Venue: African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya
Date: Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Costs: free

In conjunction with the Earth System Governance annual conference, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 07-10 December 2016, we would like to announce a pre-conference event for early career researchers interested in earth system governance. This one day event will explore the challenges and opportunities for developing a career in earth system governance research, addressing complex topics and societal inequalities. In this context, we will also discuss the contributions that early career researchers make to new directions in Earth System Governance.

The session will include keynote addresses from thought leaders in the field of earth system governance and discussion sessions to discuss challenges and opportunities moving forward as individual researchers and as a community. The format is focused on creating interactive opportunities for early career researchers to engage with each other and with senior faculty within the Earth System Governance network. The day will include:

  • A speech by Dr. Richard Munang, UNEP. Dr Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator. He is also the UNEP Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for Food Security Focal Person currently coordinating and guiding the roll-out of the UNEP-Africa Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly in over 40 countries.
  • World Café discussion on New Directions in ESG research. The “Earth System Governance New Directions Initiative” aims at writing a new Science and Implementation Plan for the Earth System Governance Project as well as identifying new leadership for the Project. Through this early career researcher event, we will seek to contribute to the New Directions Initiative.
  • Talks and discussion on challenges and opportunities for Early Career Researchers in ESG. A session will be dedicated to understanding some of the challenges early career researchers experience and find constructive suggestions on how we can support each other as well as engage more actively with the Earth System Governance project.


We welcome early career researchers participating in the 2016 Nairobi Conference on Earth System Governance to join us for this event.

Spaces are limited so we encourage early registration as it will be on a first-come-first-served basis. You can register for the event by sending an email to charlotta.kjollerstrom[at] with the following information about yourself:

  • Name
  • Institution
  • Country of Residence
  • Gender
  • Current position
  • Dietary requirements (if any)


We will confirm participation as soon as possible. Looking forward to stimulating discussions in Nairobi!

Kennedy Mbeva (

Sandra van der Hel (

Vasna Ramasar(