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Cambridge Elements Series

Cambridge Elements are original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed collections of scholarly and scientific research.

The Elements series on Earth System Governance provides concise, timely and authoritative studies of the governance of complex socio-ecological systems, written by world-leading scholars. Highly interdisciplinary in scope, the Elements in Earth System Governance series addresses governance processes and institutions at all levels of decision-making, from local to global, within a planetary perspective that seeks to align current institutions and governance systems with the fundamental 21st Century challenges of global environmental change and earth system transformations.

Elements in this series present cutting-edge scientific research, while also seeking to contribute innovative transformative ideas towards better governance. A key aim of the series is to present policy-relevant research that is of interest to both academics and policy-makers working on earth system governance.

Series Editors

Frank Biermann is Research Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is the founding chair of the Earth System Governance Project, editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Earth System Governance, and director of the GlobalGoals Project on the impacts of the SDGs, supported by a European Research Council Advanced Grant.

Aarti Gupta is Professor of Global Environmental Governance at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She is Lead Faculty and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project and a Coordinating Lead Author of its 2018 Science and Implementation Plan. She is also principal investigator of the Dutch Research Council-funded TRANSGOV project on the Transformative Potential of Transparency in Climate Governance. She holds a PhD from Yale University in environmental studies.

Michael Mason is Associate Professor in Environmental Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he also Director of the Middle East Centre and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. His research covers global environmental governance and environmental politics in Western Asia/the Middle East. He is Principal Investigator on a UK Government-funded research project studying surface water changes in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin and their governance implications for Iraq.

Interested authors are invited to submit a proposal to series editors, please use the Cambridge Elements in Earth System Governance, proposal template

For more information and a list of published Elements, please visit Cambridge Elements Series on Earth System Governance 

The Normative Foundations of International Climate Adaptation Finance

Billions of dollars are annually transferred to poor nations to help them adapt to the effects of climate change. This…

The Emergence of Geoengineering: How Knowledge Networks Form Governance Objects

For many years, suggestions to 'geoengineer' the climate occupied a marginal role in climate change science and politics. Today, visions…

Adaptive Governance to Manage Human Mobility and Natural Resource Stress

Connections between resources and migration operate as a complex adaptive system rather than being premised in linear, causal mechanisms. The…

Addressing the Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance: The Future of the Global Political Order

The world today confronts unprecedented needs for governance having profound implications for human well-being that are difficult - perhaps impossible…

The Carbon Market Challenge: Preventing Abuse Through Effective Governance

Carbon markets – both emission trading systems and baseline and credit systems – are an increasingly common policy instrument being…

Changing Our Ways: Behaviour Change and the Climate Crisis

In this Element, the authors develop an account of the role of behaviour change that is more political and social…

Decarbonising Economies

Based on an interdisciplinary investigation of future visions, scenarios, and case-studies of low carbon innovation taking place across economic domains,…

Forest Governance: Hydra or Chloris?

Many forest-related problems are considered relevant today. One might think of deforestation, illegal logging and biodiversity loss. Yet, many governance…

Remaking Political Institutions: Climate Change and Beyond

Institutions are failing in many areas of contemporary politics, not least of which concerns climate change. However, remedying such problems…

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