Agni Kalfagianni

New Directions Coordinating Lead Author and Coordinator Research Centre Utrecht
Utrecht University, The Netherlands


In this Professional Development podcast, host Alistair Edgar is joined by Agni Kalfagianni to discuss the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance and the associated Winter School on Earth System Governance. The conference will be held 5–8 November 2018, and the Winter School will be held 31 October to 4 November 2018. Combining elements of the past and of the future, the conference is built around six main streams: Architectures of Earth System Governance; Agency in Earth System Governance; Accountability, Legitimacy and Democracy in the Anthropocene; Allocation, Access and Equity in Earth System Governance; Adaptiveness, Resilience, and the Transformation of Earth System Governance; and Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Earth System Governance. The conference itself will launch a new science plan that is part of the new directions initiative, and seeks to harvest the main findings of the community over the last decade while also providing a bold outlook to the future. The conference will provide the intellectual momentum and networking to carry forward to the next year and hopes to inform policy through research efforts.

2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, 5–8 November 2018
The 2018 Utrecht Conference stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance, from Amsterdam (2007 and 2009) to Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), Nairobi (2016), and Lund (2017). In this long-standing event series, the Utrecht Conference will have a special status: in 2018, the Earth System Governance Project’s current Science and Implementation Plan will be replaced by a new 10-year science plan; and new, enthusiastic leadership will take over the helm of our project. (read more)

  • Application deadline: 19 March 2018

Winter School, 31 October – 4 November 2018
The 2018 Utrecht Winter School on Earth System Governance is designed to function as an incubator for early career researchers working with the new earth system governance research agenda. The aim is to critically reflect on the new research agenda and start taking it forward by facilitating early career researchers’ work connected to this agenda. (read more)

  • Application deadline: 16 April 2018

Earth Governance System
Earth System Governance — a global research alliance, is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance research alliance takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of the planet. The normative context of this research is sustainable development; earth system governance is not only a question of institutional effectiveness, but also of political legitimacy and social justice. (read more)

Dr. Agni Kalfagianni is Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Global Governance at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development. She specializes in the development of rules and standards for sustainability by businesses and civil society organisations, and examines the effectiveness, legitimacy, and ethical considerations of private forms of governance. She is (co)Editor-in-Chief of the Global Environmental Governance book series by Routledge, and member of the Editorial Board of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and Agriculture and Human Values journals. Her work has appeared in numerous international peer-reviewed journals including Global Environmental Change, Journal of Business Ethics, Globalizations, and edited volumes with major university presses, such as the MIT Press.