Concepts such as the Anthropocene, Planetary Boundaries, and the Great Acceleration are gaining traction in policy and academia. However, is the “Anthropocene” a useful concept to describe the challenges posed by global environmental change? Is there such as thing as global “thresholds”? Does a “boundaries” framing restrict potential societal responses? In short, is there anything new under the sun?

Join us for this masterclass to delve into these issues, discuss with peers, and get feedback on your own work. This masterclass is organised by the ‘Amsterdam Laboratory on Earth System Governance’, supported by the SENSE research school and the Earth System Governance Project.


Graduate students and post-docs interested in the environment from a social science perspective. Completing the course = 1 ECTS


Combination of lectures, small group assignments, and discussions based on the participants’ own research or project ideas.


Free of charge


Yes, some readings and reflections to link the Anthropocene to your own work


Sandra van der Hel / Oscar Widerberg

sandra.vander.hel at / oscar.widerberg at

When and where

1 – 2 October 2015

VU Campus, W&N building, IVM, De Boelelaan 1087, Amsterdam


Send a 1-page motivation letter + CV to sandra.vander.hel at – before August 21st. Accepted participants will be informed before August 28th


The masterclass will be led by Victor Galaz, author of ‘Global Environmental Governance, Technology and Politics: The Anthropocene Gap’ (Edward Elgar, 2014), who is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in political science, researcher and co-theme leader at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden). He is interested in global environmental governance, planetary boundaries, exponential technologies and emerging political conflicts associated with the notion of the Anthropocene. His work has featured in international media such as Wired, the Guardian, New Scientist and Nature, and published in several academic journals.