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Working Groups

Working groups are formal groups that mobilize scholars to collaboratively engage with key issues of governance of the environment and sustainability, within a well-defined research area and in alignment with the Earth System Governance research agenda. Working groups are community-driven, commonly led by senior Research Fellows or Lead Faculty. You don’t have to be a research fellow of the project to participate in these groups, so please reach out to the connected conveners to become involved.

Working Group on Planetary Health Justice

Human, animal and environmental health constitutes a critically important issue in relation to earth system governance,…

Working Group on Democracy

This group gathers researchers from various disciplines who are interested in questions of democracy, power and…

Urban Working Group

The Urban Working Group of the Earth System Governance Project was created at the end of…

Asia-Pacific Working Group

The Asia-Pacific Working Group has an independent website that will be regularly updated by its members.…

Working Group on Environment, Representation and Rights.
ESGRREW was created in 2016, opening an inclusive and ethical space where different perspectives can join forces to shape a common understanding of our world in law and policy
Carbon Removal Working Group
Creating and enhancing carbon sinks has become the newest pillar of climate policy in the era of the Paris Agreement, which calls for a ‘balance of sources and sinks’ on route to the ambitious temperature targets of 2C – or even 1.5C – by century’s end. Collectively known as ‘carbon removal’ (also, greenhouse gas removal or GGR, and negative emissions technologies or NETs), these approaches are envisioned to buy time for more stringent mitigation efforts, balance ‘residual’ (hard-to-abate) emissions, and clean up ‘legacy’ emissions already in the atmosphere. Carbon removal is being taken up at multiple levels of governance: from a renegotiation of the structure of carbon accounting and offset markets, to the Paris Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), to a wave of Net Zero commitments aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050 sweeping across companies in the global North, to the European Commission’s initiative on ‘carbon farming’.
Working Group on Economic Downturn and Climate Action

Climate action by state and non-state actors has become increasingly urgent, if the world is to…

Recent publications

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits
Five years of climate action and summitry have taught us valuable lessons. Orchestrators of climate action can positively influence performance by setting minimum requirements for credibility and robustness among the initiatives they engage.
Transforming Biodiversity Governance
Edited by Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Marcel T. J. Kok, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
2021 Annual Report
The Earth System Governance Project seeks to mobilise and advance scholarship at the interface between global environmental change and governance. Discover how by learning more about the project in this summary of 2021!