Published on Nov 06, 2018

Today, the new Science and Implementation Plan for the Earth System Governance Project has been presented at the 2018 Utrecht Conference. The Science and Implementation has been developed in consultations with the earth system governance community by the New Directions Initiative of the Project.

Download the 2018 Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan(PDF)

To facilitate high-quality and novel earth system governance research, we need to regularly rethink the relevance and urgency of our research endeavour in light of a changing world and changing earth system. This plan builds on successful elements of the previous plan but adds new research lenses and approaches that have come to the fore and will be important to earth system governance. This new Science and Implementation Plan sets out the agenda for the next decade of earth system governance research.

Since the start of the Project in 2009, the earth system governance research network has grown and is now well established in the scientific community. It is now a timely moment to update the existing Earth System Governance Research Framework to reflect new innovations, opportunities and complexities emerging in earth system governance, and to continue to stimulate a pluralistic, vibrant and relevant research community in this field.

Our vision is to understand, imagine and help realize just and sustainable futures by stimulating a pluralistic, vibrant and relevant research community

The new Science and Implementation Plan has been developed in the New Directions Initiative, which started in 2016 building on prior consultations with the wider community since 2014.

Intertwined with the consultation and writing process leading up to the new Science Plan, the New Directions Initiative also provided space and opportunity to let a new leadership for the Earth System Governance emerge which will take the lead in implementing the new ambitious research agenda.

In parallel with the New Directions process, a Harvesting Initiative was launched by the Earth System Governance Project that seeks to synthesize research findings from the past decade and draw key lessons and insights for future governance of the earth system.

Citation: Earth System Governance Project. 2018. Earth System Governance: Science and Implementation Plan of the Earth System Governance Project. Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Coordinating Lead Authors: Sarah Burch, Aarti Gupta, Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Agni Kalfagianni, Åsa Persson

Lead Authors: Andrea K. Gerlak, Atsushi Ishii, James Patterson, Jonathan Pickering, Michelle Scobie, Jeroen van der Heijden, Joost Vervoort

Contributing Authors: Carolina Adler, Michael John Bloomfield, Riyanti Djalante, John S. Dryzek, Victor Galaz, Christopher Gordon, Renée Harmon, Sikina Jinnah, Rakhyun E. Kim, Lennart Olsson, Judith van Leeuwen, Vasna Ramasar, Paul Wapner, Ruben Zondervan