The anthropogenic transformation of the earth system is diverse in its causes, consequences, and possible responses from local to global level and back; with a lot of possible conflicts ahead. But how to take care of the Earth when you are lost in the midst of analytical and normative uncertainty? How to rule the world as an interdependent integrated social-ecological system? Our current way of governance of the environmental change and earth system transformation seems to run short. Can we think of ways to improve our governance of the planet?
Prof dr. Frank Biermann
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 also chairs the Earth System Governance Project, a global transdisciplinary research network launched in 2009 under the auspices of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change, and since 2015 a part of the international research alliance “Future Earth”.
Biermann's current research examines multilateral institutions, options for reform of the United Nations, global adaptation governance, Sustainable Development Goals, the political role of science, global justice, non-state climate actions, and conceptual innovations such as the notion of the Anthropocene.
His most recent books are Earth System Governance: World Politics in the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2014) and Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation (MIT Press, 2017)
Many of his articles and papers can be downloaded for free at Academia.edu and Research Gate.