Explore the Science and Implementation Plan
The Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan sets out the agenda for the next decade of earth system governance research.
It has been developed in the New Directions Initiative of the research community and provides an overview of environmental, economic, social and political trends that define the context of the next generation of earth system governance research.
The 2018 Science and Implementation Plan is organized, around five research lenses and four contextual conditions for conceptualizing and organizing Earth System Governance research. Below, you can explore shorter explanations of the research framework components. For deeper reading, you can:
A core part of the framework are the five sets of research lenses. These lenses together provide a multifaceted view of earth system governance. Individually, they relate to established or emerging research fields, with roots in various social scientific disciplines. The lenses were intentionally coupled to enrich the analysis of earth system governance, by highlighting not only similarities but also productive tensions between the two paired concepts. Individual lenses can be paired in myriad ways and new pairings can lead to new research questions. These five pairs of concepts represent dynamic clusters of social scientific research, each inviting the engagement of diverse disciplines and research traditions.
Against the backdrop of complex and dynamic trends worldwide, contextual conditions represent meta-level conditions that define the research context we observe at the outset of the second decade of earth system governance research (2018-2028). These four conditions, or concepts, encompass and distill broader patterns of change. All four are subject to extensive empirical research and scientific and societal debate. They are intended to help provide a common language for the research context in which the Earth System Governance Project operates, and to stimulate interesting and relevant research questions when brought together with research lenses.