currently ranking 13th in the ICCG ranking of world leading think tanks in climate policy), especially with research on the nexus between sustainable development and low-carbon and climate resilient development.


University of Potsdam
Friday 31 March 2017
Potsdam, Germany

Preliminary programme
The event will address the concept of co-production, which beyond informing knowledge production processes offers room for scientists to reflect on their role in the creation of social order. Participants will discuss how underlying beliefs as to “how the world ought to be” factor into sustainability-related research. With a view to the rise of “post-factual politics” they will reflect on modalities of scholarly engagement with policy makers and society at large.

We welcome (prospective) ESG research fellows to join the afternoon session at the University of Potsdam on the Campus in Griebnitzsee. Please RSVP to Jennifer Bansard (jennifer.bansard[at]uni-potsdam)

Friday 31 March 2017
  Morning Discussion with researchers from the “Futurisation of Politics” project at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) IASS


Afternoon PowerPoint Karaoke for 2 participants to present their work


Workshop on “Science, Co-Production and Sustainability”





Saturday 1 April 2017
  Afternoon Excursion to urban gardening projects in Berlin, short talks and discussions about environmental education and citizen engagement in urban planning tbc

The research training group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD) is a program funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to promote young researchers in the field of public administration. WIPCAD is part of the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam, which was recently found by the German Association for Political Science to be among the country’s top three institutions in the area of policy research and administrative sciences. WIPCAD’s goal is to foster empirical research into, and theoretical reflection on, the interrelationships between wicked problems and contested organizational change in public administrations along the interconnected dimensions of organizational knowledge, coordination and strategy. The program is characterized by systematic interdisciplinary cooperation between political and administrative sciences, sociology and public management.


Lund University

Monday 3 April and Tuesday 4 April 2017
Lund, Sweden
RSVP to: Charlotta Kjöllerström by 29 March, (charlotta.kjollerstrom[at] 

Lund University’s Center for Sustainability Science (LUCSUS) and the Department of Political Science welcome you to join a morning seminar on science and society in times of environmental challenges.

Focusing on the tensions and opportunities that are created when academia engages with a wider audience, we invite a panel of researchers and practitioners working at the science/society nexus to talk about roles that scientists attribute to themselves, and the roles that they are associated with externally. New media, art and drama will be a main theme of the discussion.

Monday 3 April 2017
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome speech
09:45 – 10:45 Participant presentation (ESG early career research fellows)
10:45 – 12:00  

Panel: Exploring tensions at the Science and Society nexus

  • Åsa Knaggård (Political Science)
  • Emily Boyd (LUCSUS)
  • Hållbart universitet
  • Jon Andersson (Lunds Miljöstrategi)


12:30 – 13:00 Research speed-dating at LUCSUS
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and discussion of early career workshop ideas at LUCSUS
Tuesday 4 April 2017
09:37 Train to CPH
11:00 Lecture at Copenhagen University: Anne Bach-Nielsen (Adaptation Politics in Copenhagen), room (1.1.17) at CSS (Øster Farimagsgade 5)
12:00  Lunch
13-15:00 Bicycle tour around Copenhagen

About the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)
The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) is a platform for education, research and cooperation inside and outside academia on questions related to sustainable development. LUCSUS is a faculty independent centre at Lund University. LUCSUS has been identified as an Earth System Governance Research Centre to support the implementation of the Earth System Governance Science Plan and specifically to share responsibility for the analysis of the allocation and access analytical problem.

About the Department of Political Science at Lund University
Political Science has been studied at Lund University since 1877. Today, Lund University’s Department of Political Science combines old traditions with modern research and education. In recent years, the department has been very successful in competing for external research funding. Our research groups dedicated to central themes such as democratisation, globalisation, diplomacy, peace and conflict studies and environmental policy are at the forefront of international research.

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