Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Registration for Vienna Energy Forum 2017 now open!





Mark your calendars and join us at Vienna Energy Forum 2017 in Vienna, Austria on 9 - 12 May 2017 , to engage in a dynamic and critical debate that will shape the future energy landscape.


Register now


With the theme "Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement", VEF 2017 will highlight the multiplier effects of integrated approaches for sustainable development at the national, regional and global levels. The Forum will also accentuate the potentials of the sustainable energy NEXUS - linking energy to water, food and health - as well as INNOVATION as a global driver for accelerated sustainable growth. The Forum will continue to be the global high level platform for discussing the pivotal sustainability challenges of our age, and the catalytic role of energy in achieving inclusive and sustainable development.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Vienna  Energy  Forum


For more information, please contact us at vef2017@unido.org or visit https://viennaenergyforum.org.




VEF 2017 Secretariat
Department of Energy
United Nations Industrial Development Organization




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Norwegian University of Life Sciences has an opening for a fully funded PhD fellowship

Norwegian University of Life Sciences has an opening for a fully funded PhD fellowship in 'Norms and knowledge in global environmental politics': https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/134489/phd-fellowship-in-international-environment-and-development-studies-norms-and-knowledge-in-global-environmental-politics-ref-no-17-01090


Please feel free to share this call  with interested candidates.


Many thanks and best regards,




Dr. Katharina Glaab

Associate Professor, Global Change and International Relations

Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric

Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NMBU

PO. Box 5003, NO-1432 ├ůs, Norway

Last Call: Sustainability and Social Science Research Symposium - Registration deadline: March 30, 2017


The final deadline for registration is March 30, 2017. 


A preliminary program has been posted to the conference website and includes a wide range of symposium papers and plenary sessions including a panel of sustainability program officers from 5 foundations.  Please direct program questions to John Callewaert, jcallew@umich.edu.  While the deadline for abstracts/papers has passed, conference organizers are still receiving expressions of interest for posters through the registration deadline – simply complete the registration and select "Display" when prompted to answer about intended participation. 



Housing options can be found on the conference website.  To receive hotel symposium rates, rooms must be reserved by the dates noted on the website.  Also, a limited number of rooms are still available through University Housing at a rate of US$58.50 per night.   

 Use the following link to access the symposium website for registration, program information, and accommodations:  https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/michigan2017.html

2017 Call for applications for an IPCC Scholarship Award

2017 Call for applications for an IPCC Scholarship Award

The IPCC will accept applications for an IPCC Scholarship Award from PhD students that have been enrolled for at least a year or are undertaking post-doctoral research. Applicants should be citizens of a developing country with priority given to students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Each scholarship award is for a maximum amount of 15,000 Euros per year for up to two years during the period 2017-2019.
Applications are encouraged for, but not limited to climate-relevant research in the following fields of study:

  • underlying science of climate change
  • climate and water
  • climate and oceans
  • socio-economic modelling related to climate change
  • regional climate change, vulnerability, impacts and adaptation
  • attaining the goals of the Paris Agreement
  • synergies between adaptation and mitigation
  • and climate solutions in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs)


The aim of the IPCC Scholarship Programme is to build capacity in the understanding and management of climate change in developing countries by providing opportunities for young scientists from developing countries to undertake doctoral studies.    Applications submitted by students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are given priority.

To obtain more information, please email or visit the IPCC scholarship Facebook page:
Programme Officer
Tel.: +41(22) 730 8438

CfP 2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

Call for Papers

2017 Lund Conference 
on Earth System Governance


Allocation & Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World

Lund University, Sweden, 9-11 October 2017


We invite you to submit abstracts for the Lund Conference on Earth System Governance to be held 9-11 October 2017 in Lund, Sweden.

Key Dates


·         Deadline for paper abstracts: 20 March 2017 (extended deadline!)

·         Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2017

·         Full papers due: 20 September 2017

·         Conference dates: 9-11 October 2017

The conference is part of the global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The first Earth System Governance conference was held in Amsterdam in December 2009, followed by Fort Collins (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), and Nairobi (2016). The 2017 conference will take place in Lund, Sweden. The Lund Conference on Earth System Governance is hosted by Lund University and jointly organized by the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and the Earth System Governance Project.

Conference Theme

The 2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance will address the overarching theme of 'Allocation and Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World'. This theme acknowledges the multiple crises faced across the world and the uneven distribution of their impacts. A recent report from Oxfam suggests that the richest 1% of the world's population now has as much wealth as the rest of the other 99% combined. Similarly, climate change and the challenges of mitigation and adaptation are driving further inequalities across the world. In addition, climate change implies an unprecedented intergenerational dimension because of the long lags between emissions, on the one hand, and climate change impacts on the other. However, inequality is far more complex than simply wealth distribution and climate change impacts. Earth system governance must address the entire spectrum of environmental, social and political inequalities. 

This leads to the fundamental questions of 'who gets what, when, where and how'. Different disciplines refer to this challenge differently: lawyers speak of equity, economists of distribution, resource analysts of access, political scientists of fairness, and sociologists of social justice. In earth system governance research, we refer to this as the analytical problems of 'allocation and access'. In this line of inquiry, we are particularly interested in outcomes, pathways and reallocation in governance. Given the clear impetus for a drastic change in earth system governance in the coming decades and the key challenges faced by many countries politically, socially and environmentally, matters of allocation and access will continue to be crucial questions in the coming decades.

Conference Streams

The conference theme 'Allocation and Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World' will be addressed in five thematic streams:

·         Environmental justice in earth system governance

·         Conceptual understandings and progress

·         Science and activism

·         Theory and methodology

·         Earth system governance in turbulent times

Stream 1: Environmental justice in earth system governance
We understand that governance structures and decisions affect the allocation of, and access to, environmental benefits and burdens. Impacts of global environmental change are experienced differently at the local level and are neither borne nor distributed equally within groups in society. Environmental quality has become closely tied to human equality through environmental justice. Environmental injustices pose significant governance challenges at the international, national and local levels and ultimately lead to widespread inequalities in society and across generations. In this stream, we invite contributions that address the procedural and distributional aspects of earth system governance. How does earth system governance across scales affect allocation and access of environmental benefits and burdens? Who is accountable for environmental justice and at what levels? What constitutes a just distribution of collective goods in a democratic society?

Stream 2: Conceptual understandings and progress
The 2017 conference will continue the discussion of our 2016 Nairobi conference on inequality and will now focus on conceptual understandings and progress on inequality in allocation and access. Inequality has many dimensions that range from procedural access and democratic aspects of legitimacy, transparency and accountability to consequences like distributive injustice or imbalances of environmental, social and economic outcomes. In this stream we return to some of the foundational questions of the Earth System Governance Science Plan: What is the relevance of questions of allocation and access to earth system governance? How can we reach agreement on interdisciplinary conceptualizations and definitions of allocation and access? What are the normative issues at stake in the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice in earth system governance? What (overarching) principles underlie governance of allocation and access? How can allocation and access be reconciled with governance effectiveness?

Stream 3: Science and activism
An exciting new focus of the 2017 conference is to draw attention to the bifurcation between science and activism. In the era of 'alternative facts' and post-truth politics, arguably science has a more active role to play in engaging with political, social and environmental reforms. Social movements are emerging as a global force for social change and democratization, and the role of research and researchers deserves our attention. This stream invites deliberations on the role of science in politics. What is the role of science as such and the individual scientist in civic engagement and collective action? What are the strategies for science to engage more meaningfully with activism? Can engagement in activism undermine scientific credibility? What is the professional responsibility we have to use our scientific knowledge in the face of increasing global inequality and rapid environmental change?

Stream 4: Theory and Methodology
Theoretical and methodological pluralism is a part of earth system governance research, drawing from the social sciences as well as interdisciplinary approaches at the interface of social and natural sciences. In the context of an increasingly warming and unequal world, there is a challenge for theory and methodology development to address both sustainability and environmental justice while maintaining scientific quality and rigor. In this stream we seek to create a platform for the earth system governance community to engage in such theoretical and methodological inquiry. What theories are relevant for earth system governance in the current context? What are the most promising and innovative approaches to researching allocation and access across multiple scales of governance?

Stream 5: Earth system governance in turbulent times
With the rapid political, social and environmental changes currently occurring, we have seen new words entering the earth system governance lexicon, including political terms like Brexit, 'alternative facts', 'Trumpism' or 'post-factual', but also new terms stemming from the science community, such as Anthropocene. The shifting landscape of governance opens areas for new research as earth system governance must adapt to turbulent times, recognizing the extraordinary degree of harm that is possible, and that current governance systems might not be fully prepared for. We therefore invite papers that especially address this challenge. For example, what theoretical concepts, frameworks, and methodologies can be used to analyze and understand the current social, political and environmental landscape? In what ways do innovations or changes in governance arrangements produce more or less accountable, adaptive, accessible and equitable processes/outcomes? How is the agency of different actors shaping allocation and access in the Anthropocene?

In addition to these five thematic streams, we also welcome papers relevant to earth system governance in general.
Types of Proposals

Individual papers
We invite submissions of abstracts of 400 words (or less) that address either the main conference theme; one or more of the five conference streams; or any other topic that is relevant to the Earth System Governance Project. Submissions are welcome through the conference website -

All abstracts will be anonymized and evaluated in double-blind peer-review by generally five members of our conference review panel.

Full panels
In addition, we invite Panel proposals that address the main conference theme; one or more of the five conference streams; or any other topic relevant to the Earth System Governance Project. Submissions are welcome through the conference website -

Panel proposals must include a description of the panel (300 words or less), 4-5 abstracts (each 400 words or less), as well as the name of a chair and a discussant. Please note that all paper abstracts will be evaluated individually in the general double-blind peer-review of the conference, with the possible outcome that only some papers submitted for a panel might eventually be accepted. Only panels with three or more accepted papers will be included in the programme.

Innovative sessions
We also welcome proposals for non-traditional sessions, such as roundtables (which may include policy-makers, academics, or representatives of non-governmental organizations), policy games, book launches, and book clubs (that may discuss recently published academic works in the field). All non-traditional sessions can be proposed directly to the conference organizers by e-mail: 
ipo@earthsystemgovernance.org. Proposals should include a description of the session (1 page) and a list of participants. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizers and members of the local advisory committee.

In addition, the conference will provide space for side-events or back-to-back meetings of Task Forces, Affiliated Projects, or other relevant meetings.

Additional Information

Please note that while there is no limit on the number of submissions, individuals will only be permitted to present, at a maximum, 2 papers.

The organizers are undertaking all efforts to secure travel support for participants who are based at institutions in developing countries. To the extent that travel funds are available, they will be disbursed on merit basis according to the relative ranking of the abstract. Acceptance of a paper for presentation does not guarantee travel support.

Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the conference website at 

We look forward to welcoming you to Lund!

Vasna Ramasar, Conference Chair (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)