Earthly entanglements: Politics in the Anthropocene

Wed 13 February 2019 to Thu 14 February 2019

Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

This conference is convened by Dr Jonathan Pickering and Professor John Dryzek

Humans are transforming the Earth at an increasingly rapid rate, so much so that many scientists believe that the planet has entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to produce new insights on questions such as:


  • How does the Anthropocene alter core challenges for governance, such as achieving justice, democratic legitimacy or sustainable development?

  • What sorts of barriers stand in the way of effective political responses to the Anthropocene, and how could those barriers be overcome?


Speakers include:

  • Anthony Burke (UNSW Canberra)

  • Pierrick Chalaye (UC)

  • Lisa Disch (University of Michigan)

  • John Dryzek (UC)

  • Jean-Paul Gagnon (UC)

  • Marit Hammond (Keele University)

  • Cristina Yumi Aoki Inoue (University of Brasilia)

  • Ida Kubiszewski (ANU)

  • Jo Mummery (UC)

  • Jonathan Pickering (UC)

  • Hedda Ransan-Cooper (ANU)

  • Lauren Rickards (RMIT University)

  • David Schlosberg (University of Sydney)

  • Tim Stephens (University of Sydney)

  • Lorrae van Kerkhoff (ANU)

  • Mary Walsh (UC)

  • Christine Winter (University of Sydney) 


Download the programme here

Download the flyer here


Contact: Jonathan Pickering


Hosted by the Centre for Deliberative Democracy, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra; co-sponsored by the Sydney Environment Institute; supported by the Earth System Governance Project.

2015 Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance

Mon 14 December 2015 to Wed 16 December 2015

Australian National University

This conference is convened by Frank Biermann, John Dryzek, Lorrae van Kerkhoff and Kyla Tienhaara.


This is the 6th Conference on earth system governance. Previous conferences have been held in Amsterdam (2009), Berlin (2010), Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013) and Norwich (2014). The Conference will bring 250-300 leading researchers, early career scholars and policy experts from around the world to the Australian National University to engage in discussions on critical issues in social science governance research on the environment and sustainable development. ‘Democracy and Resilience in the Anthropocene’ is the Conference's overarching theme. Resilience and the Anthropocene are increasingly prominent in contemporary narratives of global environmental change, with important implications for how we think about governance. Can democratic politics at the local, national and global level rise to the challenges that these concepts present? Are the types of governance they appear to promote desirable? What are the consequences of non-democratic politics or polities for resilience, and for transitions and transformations towards more sustainable futures? 


The Canberra Conference on Earth System Governance will be a lively forum for hundreds of scientists to examine, explore and challenge some of the core ideas underlying earth system governance.

Further information, please see here.

Participation, Deliberation and Governance in China

Thu 8 November 2012 to Fri 9 November 2012

Australian National University

This conference is convened by Dr Beibei Tang and Professor John Dryzek


Speakers include:

  • Minxin Pei 

  • Baogang He 

  • Lianjiang Li

  • Youxing Lang

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Global Democracy Conference

Thu 4 August 2011 to Fri 5 August 2011

Australian National University

This conference is convened by Professor John Dryzek


Speakers include:

  • Walter Baber (California State University-Long Beach)

  • Robert Bartlett (University of Vermont)

  • James Bohman (St. Louis University)

  • Robert Goodin (The Australian National University)

  • Carol Gould (City University of New York)

  • John Keane (University of Sydney)

  • Terry Macdonald (Monash University)

  • David Schlosberg (University of Sydney)

  • Steve Vanderheiden (The Australian National University and University of Colorado)

  • Scott Wisor (The Australian National University)


Download the programme here.

Democratizing Climate Governance Conference

Thu 15 July 2010 to Fri 16 July 2010

Australian National University


Dialogue across difference: Governance in multicultural era

Mon 4 December 2006 to Wed 6 December 2006

Australian National University