Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance Seminar

Lecture: Towards Earth System Governance: Planetary Politics in the 21st Century

Tue 14 May 2019Speaker: Frank Biermann, Utrecht University Room 1, Ann Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra


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 such an era of planet-wide transformation, we need a new model for planet-wide environmental politics. In his presentation, Frank Biermann proposes “earth system” governance as just such a new paradigm. Biermann offers both analytical and normative perspectives. He discusses some of the key challenges of earth system governance and lays out a series of proposals for more progressive planetary politics in the 21st century. He addresses as well 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, 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, Biermann also reflects on his experiences in developing global research networks, and on how Australian researchers can become more involved.


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


Registration is free. Please register by Friday 10 May by contacting Juliana Rocha.

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