Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Research seminar Earth System Governance

Date: 29 June 2017
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1087, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Short Desciption

The Amsterdam Laboratory on Earth System Governance is a research seminar, hosted by the IVM section Environmental Policy Analysis, on new research in the area of environmental and earth-system governance. In weekly meetings, held each Thursday 12-13 hrs, participants will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their work, and receive valuable feedback. The research seminar will provide a regular opportunity to exchange views on new research directions, concepts, themes and methods in earth system governance research.

General information

Level:Beginner to advanced
Frequency:Ongoing. Weekly research seminars held each Thursday 12-13 hrs.
Start date:3 April 2014 (participants can enroll at any time)
Credits:1-2 ECTS, depending on number of meetings attended, but you are also welcome to attend the seminar just once or every now and then
Prerequisites:    Enrollment in a related PhD programme at a SENSE partner institution
Fee:The Amsterdam Laboratory on Earth System Governance is free of charge.
Coordinators:Yasemin Atalay ( and Olu Osunmuyiwa ( If you send us a mail, we will put you on the mailing list and regularly update you on subjects and speakers.
Committee:Dr. Dave Huitema and prof.dr. Philipp Pattberg


The primary aim of this seminar series is to familiarize PhD students with state-of-the-art research in the field of environmental and earth-system governance. The series provides PhD students the opportunity to present their research and discuss their work with experts in the field of environmental and earth-system governance.


  • Presentations by PhD students. All participating PhD students will be given the opportunity to present their research and receive valuable feedback on their work. During these meetings, two other PhD students will act as discussants. These student will read the paper in advance and prepare questions and suggestions for the speaker.
  • Presentations by Faculty Members. Faculty members of the IVM section Environmental Policy Analysis will present and discuss their current research.
  • Guest Presentations. Guests will be invited to present on a theme or research project related to earth system governance. We aim for about five guest presentation per year.
  • ESG Frontier Sessions. These sessions will be devoted to an in-depth discussion of new directions in earth system governance research. The sessions could for example explore the relevance of a new concepts in earth system governance, focus on a recent event and its implications for earth system governance, investigate the relationship of earth system governance to other research traditions or discuss the opportunities and challenges of a novel research method for earth system governance research. We aim at about four Frontier Sessions per year.


If you want to receive credits for participation, the requirements are the following (but you are also welcome the seminars just once or every now and then):

  • Actively participate in the meetings;
  • Present a paper during one of the sessions;
  • Act as discussant for two other PhD students;
  • Read the required literature for the ESG Frontier Sessions;
  • Write a reflection on the seminars in relation to their own work.

Future seminars

  • 29 June 2017: Sergi Arnau Castel: Mapping the Institutional Architecture of the Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Governance

Past seminars

  • 19 June 2017: Stefania Munaretto & Maria Witmer: water-land-energy-flood-climate nexus at EU and international level
  • 1 June 2017: Petra van der Kooij: Anthropocene
  • 18 May 2017: Okechukwu Enechi: Legitimacy of SD partnerships in sub-saharan Africa
  • 23 February 2017: Cornelia Dinca
  • 9 February 2017: Iris Hoefnagels
  • 10 November 2016: Christopher J. Prestion: Anthropocene
  • 3 November 2016: Stephan Slingerland: Book Presentation
  • 13 October 2016: Ina Moller
  • 22 September 2016: Katharina Hölscher: Transformative Climate Governance
  • 7 July 2016: Olu Osunmuyiwa: Politics in transitions: A decade after Nigeria's Biofuels Crusade, A tale of non commercialisation and lost opportunities
  • 30 June 2016: Dr. Angela Oels: The discourse on climate change and migration - where are we after Paris?
  • 18 February 2016: Dr. Dick Koelenga & Dr. Ingeborg Denissen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs): "International Governance of Global Public Goods in Turbulent Times: A Role for the Dutch Government?"
  • 21 January 2016: Dr. Roos den Uyl
  • 19 November 2015: Dr. James Petterson - Introducing a new project: "Institutional innovation for adapting to climate change in water governance within cities" (INNOVCITIES)
  • 12 November 2015: Albert Faber & Peter de Goede (WRR) - Discussion: Transnational Environmental Governance and Environmental Policy in the Netherlands
  • 8 October 2015: Emmy Bergsma (UvA) - Engineers versus geographers - A comparative analysis of Dutch and American flood governance
  • 1 October 2015: Dr. Victor Galaz (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden) - Earth system complexity and global governance - can we bridge the Anthropocene gap?
  • 24 September 2015: Dr. Ingrid Boas (WUR) - Climate Migration and Security: Securitisation as a strategy in climate change politics
  • 17 September 2015: Olu Osunmuyiwa - Exploring the Role of Renewable Energy on Fuel Subsidy conflicts: A Comparative analysis of Indonesia and Nigeria
  • 25 June 2015: Dr. Aysem Mart - Environmental Governance Through Partnerships: A Discourse Theoretical Study
  • 11 June 2015: Maria Carmen Lemos - Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change
  • 4 June 2015: Marija Isailovic - Legitimacy and the Transformation of Global Climate Governance in the Anthropocene: Implications for the Global South
  • 28 May 2015: Dr. Neil Thompson - Sustainable entrepreneurship and institutional change
  • 30 April 2015: Marija Isailovic - Discussion: ESG in the Anthropocene
  • 2 April 2015: Piero Morseletto - What Makes Diagrams Relevant for Earth System Governance?
  • 26 March 2015: Dr. Mairon Bastos Lima - Accountability in the Anthropocene: Lessons from the Politics of REDD+
  • 19 March 2015: Prof. Steven Bernstein - Coherence and Incoherence in Global Sustainable Development Governance
  • 12 March 2015: Eleni Dallas - Looking at the big picture: allocating environmental resources through permit trading schemes
  • 5 March 2015: Sandra van der Hel - Whose ╩║Future Earth╩║? Co-producing science for global sustainability

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