Book of Abstracts

The 2019 Mexico 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 relevant to the Latin American region.

This book of abstracts lists all accepted abstracts for the conference, structured along the six thematic streams of the conference and grouped in panels.

Please note that the grouping in panels is tentative, that no time-slots for presentation have been assigned to panels, and that not yet all presenters have registered for the conference, and that recent changes to or withdrawals of abstracts might not yet be reflected in this version of the book of abstracts. Updated versions of this book of abstracts will be made available on the conference website frequently.

Download the book of abstracts here

2019 Winter School Deadline Extended

New Registration Deadline: 30 June 2019.

The Earth System Governance Winter School in 2019 will be hosted in the Zapotec indigenous community of Capulalpam, two hours’ drive from Oaxaca City, in the spectacular natural forests of the Sierra de Juárez in Oaxaca, one of the regions of highest biological diversity in Mexico and in the world.

The 2019 Oaxaca Winter School on Earth System Governance is designed to function as an incubator for early career researchers working on earth system governance.

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The University of Arizona co-hosting the 2019 Mexico Conference

The University of Arizona will be co-hosting the 2019 Mexico Conference.

Co-hosts are the core institutional partners of the conference. They cooperate with the Earth System Governance Project on content, organisation, and communication of the conference, and are providing substantial support to the organization of the conference.

The University of Arizona (UA) is located in Tucson, Arizona, just 60 miles north of the border with Mexico. Across the university, many faculty and departments work on environmental issues and earth system governance including in the School of Geography and Development, the Institute of the Environment, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Udall Center for Public Policy.  Many programs connect UA to Latin America with many collaborations with Mexico on border and environmental issues. 

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Peter Dauvergne

We are honored that Prof. Peter Dauvergne will be the opening keynote speaker of the 2019 Mexico Conference on Earth System Governance.

Prof. Peter Dauvergne

Peter Dauvergne is a professor of international relations at the University of British Colombia (Canada), specializing in global environmental politics. His research covers the politics of social movements, consumption, technology, and corporations, especially the consequences for social inequality and ecosystem degradation in the global South. Recent topics include the politics of artificial intelligence, plastic pollution, industrial mining, ocean conservation, climate change, food security, biofuels, and tropical deforestation.

His recent books include Will Big Business Destroy Our Planet? (Polity, 2018), and Environmentalism of the Rich (MIT, 2016, winner of APSA’s Michael Harrington Book Award). At UBC, he has served as associate dean (2006-08), senior adviser to the president (2008-09), and director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-14). He is also the founding and past editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. In 2016 the International Studies Association presented him with its Distinguished Scholar Award for Environmental Studies. In 2018 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).

The keynote address will be given at the opening plenary of the 2019 Mexico Conference on 6 November 2019, in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Registration Open

The registration for the 2019 Mexico Conference on Earth System Governance is open.

Start your registration here.

Register before 1 June 2019 to benefit from the early-bird registration fee. Presenters of papers have to register before 15 September 2019. General registration will stay open until the first day of the conference.

Registration for the Winter School and the Taskforce & Meeting Day will be separate and will open soon.

Review completed. Registration will open soon.

The Call for Papers for the 2019 Mexico Conference on Earth System Governance closed on 8 March 2019. We received 448 abstracts which were reviewed in a double-blind process by our international review panel consisting of 97 earth system governance scholars from all over the world. Today, the review process has been completed and all authors of abstracts have been notified about the outcomes of the review process. Coordinators of panel submissions will be notified later this week.

The registration for the 2019 Mexico Conference will open soon.

The call for innovative sessions is now also closed. We still welcome proposals for meetings at the Taskforce & Meeting Day on 9 November 2019. Suggestions for such meetings can be submitted to

CfP closed – Innovative Sessions still welcome

The Call for Papers for the 2019 Mexico Conference on Earth System Governance closed on 8 March 2019.

We still welcome proposals for non-traditional sessions, such as roundtables (which may include policy-makers, academics, or representatives of social movements and non-governmental organizations), policy games, book launches, and book seminars. All non-traditional sessions can be proposed directly to the conference organizers by e-mail: Proposals should include a description of the session (1 page) and a list of participants. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizers.

Deadline for innovative sessions is 1 April 2019

In response for the Call for Papers, 448 abstracts have been submitted.