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3 February 2012

From the Secretariat

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the first IHDP Networker in 2012! We are delighted to share with you the activities and developments in the IHDP research community in the last three months and give an outlook on some of the exciting events that lie ahead.

Warm greetings from the IHDP Secretariat

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Section: News

IHDP and Partners
Planet under Pressure Conference Update

IHDP and its conference co-organizers are happy to announce that 2,000 participants have registered for the event to date! Day passes will soon be available on the conference website for those interested in joining for a day or two. Keep watching this website for more information: Conference Registration.

Session time slots have been published here, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to look at the updated Plenary Speaker List lately, here’s the link.

730 people have joined us on Facebook with over 35,000 views/comments on our page. Watch the conference website for more information and join us on Facebook, Twitter and follow our Blog. We look forward to welcoming you to our conference in London! READ MORE...

Stay up to date with human dimensions news at the IHDP Community


IPBES survey complete

UNU-IHDP and UNU-ISP in collaboration with DIVERSITAS have been commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan to undertake a survey on the process of the new Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The survey, which closed on 31 January, reached out to natural and social scientists as well as relevant stakeholders to solicit their feedback in the nascent stages of the establishment of the platform. READ MORE...

Scientific Committee

19th IHDP Scientific Committee Meeting

Following the invitation of the Chair, Sir Partha Dasgupta, 33 scientists from across the globe are expected to participate in the annual meeting. Attendees include SC members and representatives of IHDP projects and partners. The main focus of the meeting will be the new initiative “Future Earth”, established by the Alliance of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations University (UNU).  READ MORE...


Earth System Governance Emerges in Academic Agenda

Earth system governance as a research object is quickly emerging, and as a consequence, the number of academic programmes on bachelor, master and doctoral level related to earth system governance steadily increases. The project also organizes, endorses and provides teaching to summer schools and capacity building events and programmes. Members of the Scientific Steering Committee and staff of the International Project Office also give guest lectures around the world. An overview of all Earth System Governance capacity-building and teaching activities is now available. READ MORE...


New Typologies of Urbanization in the Context of Global Change Workshop

Current patterns of urbanization are significantly different from historical trends (Seto et al., 2010) and urbanization now drives global environmental change and presents challenges and opportunities for sustainability (Grimm et al., 2008). At the same time, global environmental changes such a climate change and loss of ecosystem services present new challenges for urban sustainability. Yet despite the global importance of urbanization as a process and urban areas as places, the science and policy communities have few empirical measures with which to compare urban places and urbanization processes.  READ MORE...


U.S. Scientists call for integrated study of carbon cycle

The carbon cycle science community in the United States has recently finished its planning process for carbon cycle research for the upcoming decade. This reassessment of the U.S. carbon cycle science priorities was initiated by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) and Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group (CCSSG) in 2008. This planning process is culminating in the publication of the new U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan. The new Plan is intended to provide guidance for U.S. research efforts on the global carbon cycle for the next decade.  READ MORE...

Section: Events

Conference | IHDP
Planet Under Pressure 2012

26-29 March 2012
London, UK

The Planet under Pressure conference is a major international event focusing on responses to global sustainability challenges. Leading thinkers of global change research will present authoritative perspectives on the State of the Planet and offer recommendations to the Rio+20 Conference.  READ MORE...

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29 February-2 March 2012
Lüneburg, Germany

Leuphana Sustainability Summit

This conference will focus on the institutionalization of sustainability as a regulative idea. Key themes: insights about the role of transdisciplinarity for sustainability transitions, research gaps and how to fill these gaps.  READ MORE...

IHDP Secretariat

30 March 2012
London, UK

National Committees day at Planet Under Pressure

The European Alliance of Global Change Research Committees will be organising the 1-day meeting immediately following the Conference (30 March 2012). The event will be held at the Royal Society in London, UK.  READ MORE...


18-20 April 2012
Lund, Sweden

Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

This conference is part of a global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The Lund Conference will be the major environmental governance research event in 2012.  READ MORE...


ICRM annual Symposium
Singapore, 21 February 2012

CfA - Workshop on Climate Change Governance in the Asia-Pacific Region
Canberra, Australia, 14-16 March 2012

Conference on 'Beyond Carbon: Ensuring Justice and Equity in REDD+ Across Levels of Governance'
Oxford, United Kingdom, 23-24 March 2012

Risk Governance and Green Growth Workshop
Japan, 10 April 2012


Mark Your Calendar

COST Workshop: Global Environmental Risk Governance under Conditions of Scientific Uncertainty: Legal, Political and Social Transformations
Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2-3 May 2012

Resilience Cities 2012, 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change
Bonn, Germany, 12-15 May 2012

REAL CORP 2012: RE-MIXING THE CITY – Towards Sustainability and Resilience?
Schwechat, Austria, 14-16 May 2012

RegioResources Conference
Dresden, Germany, 21-23 May 2012

Adaptation futures: 2012 conference on climate adaptation
Tucson, Arizona, USA, 29-31 May 2012

Urban Environmental Pollution: Creating Healthy, Liveable Cities
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17-20 June 2012

Thor Heyerdahl Summer School on Global Environmental Governance
Aas, Norway, 25 June - 6 July 2012

CEU Summer School - Adaptive Thinking for Navigating the Anthropocene
Budapest, Hungary, 25 June - 6 July 2012


Other Human Dimensions Events

GEO BON Workshop: Essential Biodiversity Variables
Feb 27-29, 2012

Workshop: Tipping Points in Ecological Systems
Mar 05-07, 2012

Knowledge Gaps in Climate Change Research - How are you tackling it?
11-13 April 2012

The Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6)
16-22 April 2012

Environmental, socio-economic and climatic changes in Northern Eurasia and their feedbacks to the Global Earth System
22-27 April 2012

Bridging Ecosystem Science to Service and Stewardship
22-27 April 2012

Open Science Conference 2012
7-10 May 2012

Modes of Variability in the Climate System: Past - Present - Future
27 May - 1 June 2012

From data to knowledge, from knowledge to action
30 May – 2 June 2012

Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production
30 May - 2 June 2012

Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing
20-22 June 2012

Section: Calls

Thor Heyerdahl Summer School on Global Environmental Governance

Deadline: 15 February 2012

Noragric at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences will organize the second course of the Thor Heyerdahl Summer School series in Environmental Governance from June 25-July 6, 2012. The title of this course is 'Global Environmental Governance'. The course will focus on the frontiers of theory formation in the field of global environmental governance emphasizing both the earth systems dimension and the issue of international environmental agreements. Key note speakers will be Frank Biermann, Clive Spash and Oran Young. The summer school is directed towards PhDs. A few places will also be offered to young researchers in the field.  READ MORE...

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Call for Papers

Deadline: 1 April 2012

2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development

IHDP is endorsing the “2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development” as it will be the 11th conference in the well-established series of Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.  READ MORE...

Film submissions for Climate Fix Flicks competition
Deadline: 10 February 2012

APN Networking and Poster Session at 17th Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM) and Scientific Planning Group (SPG) Meeting
Deadline: 10 February 2012

iEMSs special session on Modelling responses to shocks in coupled socio-ecological systems
Deadline: 1 March 2012

A view towards Earth System models: Human-natural system interactions in the marine world
Deadline: 1 March 2012

IMBER ClimECO3 Summer School A View Towards Integrated Earth System Models: Human-nature Interactions in the Marine World
Deadline: 1 March 2012

Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers
Deadline: 9 March 2012

Deadline: 10 March 2012

First call for abstracts for the 19th ialeUK conference
Deadline: 9 April 2012

Section: Calls

Reconnecting to the Biosphere

Humanity has emerged as a major force in the operation of the biosphere, with a significant imprint on the Earth System, challenging social–ecological resilience. This new situation calls for a fundamental shift in perspectives, world views, and institutions.  READ MORE...

Folke, Carl, Åsa Jansson, Johan Rockström, Per Olsson, Stephen R. Carpenter, F. Stuart Chapin III, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Gretchen Daily, Kjell Danell, Jonas Ebbesson, Thomas Elmqvist, Victor Galaz, Fredrik Moberg, Måns Nilsson, Henrik Österblom, Elinor Ostrom, Åsa Persson, Garry Peterson, Stephen Polasky, Will Steffen, Brian Walker, and Frances Westley. 2011. Reconnecting to the Biosphere. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, 40:7: 719-738

Stay up to date with human dimensions publications at the IHDP Website

Article in Journal

Can gains in efficiency offset the resource demands and CO(2) emissions from constructing and operating the built environment?

This paper asks: 1) Do the land, material, and energy use efficiencies associated with the construction and operation of buildings increase over time? 2) Do the gains in resource use efficiencies offset the increases in resource demands due to the magnitude of urbanization?  READ MORE...

Güneralp, B., & Seto, K. C. (2012). Can gains in efficiency offset the resource demands and CO(2) emissions from constructing and operating the built environment? Applied Geography, 32(1), 40-50. Doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2010.11.011

Article in Journal


Involving the Public in Catchment Management: An Analysis of the Scope for Learning Lessons from Abroad

Scholars have tended to treat the European Union (EU) as an environmental ’leader’. Yet signi´Čücant potential nonetheless exists for it to learn lessons in areas such as water policy where it has a long and successful history of involvement.  READ MORE...

Benson, David, Andrew Jordan, and Dave Huitema. 2011. Involving the Public in Catchment Management: An Analysis of the Scope for Learning Lessons from Abroad. Environmental Policy and Governance.

Working Paper


Planetary Boundaries and Earth System Governance: Exploring the Links

This working paper discusses the concept of planetary boundaries that has been advanced by a group of leading experts around Johan Rockström.  READ MORE...

Biermann, Frank. 2011. Planetary Boundaries and Earth System Governance: Exploring the Links. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.18.

Article in Journal


Polycentric systems and interacting planetary boundaries — Emerging governance of climate change—ocean acidification—marine biodiversity

Planetary boundaries and their interactions pose severe challenges for global environmental governance due to their inherent uncertainties and complex multi-scale dynamics. This article explores the global governance challenge posed by planetary boundaries interactions.  READ MORE...

Galaz, Victor, Beatrice Crona, Henrik Österblom, Per Olsson, and Carl Folke. 2011. Polycentric systems and interacting planetary boundaries — Emerging governance of climate change—ocean acidification—marine biodiversity. Ecological Economics, in press.


Other Publications

Article in Journal | Effectiveness of international environmental regimes: Existing knowledge, cutting-edge themes, and research strategies

Report | Governance and Management - Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian definitions of the terminology

Section: Vacancies

Post Doc | Fenner School of Environment and Society
New Post-doc position for teaching and undertaking research in landscape-climate interactions

Seeking a motivated individual with a strong science background that enables them to teach, supervise research students and undertake research in the broad area of landscape-climate interactions and global biophysical systems. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of collaborative coursework programs in a vibrant work environment, and developing a program of research with new colleagues leading to quality research outcomes. Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in ecology, biogeography, climatology or similar, abilities in teaching and student supervision, and a record of quality research.  READ MORE...


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University of California, Irvine

Deadline: 30 March 2012

Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Chang

The Department of Earth System Science at UC Irvine is recruiting a tenure-track assistant professor in the human dimensions of global environmental change. The successful candidate will complement the Department's existing strengths in atmospheric, oceanographic, terrestrial, and cryospheric science.  READ MORE...


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Section: People

IHDP SC Members
Ruth Oniang'o and Dan Ariely join IHDP as Scientific Committee Members

We are starting the New Year with exciting news at IHDP as we announce the addition of two eminent scholars to the IHDP Scientific Committee: The Honorable Professor Ruth Oniang’o, and Professor Dan Ariely. Both Professors Oniang’o and Ariely will bring valuable insight and expertise to IHDP’s work in addressing the human dimensions of global change, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Committee.  READ MORE...


Leisl Neskakis

New Academic Officer at IHDP Secretariat

The IHDP Secretariat would like to cordially welcome the new Academic Officer, Dr. Leisl Joanne Neskakis, in the Secretariat Staff. If you are interested in more details on her professional background and responsibilities, please  READ MORE...

Peter Verburg
Giovana Espindola
Camille Nolasco

Incoming new Chair, Executive and Project Officer at GLP

The new IPO in Brazil and Peter Verburg, the new chair of GLP, will not only strengthen existing and new regional and thematic networks, but also lead GLP into a productive and exciting synthesis phase. Additionally, Harini Nagendra, Lin Zhen, Neville Crossman, Ole Mertz, Patrick Hostert, Erle Ellis also joined the project's Scientific Steering Committee.  READ MORE...

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson takes over as new ICSU Executive Director

Dr. Wilson comes to the helm of ICSU at a critical time for global environmental change. The IHDP community is looking forward to working with Dr. Wilson in making the Future Earth initiative a success for science and policy.  READ MORE...

Georgina Mace

Prof. Georgina Mace new Chair of DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee

"I am honoured to take over the Chairmanship of DIVERSITAS", said Georgina Mace. Georgina Mace is Professor of Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change.  READ MORE...

GLP | New GLP Scientific Steering Committee members

LOICZ | Welcome to new LOICZ chair and Scientific Steering Committee members

DIVERSITAS | Three new members in the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS

IHDP SC Member | Ilan Chabay has new affiliation

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