Earth System Governance, Newsletter July 2010

* Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance

We invite you to the Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance: Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges, to be held 17-20 May 2011 on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. This conference is part of the global conference series by the Earth System Governance Project. The first Earth System Governance conference was held in Amsterdam in December 2009. The Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance is hosted jointly by the Environmental Governance Working Group and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University along with the Earth System Governance Project. Deadline for paper abstracts: 15 August 2010. Please see the conference website for details and the full call for papers:

* Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines

The Earth System Governance Project, the Global Carbon Project and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) invite early career-researchers from the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) to apply for a capacity-building workshop on ‘Carbon Governance in Asia: Bringing Scales and Disciplines’. The workshop will take place 1-3 November 2010 in Yokohama, Japan. The workshop is supported by the Asia-Pacific Network on Global Change Research. The deadline for applications is 8 July 2010. Further information is available at

* Earth System Governance Science Plan - Spanish translation

The Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan is now available in Spanish. The Science and Implementation Plan provides an overarching outline for the Project, as a common set of questions for the study of earth system governance. It lays down the basic research programme in terms of concepts, theories, research questions, methods, and cases. With this Spanish translation the Science and Implementation Plan is now available in three languages: in the official English version, and translated into Japanese and Spanish. More information and download options:

* Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres

The Earth System Governance Project builds on a broad and diverse network that reflects the interdisciplinary, international and multi-scale challenge of earth system governance. A core element of this network is the Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres. The centres support the implementation of specific parts of the Science Plan and act as focal points for earth system governance research in their area. Currently, the Global Alliance brings together the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Australian National University, Australia; Chiang Mai University, Thailand; Colorado State University, USA; Lund University, Sweden; Oldenburg University, Germany; the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden; and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Strong networks on earth system governance research are also emerging in China, and discussions with potential partners in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America are underway. For a detailed description see

The research centres maintain numerous academic programmes on bachelor, master and doctoral levels related to earth system governance. These programmes respond to the growing interest of students in this field and support the development of a new generation of earth system governance researchers. An overview of these programmes can be found at

* More News

- The Earth System Governance Project announces the launch of a new book series on Earth System Governance, published by The MIT Press. Books in this series will be of interest to the academic community but will also inform practitioners and at times contribute to policy debates. (

- The registration for the ISEE 11th Biennial Conference: Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crisis is open. This major conference is endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project, and many panels address core themes identified in the Project’s Science and Implementation Plan. The conference is organised by the University of Oldenburg and the University of Bremen and will be held 22-26 August 2010 in Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany. (

- The Law for Social-Ecological Resilience Conference invites paper submissions on issues and topics related to law and social-ecological resilience. The conference is co-arranged by Stockholm Environmental Law and Policy Centre, at the Faculty of Law, and Stockholm Resilience Centre, both at Stockholm University, and will be held 17-19 November 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference is endorsed by the Earth System Governance Project and will feature core members of the project.

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* From the Earth System Governance Network

- The Earth System Governance Project congratulates professor Diana Liverman on being awarded this year’s Founder’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society. She receives the medal ‘for encouraging, developing and promoting understanding of the human dimensions of climate change’ (

* New publications

More publications and abstracts of publications can be found at

- Biermann, Frank, Philipp Pattberg, and Fariboz Zelli (editors). 2010. Global Climate Governance Beyond 2012. Architecture, Agency and Adaptation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Biermann, Frank, Michele M. Betsill, Susana Camargo Vieira, Joyeeta Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, Heike Schroeder, Bernd Siebenhüner, Pius Z Yanda, and Ruben Zondervan. 2010 (in press). Navigating the anthropocene: the Earth System Governance Project strategy paper. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
- Biermann, Frank, Ingrid Boas.  2010. Preparing for a warmer world: Towards a global governance system to protect climate refugees. Global Environmental Politics, 10(1): 60-88.
- Bulkeley, Harriet., Peter Newell. 2010. Governing Climate Change. London / New York: Routledge.
- Gero, A., Méheux, K. and Dominey-Howes, D. 2010. Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: The challenge of integration. ATRC-NHRL Miscellaneous Report 4.
- Gupta, Aarti. 2010. Transparency to what End? Governing by disclosure through the Biosafety Clearing House. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 28 (2): 128 -144.
- Jordan, Andrew, Dave Huitema, Harro van Asselt, Tim Rayner, and Frans Berkhout (editors). 2010. Climate Change Policy in the European Union: Confronting the Dilemmas of Mitigation and Adaptation? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Kanie, Norichika. 2010. Green Growth and a New World Order. Global Asia, 4 (4).
- Kluvánková-Oravská, Tatiana (editor).  From Government to Governance? New Governance for Water and Biodiversity in Enlarged EU. 2010. Prague: Alfa Nakladatelství.
- Pattberg, Philipp. 2010. Public-private partnerships in global climate governance. Climate Change, 1(2): 279-287.