Monday, June 18, 2012


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be held 28-31 January, 2013, at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Today, a multitude of agents plays a significant role in earth system governance, ranging from traditional state actors to international organizations, civil society organizations, science networks, city coalitions, or business associations. At the same time, the overall governance architecture, from local to global levels, is becoming more complex as a consequence of ever increasing needs for governance and policy-development.

This complex architecture with multiple agents is the core research problem to be discussed at the Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference. The conference will bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines as well as practitioners from diverse backgrounds to address the nexus between the analytical problems of agency and architecture in earth system governance, and will also consider the other analytical problems identified in the Earth System Governance Science and Implementation Plan. The timing of the Tokyo Conference, half a year after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), will make these discussions especially pertinent and timely. The conference may open up new and fruitful areas of science-policy interaction and strengthen the interface between science and policy in earth system governance.

Abstracts are invited on six interrelated clusters of questions:

  1. Earth System Governance Architectures in the 21st Century
  2. Climate and Energy Governance Architectures
  3. The Nexus between Architecture and the other “A’s” in Earth System Governance:
  4. Political Dynamics in the Interface of Agency and Architecture
  5. Methodological Challenges to Complex Architectures and Multiple Agents
  6. Special Conference Stream on Nuclear Safety and Post-disaster Governance

More information.

Deadline: July 1, 2012

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