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We invite you to the 2016 Conference on Earth System Governance, which will address the overarching theme of ‘Confronting Complexity and Inequality’. This conference – the seventh in our conference series – will take place in Nairobi, the ‘Green City in the Sun’ that is not only one of East Africa’s major centres but also home to the United Nations Environment Programme and a number of leading public and non-state organisations in the field of sustainable development. 

In this central hub of global environmental governance, the 2016 Earth System Governance conference will focus on the persistent question of how we can manage the increasing complexity of institutions, actors, interests and discourses in a just and effective manner. In analysing this central question, we will place special emphasis on global and national inequalities, for instance by analysing local inequalities in sustainable development policies or by asking to what extent traditional divisions between North and South are still relevant in earth system governance or whether new divides, and goal conflicts, exist that deserve our attention.

At the 2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance, we will also place particular emphasis on Africa, and invite papers that address the continent’s potential for, but also the challenges to, sustainable development. Finally, eight years into the Earth System Governance Project we now invite all members of our community to join in identifying the new and exciting directions that could guide earth system governance research in the next decade.

For all of these questions, the Nairobi Conference has been designed to provide a lively forum to hundreds of scholars for joint discussions, the exchange of new insights, and the examination of the core ideas that underlie earth system governance and global sustainability.

Conference Streams

The conference will be organised into four conference streams, although we also welcome proposals in any other major area of earth system governance research:

Stream 1: Complexity in Earth System Governance

Stream 2: Inequality in Earth System Governance

Stream 3: Africa and Earth System Governance

Stream 4: New Directions in Earth System Governance Research

Key Dates

Deadline for paper abstracts: 21 March 2016

Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2016

Final registration deadline: 1 November 2016

Full papers due: 15 November 2016

Conference dates: 7-9 December 2016