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Copernicus Institute at Utrecht University has joined Global Alliance of Research Centres

The Earth System Governance Research Alliance is delighted to announce that the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University has joined the Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres.

The Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres is a network of major research hubs that support the implementation of the Earth System Governance Science Plan and act as focal points in their regions and their areas of research. At present, the Alliance comprises twelve research centers in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. In addition, networks on earth system governance research exist in China, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.

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. Earth system governance research also lies at the interface of two major strategic programmes at Utrecht University, “Sustainability” and “Institutions for Open Societies”, both of which ensure intense interdisciplinary work across the campus. The leadership of Utrecht University highly welcomes the Earth System Governance network and supports the activities of the Copernicus Institute in this network.

The Copernicus Institute is committed to support involvement of its researchers in all activities of the Earth System Governance research alliance, including: support for the Taskforce on Accountability; support for the global taskforce on Conceptual Foundations (including the concepts of Anthropocene, Resilience, and Environmental Policy Integration); development of a global taskforce on Equity; and support for a global taskforce on Architecture.

In addition, the Copernicus Institute wil support numerous networking activities, including hosting major conferences and events. The Institute also shares the Earth System Governance Project’s commitment to a global approach in sustainability research, and will strive, in particular, to work with its partner institutions in the Global South to strengthen their involvement in global research programmes. Among others things, the Institute has agreed to co-host the 2016 Earth System Governance Conference in Nairobi.

The 2014 international evaluation of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences in the Netherlands ranked the Copernicus Institute as the best research centre in its field in the Netherlands. In the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Utrecht University was ranked first among the Dutch universities and 56th globally. 

Read more about the Earth System Governance Research Centre Utrecht.

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