Project COST

The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risks and Opportunities (TGEG-IS0802)

Duration: Jun 2008-October 2012

Coordinator: Dr. Philipp PATTBERG, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Principal investigator in SR: Dr. TatianaKluvánková-Oravská

Working team: Dr. Veronika Chobotová, Ing. Veronika Poklembová

Technical support: Zuzana Haringová

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Objectives

Governance for sustainability is one of the great current challenges for political decision- makers, in Europe and beyond. The vital question for European societies is to design effective, stable and legitimate governance systems at local, national and international levels that can ensure a co-evolution of nature and human societies under the overarching goal of sustainable development. This is the starting point of this Action on Transformation of Global Environmental Governance. The Action addresses the current transformation of global environmental governance that can be described as (i) increasing trans-nationalisation, that is, the growing relevance of public and private actors beyond national governments; (ii) increasing supra- and trans-governmentalisation, that is, growing relevance of transnational and supranational institutions; and (iii) increasing fragmentation, that is, increasing segmentation of the policy process through additional layers of decision-making and parallel regulatory systems. However, these transformations are not sufficiently understood. This Action is designed to address this situation as it focuses on the causes and consequences of the transformation of global environmental governance as well as on its effectiveness, legitimacy and robustness. This Action will also increase the ability of policy-makers, business representatives and civil society to understand and influence current environmental governance.

Activities

In 2010 Cost action successfully completed new book on Global Environmental Governance Beyond (editors: Frank Biermann, Philipp Pattberg and Fariborz Zelli) and submitted manuscript for MIT Press. Book  includes chapter :Kluvánková-Oravská T, Chobotová, V: Subnational – EU Interlinkages. The Challenge for Policy Convergences in Environmental Governance. The book offers a cutting edge assessment of policy options for future global environmental governance. It addresses three central issues concerning the legal and institutional architecture, the role of various non-state actors, and the need for adaptation to glovbal environmental  change. It provides an innovative interdisciplinary approach to assessing various policy options in global governance.

More information can be found at:

http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521190114

In 2011 within project COST Action IS0802 “Transformation of Global Environmental Governance”, WG 2 – Multi-level Governance of GEG, research team led by Dr. Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská and Dr Veronika Chobotová, organized international workshop: The role of New Approaches in Studying Sustainable governance: Experimental Research and Modeling of Governance Processes.
The workshop took place October 3-4, 2011. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Institute of Management, Slovak University of Technology and Virtual Scientific Laboratories (VSL) www.virtualsciencelab.org and it was the first action of the new Centre of Excellence for Strategic Analyses (CESTA).8 presenters from different European countries and US were at the workshop, and 47 participants from European academic community. The workshop was part of the visiting research of Prof Marco Janssen, the director of the Centre for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID) ate Arizona State University.
The workshop focused on common pool resource experiments in Virtual Experimental Economic Laboratory (VEEL). Laboratory mission is to increase innovative potential of economic research and the quality of graduate and postgraduate economic education in the Slovak Republic. The key purpose of VEEL lab is to create a platform for research and teaching in social science within the Slovak academic community. Existence of local experimental economic laboratory creates opportunity to expand region specific research projects, attract attention of young scholars to expand their carrier in their home country and contribute to the cost effective operation. http://www.prog.sav.sk/index.php?id=veel-en
The main, objective of the workshop was to demonstrate if and how experimental and modeling techniques can substantially contribute to environmental governance and the design of effective management strategies under the given complexity. The workshop targets at interdisciplinary researchers in the area of environmental governance, political sciences, psychology, sociology, philosophy and environmental sciences. It took the form of keynote lectures, lab sessions and the discussions. The workshop is the contribution to the debate on innovative ideas and challenges of multi-method application and collaborative research in interdisciplinary environmental research as being a part of open series of Training Institutes initiated by the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE).
In 2010 Cost action successfully completed new book on Global Governance for Sustainable Development, European Perspectives on New Actors, Mechanisms and Interlinkages (editors: Frank Biermann and Philipp Pattberg) and submitted manuscript for MIT Press. Book includes chapter :Kluvánková-Oravská T, Chobotová, V: Subnational – EU Interlinkages. The Challenge for Policy Convergences in Environmental Governance. The book offers a cutting edge assessment of policy options for future global environmental governance. It addresses three central issues concerning the legal and institutional architecture, the role of various non-state actors, and the need for adaptation to global environmental change. It provides an innovative interdisciplinary approach to assessing various policy options in global governance. The book will be published in 2012.
Veronika Poklembova has undertaken mobility (STSM) at the Lund University (October.-December, 2011).
Publications:
Kluvánková-Oravská, T., Chobotová, V. IN PRESS. Inter-linkages between sub-national and EU levels: the challenge for policy convergences in environmental governance. In Global Environmental Governance Revisited New Actors, Mechanisms and Interlinkages. Biermann, F., and P. Pattberg (eds). MIT Press.
Frank Biermann Contributing authors: Kenneth Abbott, Steinar Andresen, Karin Bäckstrand, Steven Bernstein, Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley, Benjamin Cashore, Jennifer Clapp, Carl Folke, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Andrew Jordan, Norichika Kanie, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, James Meadowcroft, Ronald B. Mitchell, Peter Newell, Sebastian Oberthür, Lennart Olsson, Philipp Pattberg, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Heike Schroeder, Arild Underdal, Susana Camargo Vieira, Coleen Vogel and Oran R. Young. 2011. Transforming governance and institutions for a planet under pressure. Revitalizing the institutional framework for global sustainability: Key Insights from social science research. Policy brief. Rio+20