This Special Issue on ‘Access and Allocation in Earth System Governance‘, edited by Prof. Joyeeta Gupta and Dr. Louis Lebel, undertake a a review and analysis of of the terms Access and Allocation as per the analytical theme in the Earth System Governance Project initial Science Plan, in order to harvest lessons learnt, to test emerging ideas and further theory development on governance. The Special Issue, consisting of 12 articles, forms part of the Earth System Governance Harvesting Initiative which compiles key research finding from the first decade of the global research alliance.

By reviewing literature of the last decade, this Special Issue assesses the scope and depth of ideas with intellectual merit covering access and allocation across disciplines by authors in the field of earth system governance. Each articles provides an overview of the field and aims to serve as entry portals to literature on access and allocation. The special issue also contrast work and research on the terms access and allocation to closely related concepts in academic literature such as justice, equity, distributive issues and fairness.

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of cooperative solutions to international environmental problems. Free access to the Special Issue is provided until 3 September 2020.