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The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: a critical assessment after ten years

Biermann, Frank, Michele M Betsill, Sarah Burch, John Dryzek, Christopher Gordon, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Cristina Inoue, Agni Kalfagianni, Norichika Kanie, Lennart Olsson, Åsa Persson, Heike Schroeder and Michelle Scobie. 2019. The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: a critical assessment after ten years. Current opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 39:17-23

Abstract

The social sciences have engaged since the late 1980s in international collaborative programmes to study questions of sustainability and global change. This article offers an in-depth analysis of the largest long-standing social-science network in this field: the Earth System Governance Project. Originating as a core project of the former International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, the Earth System Governance Project has matured into a global, self-sustaining research network, with annual conferences, numerous taskforces, research centers, regional research fellow meetings, three book series, an open access flagship journal, and a lively presence in social media. The article critically reviews the experiences of the Earth System Governance network and its integration and interactions with other programmes over the last decade.

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