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Frank Biermann Awarded ISA Distinguished Scholar Award

Professor Frank Biermann, the founder of the Earth System Governance Project, has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association’s Environmental Studies Section.

This award recognizes outstanding scholars whose long history of excellent research and teaching has had a substantial impact on fields associated with international relations and environmental issues.

Professor Frank Biermann is a research professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He has authored about 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and is the author or editor of 18 highly influential books. He has significantly shaped and impacted major conceptual and theoretical debates in our research community, for instance, with his work on earth system governance, the Anthropocene, the Sustainable Development Goals, international bureaucracies, and fragmentation of global environmental governance. Frank Biermann has been instrumental in strengthening the global research community on environmental governance as the founder and first chair (2008-2018) of the Earth System Governance Project. He is editor of three book series and has recently established the Earth System Governance journal. Throughout his career, Frank Biermann has been an enthusiastic and immensely supportive mentor of younger researchers, always striving to motivate them to not only excel in their scientific pursuits but also to put their newly acquired knowledge to use in society.

Join the roundtable at the ISA Virtual Conference to celebrate Frank’s outstanding contribution to the field at on Friday, 9th April. Please note that you need to be a registered participant of the ISA Virtual Conference to join (

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