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SEI News: SEI researchers awarded Partnership Collaboration with Utrecht University

What possibilities does ‘planetary thinking’ hold for reimagining environmental justice and governance?

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Researchers affiliated with the Sydney Environment Institute and the Laureate Program in International History have been a awarded a Partnership Collaboration with colleagues at Utrecht University’s Strategic Programmes ‘Pathways to Sustainability’ and ‘Institutions for Open Societies’.

Commencing later this year, the collaboration aims to establish an innovative project on environmental justice and governance by incorporating the emerging phenomenon of ‘planetary thinking’ to forge a new direction for scholarship on the global challenges of climate change.

Bringing together experts in governance, sustainability, history, institutions, and environmental justice, the project will explore new ways of thinking about the basic concepts and institutions that govern – or misgovern – our relationship with the environment.

SEI Co-Director Professor David Schlosberg, Associate Professor Susan Park, Professor Glenda Sluga, and Dr Sabine Selchow will collaborate with a team of researchers from Utrecht University, led by Professor Frank Biermann.

By building upon, and extending the scope of relations between scholars in Sydney and Utrecht, the partnership collaboration aims to pave the way for innovative, multiscale understandings of the environmental problems around institutions, justice and governance.

The project is designed around two events, one research meeting in Utrecht at the conclusion of the Earth Systems Governance Conference on 5-8 November 2018, and one more extensive academic workshop in Sydney in mid-2019 (to be announced).

The research meeting in Utrecht will set the parameters of the project by identifying the intersection between environmental justice, governance, institutions, sustainability, and ‘planetary thinking’.

The Sydney workshop will conclude with planning for publications and public outreach, as well as the development of ongoing future research collaborations, including exchanges and collaborative grant proposals.

The project aims to establish an ongoing research agenda on the value of the concept of ‘planetary’, and a basis for continued research on its implications for environmental governance, institutions, and justice.

Keep an eye out for more information on the project in the lead up to the Sydney workshop in 2019.