Earth System Governance, Newsletter September 2010

* International Project Office to be hosted by Lund University
The Earth System Governance Project is pleased to announce that starting January 2011, its International Project Office will be hosted by Lund University, Sweden. Lund University is the highest ranked comprehensive research university in Scandinavia with a strong background in transdisciplinary environmental and global change research. The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the Faculty of Social Sciences, represented by its Department of Political Science, will lend vital support to the International Project Office and facilitate university-wide research collaboration. The comprehensive and generous hosting arrangement will provide the Earth System Governance Project with an effective and stable International Project Office in an inspiring, dynamic and high-quality academic environment. See also:

* First book in the MIT Press series on Earth System Governance
The first book in the MIT Press Earth System Governance book series has been published: Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance, by Professor Oran R. Young. The book contributes to a better understanding of emergent patterns in environmental governance and how they affect regime effectiveness; it stresses that international environmental regimes are dynamic, changing continuously over time. More information is available at

The Earth System Governance series with The MIT Press is designed to address the research challenge of earth system governance from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, at different levels of governance, and with a plurality of methods. 

* Four Earth System Governance capacity-building events in the next three months
In the next three months, the ESG Project and many of its researchers will be actively involved in four capacity-building events, all endorsed and supported by the Project:
- PhD Course in Water Governance, which is an interdisciplinary PhD course hosted by the LUCID Research School at Lund University (20-25 September 2010);
- PhD Training School “Global Environmental Governance: The Multidisciplinary Approach” (27-30 September 2010), organized in Vilnius, Lithuania, by the COST Action on Transformation of Global Environmental Governance, an Affiliated Project of the Earth System Governance Project;
- 4th Earth System Governance Marie Curie Training Course (4-13 October 2010) in Berlin, Germany along with the 2010 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, focusing this year on Architectures of Earth System Governance;
- Capacity Building Workshop on Carbon Governance in Asia: Bridging Scales and Disciplines (1-3 November 2010) in Yokohama, Japan, jointly organized by the Global Carbon Project, the Earth System Governance Project, and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), with support by the Asia-Pacific Network on Global Change Research. 

For details of these, and all other upcoming events, see:

 * UEA Norwich joins Global Alliance of Research Centres
The University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, United Kingdom, has joined the global alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres. The University of East Anglia is an acknowledged centre of excellence in the study of the inter-linkages between natural and human systems. UEA has been a passionate advocate and exponent of policy-relevant interdisciplinarity since its foundation in 1963. UEA is also distinctive in terms of the diversity of methodologies and theories used and developed by its researchers and teachers. Consequently, it is actively involved in understanding processes across all five analytical problems identified in the Earth System Governance science plan. With the new centre at UEA, the global alliance of research centres brings together nine leading institutes. Strong networks are also emerging in China, and discussions with potential partners in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America are underway. See also:

* From the Earth System Governance Network
- The Earth System Governance Project congratulates Prof. Joyeeta Gupta (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, and VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Prof. Arun Agrawal (University of Michigan, USA), and Prof. Lennart Olsson (Lund University, Sweden) with their appointments to the selection of authors for the fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Joyeeta Gupta is a member of the Earth System Governance Scientific Steering Committee and has been selected as lead author in Working Group III of the IPCC for the chapter on International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments. From the Associate Faculty of the Earth System Governance Project, Professor Lennart Olsson is appointed coordinating lead author in IPCC Working Group II for the chapter on Livelihoods and Poverty. For the same chapter, Professor Arun Agrawal has been selected as lead author. For details see
- The call for submissions of paper abstracts for the Colorado Conference on Earth System Governance closed on 15 September. In total, 323 abstracts have been submitted by authors from 39 countries. All abstracts will be reviewed on a double-blind basis by an International Review Panel. The best abstracts will be accepted for presentation at the conference, which is jointly hosted by the Environmental Governance Working Group and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University along with the Earth System Governance Project, and will be held 17-20 May 2011 on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
- The Earth System Governance Project has endorsed the 2nd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy "Strengthening Institutions to Address Climate Change and Advance a Green Economy", to be held 17-19 September 2010 at Yale University, United States. This conference is the second event in a conference series on the interface of democracy and environment organized by UNITAR and Yale University. About 150 scholars and policy-makers from countries and organizations around the world will examine the role of institutional structures and decision-making procedures in fostering (or impeding) low carbon and climate resilient development and advancing a green economy.

* Selected new publications
- Armitage, Derek, Ryan Plummer (editors). 2010. Adaptive Capacity and Environmental Governance. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
- Bäckstrand, Karin, Jamil Khan, Annica Kronsell, and Eva Lövbrand (editors). 2010. Environmental Politics and Deliberative Democracy. Examining the Promise of New Modes of Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- 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. Navigating the anthropocene: the Earth System Governance Project strategy paper. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2(3): 202-208.
- Galaz, Victor, Andreas Duit, Katarina Eckerberg and Jonas Ebbesson (editors). 2010. Special Issue on: Governance, Complexity and Resilience. Global Environmental Change, 20 (3): 363-546.
- Gupta, Aarti (editor). 2010. Special Issue on: Transparency in Global Environmental Governance. Global Environmental Politics, 10 (3). 

More new publications and abstracts of publications can be found at  


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