Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents
2013-01-28 - 2013-01-31
United Nations University Head Quarters, Tokyo, Japan

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This conference is part of the global conference series organized by the Earth System Governance Project, a ten-year research programme under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). This conference will be the fourth in a global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project.

Five analytical problems in focus during the conference
The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will address five analytical problems with a focus on complex architectures, multiple agents. These analytical problems are united by the cross-cutting themes of power, knowledge, norms and scale.

  1. Architecture relating to the emergence, design and effectiveness of governance arrangements.
  2. Agency addresses questions of who governs the earth system and how.
  3. Adaptiveness research explores the ability of governance systems to change in the face of new knowledge and challenges as well as to enhance adaptiveness of social-ecological systems in the face of major disturbances.
  4. Accountability refers to the democratic quality of environmental governance arrangements.
  5. Allocation and access deal with justice, equity, and fairness.

BNI participation
Matilda Valman, PhD student at BNI Sweden, will give the following presentations during the conference:

* Institutional stability and change in the Baltic Sea
* Actors and advocacy coalitions in the Baltic Sea

Earth System Governance Project
The international Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The programme takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of our planet.

The normative context of the research is sustainable development: The project sees earth system governance not only as a question of governance effectiveness, but also as a challenge for political legitimacy and social justice.

The project is open to all social and natural scientists who are engaged in research on the governance of coupled socio-ecological systems, at all levels. The global network includes many of the most prominent scientists in the field, along with numerous PhD students and early-career researchers.

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