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

Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

Date: 03 July 2016 - 08 July 2016
Location: University of Reims, France


Socio-Ecological Systems

There is a large number of scholars that are currently working on socio-ecological systems. The analysis of the governance of socio-ecological systems is frequently problematic. The GOSES Summer School aims at addressing this emerging challenge. We expect that this will attract scholars working along the lines of Elinor Ostrom’s integrated diagnostic approach. The Summer School is also expected to appeal to those researchers who focus on global and regional environmental governance, and those who come from structuralistic and rationalist scholarly traditions, as well as constructivist and critical ones. This Summer School will be an opportunity for much needed cross-fertilization among scholars employing different approaches.

Levels of Governance

Concerning the level of governance, we expect most participants to be primarily interested in the local or regional level with regard to specific resources or sectors, but the research of those looking at the planet as a socio-ecological system itself could also provide interesting perspectives.


Social-Ecological Systems - Ecosystems - Environmental Regions - Governance - Scale - Local - Regional - Global - Sustainability - Sociological Approaches - Epistemic Approaches - Integrated Approaches - Diagnostic Frameworks - Boundary Work - Participative Research - Fisheries - Pastures - Forests - Parks - Irrigation Schemes - River Basins Regional Seas - Mountain Ranges - Oceans - Atmosphere - Some Endangered Species


For the first time, the program of the GOSES Summer School will feature not only in situ observation of a socio-ecological system nearby, but will also attempt to perform participatory research on the sustainability of this socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens.

Target group

The GOSES Summer School is designed not only for doctoral students, but also for pre-docs, post-docs and young scholars, who wish to further explore the governance of socio-ecological systems, discuss cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike, and develop specific skills such as presenting their own research, developing abstracts, and discussing the research of other scholars in the make.

This edition aims at bringing together scholars who work on the governance of socio-ecological systems at different levels, from local to regional to global, and from different perspectives, including ecology, biology, geography, planning, political science, international relations and the emerging discipline of sustainability science.


Sustainability Science - Environmental Sciences - Political Science - Sociology - Management - Economics - Agronomics - Geography - Planning - Law - Philosophy - any discipline related to ecosystems, society, governance and sustainability

Scientific Committee

  •  Liliana Andonova, Professor, Graduate Institute of Geneva, Switzerland (to be confirmed)
  •  Jörg Balsiger, Associate Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  •  Frank Biermann, Full Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  •  Bill Clark, Full Professor, Harvard University, United States (to be confirmed)
  •  Daniel Compagnon, Full Professor, Sciences Po at Bordeaux, France (to be confirmed)
  •  Michael Cox, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College, United States
  •  François Gemenne, Senior Lecturer, Sciences Po, France
  •  Peter Haas, Full Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, United States (to be confirmed)

Confirmed Lecturers, Instructors and Discussants

  • Alice Baillat (Sciences Po, France)
  • Jon Marco Church (University of Reims, France)
  • Michael Cox (Dartmouth College, United States)
  • Kari de Pryck (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • François Gemenne (Sciences Po, France)
  • Leonardo Orlando (Sciences Po, France)

More information and contact

Flyer (pdf)
> Course website
> Email:
> Pre-registration


Organised jointly by

  • URCA (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)