Towards Earth System Governance

Event Name Towards Earth System Governance
Start Date 13 May 2019 12:00 pm
End Date 13 May 2019 1:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Professor Frank Biermann, from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

The human impact on our planet has caused changes that are outside the range of natural variability and are equivalent to major geological disruptions. In an era of planet-wide transformation, we need a new model for planet-wide environmental politics. In his presentation, Professor Biermann will propose “earth system” governance as just such a new paradigm, offering both analytical and normative perspectives. He’ll discuss some of the key challenges of earth system governance and lay out a series of proposals for more progressive planetary politics in the 21st century. He will also address important challenges of making earth system governance more inclusive, equitable and just, and how local actors can work within a planetary vision on achieving the transition towards a more sustainable world. Drawing on fifteen years of research, Professor Biermann formulates earth system governance as an empirical reality and a political necessity. As the founding chair of the global “Earth System Governance” research alliance, Professor Biermann will reflect on his experiences in developing global research networks, and on how Australian researchers can become more involved.

About Professor Biermann

Professor Biermann is a research professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is director of the GLOBALGOALS research program on the steering effects of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is supported by a major European Research Council personal ‘Advanced Grant’. He is also the founder of the Earth System Governance Research Alliance, a global transdisciplinary research network, and the editor-in-chief of Earth System Governance, a new peer-reviewed journal with Elsevier. He can be followed on Twitter @FHBBiermann.