Earth system governance: Concepts and challenges

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•09•30    14:00 - 15:00

    This lecture will explain the largest social science research network on governance and global environmental change.

    On Friday, 30 September, the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) will host a lecture by Ruben Zondervan, Director of the Earth System Governance Project, at UNU-IAS in Yokohama, Japan. The lecture will explain the background, concepts and rational behind the Earth System Governance Project and highlight the main challenges ahead.

    The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Its international research programme takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and innovative, more effective governance systems to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet.

    The presentation will introduce the concept of earth system governance and its five analytical problems: defining the overall architecture of earth system governance; questions of agency beyond the state and of the state; the adaptiveness of governance mechanisms and processes; their accountability and legitimacy; and questions of access in earth system governance. Zondervan also will present the Earth System Governance Project, including its research findings and achievements and challenges in the science–policy interface.

    The lecture will be chaired by Norichika Kanie, UNU-IAS Research Fellow and a member of the Earth System Governance scientific steering committee.  Jose Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director of UNU-IAS, will present opening remarks.

    For further information or to register, see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.

    About the speaker

    Ruben Zondervan is Executive Director of the Earth System Governance Project. He is based at the International Project Office hosted by Lund University, Sweden.

    He studied political science, modern history, law, and economics in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) and political sciences in Potsdam (Germany). He also holds a degree in environment & resource management from the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Prior to his current position, he worked at the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the University Oldenburg, the VU University Amsterdam, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Riga and at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

    In addition to his role directing the Earth System Governance Project, Zondervan is currently also the academic co-director of Governance of Global Environmental Change, an Open Society Foundations Program (2011-2014). He is an external expert to the EU TEMPUS Project on Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula (2011-2014 ) and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group.