The Earth System Governance Project as a network organization: a critical assessment after ten years

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The social sciences have engaged since the late 1980s in international collaborative programmes to study questions of sustainability and global change. This article offers an in-depth analysis of the largest long-standing social-science network in this field: the Earth System Governance Project. Originating as a core project of the former International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, the Earth System Governance Project has matured into a global, self-sustaining research network, with annual conferences, numerous taskforces, research centers, regional research fellow meetings, three book series, an open access flagship journal, and a lively presence in social media. The article critically reviews the experiences of the Earth System Governance network and its integration and interactions with other programmes over the last decade.


  • F. Biermann
  • Michele M. Betsill
  • S. Burch
  • John Dryzek
  • Christopher Gordon
  • Aarti Gupta
  • Joyeeta Gupta
  • Cristina Inoue
  • Agni Kalfagianni
  • Norichika Kanie
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Åsa Persson
  • H. Schroeder
  • Michelle Scobie
External organisations
  • Utrecht University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Brasilia
  • Keio University
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of the West Indies
  • Wageningen University
  • University of Amsterdam
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Environmental Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1
Publication categoryResearch