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The Department of Political Science host for Earth System Governance research center

Earth System Governance (ESG) is the largest international social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The network aims to explore political solutions and new, more effective, mechanisms to cope with today's environmental problems.

Stockholm University is since June research center of ESG with the Department of Political Science being the host.

Porträttbild på Karin Bäckstrand, professor i samhällsvetenskaplig miljöforskning.
Karin Bäckstrand.

“We are very happy that the Department of Political Science and Stockholm University are now an ESG research center. ESG is one of the most important social science research networks around global environmental problems,” says Karin Bäckstrand, professor of social science environmental research at the Department of Political Science. “It will also mean a lot to our young researchers who can participate in the network's graduate schools and other activities.”


Seminar on global environmental diplomacy

The research network regularly organizes conferences and on 9 September the Bratislava conference will be held. There, the Department of Political Science is responsible for a seminar entitled “50 years of multilateral diplomacy on environment and sustainable development. Taking stock and moving forward.”

In 2022, it will be 50 years since the UN's first environmental conference was organized. It took place in Stockholm and therefore, the Swedish government will organize a new environmental conference in early June next year to celebrate this and follow up on what has happened since 1972.

“The seminar we arrange is a discussion about global environmental diplomacy and what will happen when Sweden hosts a new environmental conference. The speakers have all researched the Stockholm Conference in 1972 and its significance for the UN's environmental work,” says Karin Bäckstrand.

You can watch the seminar live here.

It is also possible to watch it afterwards on ESG's Youtube channel.

Learn more about Earth System Governance on their website.