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ESG Education – Global Governance of the Earth System

Do you wish to engage further in education on earth system governance or share resources with students who will be the next generation of researchers and practitioners? This weekly series of lectures beginning in September is open to the research community and beyond. It is the ideal opportunity to become more familiar with earth system governance and its research framework. It will address pressing existing issues, new global trends, and the imperatives for broader societal transformation.

Description of the course

Global Governance of the Earth System is an educational course designed by Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim (Utrecht University, Netherlands). It is primarily developed for postgraduate students at Utrecht University (UU) but fundamental lectures and guest lectures will be available to external students who can sign up via the Earth System Governance Project.

With a specific focus on global-level governance issues related to the earth system, participants can delve into the complexities and dynamics of earth system governance at an international scale, gaining valuable insights into this research field. This comprehensive course offers students and scholars an inclusive overview of the environmental, economic, social, and political global trends that shape the context of future earth system governance research.


Deadline: 4 September 2023

Registering for the Global Level Governance and the Earth System course will grant you access to all lecture sessions through Microsoft Teams.


The course includes an introductory lecture, five lectures on the research lenses of the ESG research framework, two policy-oriented lectures on climate and ocean governance, and a review of the role of law. Each lecture is delivered by two leading experts, providing diverse perspectives for a comprehensive learning experience.

This lineup of 16 guest lecturers from the ESG Project’s community will engage in discussions on pressing existing issues while addressing new global trends and imperatives for broader societal transformation.

Note: While the course lectures are accessible online and for free to external students, it is primarily designed for Utrecht University (UU) students. UU students will benefit from exclusive opportunities to attend supplementary workshops/tutorials and complete assignments, which won’t be available to external participants. Additionally, please be aware that certificates or credits will not be provided to external participants upon course completion.

Research framework

Drawing on the research framework of the ESG Project, the course will utilize five research lenses (Architecture & Agency, Democracy & Power, Justice & Allocation, Anticipation & Imagination, Adaptiveness & Reflexivity) and four contextual conditions (Transformation, Inequality, Anthropocene, Diversity).

Research Framework of the ESG Project’s 2018 Science and Implementation Plan

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