Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance & Call For Papers

Date of news: 23 November 2022

From October 24 until October 26 2023, the Radboud Conference on Earth System Governancewill be hosted in Nijmegen by Radboud University and the Earth System Governance Project (on-site, with optional virtual access and presentations). The conference is organized by the Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges (RCSC) and will be part of the University’s celebrations of its 100-year anniversary.

The 2023 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), Lund (2017), Utrecht (2018), Oaxaca (2019), Virtual Forum (2020), Bratislava (2021), and Toronto (2022).

In addition to five analytical lenses of the earth system governance research agenda, the 2023 Radboud Conference will feature a programmatic focus on bridging sciences and societies for sustainability transformations – in other words inter- and transdiscplinarity. The conference organizers therefore particularly invite inter- and transdisciplinary research teams and researchers, based in the global North and South, from different scientific disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as practitioners (e.g., policy makers, civil society, business actors, citizens groups) working on specific sustainability challenges related to e.g., water, energy, food, biodiversity, forests, climate change, oceans and pollution (see stream 6 below). We also invite proposals for innovative sessions joining scholars from different disciplines and/or scholars and practitioners. Together with panels featuring inter- and transdisciplinary research these innovative sessions can inform the further operationalization of inter- and transdisciplinarity in the context of the Earth System Governance 2018 Science Plan and Community. With this the conference is designed to have impact also beyond the event itself.

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for paper and full panel abstracts: 15 February 2023
  • Deadline for Innovative Sessions: 1 March 2023
  • Notification of acceptance and open registrations: 10 April 2023
  • Deadline for registration of presenters: June 30th
  • Full papers due: 15 September 2023

For more information, please visit the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance website.

Types of Proposals

Individual papers
We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 400 words that address either the main conference theme; one or more of the six conference streams; or any other topic that is relevant to the Earth System Governance Project. All abstracts will be anonymized and evaluated in double-blind peer-review by generally 3-4 members of our conference review panel.

Full panels
We also invite panel proposals that address the main conference theme; one or more of the six conference streams; or any other topic relevant to the Earth System Governance Project. Panel proposals will initially be reviewed in their entirety. Successful panels will be featured in the conference programme, and may receive comments for improving individual paper inputs. Abstracts that are part of unsuccessful panel proposals will be reviewed individually; when successful, they will be featured in other panels.

Innovative sessions
We also welcome proposals for non-traditional sessions, such as roundtables (which may include policy-makers, academics, and/or representatives of social movements and non-governmental organizations), policy games, book launches, outdoor activities, art exhibitions, and book seminars (that may discuss recently published academic works).
The Radboud 2023 ESG Conference especially encourages transdisciplinary innovative sessions, bringing together practitioners (e.g., policy makers, civil society groups, business actors, citizens groups) and scholars to discuss transdisciplinary approaches to accelerate sustainability transformations. Such innovative sessions are meant to:

  1. Discuss cross-cutting issues relevant for sustainability transformations more generally
  2. Reflect on transdisciplinarity

All Innovative Sessions proposals should include a description of the session (maximum 300 words) and a list of participants. Innovative Session Proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizers.

For more information, please visit the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance Call For Papers page.