Transformative Sustainability Governance – an Earth System Governance Project workshop hosted by the University of Waterloo

The Transformative Sustainability Governance: An Earth System Governance Project workshop will be held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo, Canada. The workshop will take place over two days (Tuesday, November 22nd & Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016), and will include a reception on the evening of November 22nd.

The objective of the workshop is to facilitate an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge regarding the intersection of sustainability transformations and earth system governance scholarship in an effort to outline effective policies and ‘best practices’ to tackle pressing challenges such as climate change. The workshop will explore the tension between earth system governance, sustainability governance, and traditional models of environmental governance in an effort to create a guiding theme for future research and practice.

This workshop will allow key scholars and leading students to present their latest thinking on issues of sustainability governance and transformation, but will also be structured heavily around small roundtable sessions that allow deep participation by all students and invitees. As such, not all participants will offer plenary-style presentations, but rather will engage in collaborative visioning activities and open discussion. The number of workshop participants will be limited to 30 to allow for this.

As an output of this conference, we aim to publish a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. We will send invitations to potential authors/groups of authors based on pre-workshop abstract submissions, as well as workshop activities. We anticipate that these invitations will be sent out in December 2016 or January 2017, following the event at BSIA.

This workshop has been generously supported by the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Connection Grant) and the University of Waterloo (International Research Partnership Grant).