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With this email you are receiving the second issue of the early career communications. The aim of the early career communications is to share experiences and resources among early career research fellows of the Earth System Governance project.

In this email you find suggestions for online resources and list serves, tips and tricks for how to respond to reviewers, information on the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance, and more. 

Where to… find useful information?

You wonder how your fellow academics learned the rules of the game and how everyone is seemingly always aware of obscure conference calls and the latest job openings? Wonder no more, this brief is here to help! 

How to… respond to reviewers’ comments? 


In the life of every researcher comes a moment when their first (second, third, …) paper is, after many many hours of work, ready to be submitted to a journal. Then follows the long wait for a response with, hopefully, the reply that you may ‘Revise and Resubmit’. In this brief Jennifer Bansard and Carole-Anne Sénit walk you through the “R&R process” and provide useful tips on how to respond to reviewers’ comments.

Submit your paper for the Oran R. Young Prize


The Oran R. Young Prize will be awarded for the sixth time at the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance. The Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project seeks to reward and encourage cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars. Read more here and submit your paper by the 1st of October 2018 (to be eligible, your paper must be accepted for presentation at the 2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance).

You are invited: Virtual Town Hall Meeting 5 September 


Welcome to the first ever Earth System Governance Project Virtual Town Hall Meeting! The meeting is open to all members and will be held on 5 September at UTC 06.00 and 16.00 (two meetings to cover all time zones). The meeting will be held via GoToMeeting and will be open to all kinds of questions and discussions around current activities such as the new Science Plan, the Harvesting Initiative and the 2018 Utrecht Conference. Read more about the meeting and how to join here.

2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance


From 5-8 November 2018, the annual Earth System Governance conference will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This conference has a special status as it will focus on harvesting the many findings of our community over the last decade, combined with a bold outlook to the future and the next scientific challenges for earth system governance research. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to attend, and there will be welcome drinks to get to know each other the Sunday evening before the conference. You might also consider to join a Taskforce meeting on Thursday related to your area of research, which could be a great opportunity to build your professional network and meet future collaborators.  

Report of the Earth System Governance Research Trip 2018 (28 May - 2 June 2018)


During this second edition of the ESG research trip, a group of research fellows visited Earth System Governance research groups in Geneva, Utrecht, Wageningen and Amsterdam. Read their report here.

ECR activities in the Ocean Knowledge Action Network 


The Development Team of the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network (Future Earth project) will hold its second in-person meeting in Paris from 12-13th September 2018. The meeting will design an implementation strategy for the Ocean KAN and thus it will address, amongst other things, the operation of eight working groups (Knowledge Mobilization; Governance; Landscape mapping (matrix); Sustainable development goals; Fisheries crime; Coastal risks; Learning networks; PEGASuS/NCEAS); and a strategy for engagement of early career researchers with their operation. If you are interested to engage, please sign-up for the Ocean community at Future Earth’s Open Network, and/or drop an email to ESG’s Research Fellow member of the Ocean KAN Development Team, Dr. Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger.

NEWS from the early career network


  • Dhanasree Jayaram successfully defended her PhD thesis "Military Dimensions of Environmental Security: An Indian Perspective" on May 21, 2018. She joined Manipal Academy of Higher Education as Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-Coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies and University of Lausanne, Switzerland as a postdoc. Congratulations! 
  • Karsten Schulz got appointed as Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Well done! 
  • Marie Claire Brisbois will be joining the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University Of Sussex Business School as a Lecturer in Energy Policy. Congratulations on the new position!


Recent Publications by Research Fellows

Introducing New Research Fellows

Since January 2018, more than 40 new research fellows joined our network. Have a look at their website profile for more info and contact details.

Dr. Jesse Reynolds
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dr. Jesse Reynolds is a scholar of international environmental policy. He researches and teaches how society can develop norms, rules, and institutions to manage environmental problems, particularly those involving new technologies. Presently, his primary research focus is on climate engineering, a group of proposed methods to intentionally intervene in earth systems at large scales in order to counterbalance anthropogenic climate change.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek
University of Lapland, Finland

Malgorzata (Gosia) Smieszek is a researcher at the Marine Research Center at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) in Helsinki and at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland in Rovaniemi. In her research Gosia studies the effectiveness of international environmental regimes, Arctic governance and questions of science-policy interface. She is a co-chair of the polar oceans cluster of the ESG TaskForce on Oceans Governance.

Dr. Yu Yang
Sichuan Agricultural University, China and Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Yang Yu is a PhD researcher focusing on the sustainable development of rural China. His research focus on informal institutions, collective action and irrigation infrastructure, especially lineage institutions. Since 2011 he is conducting a tracked fieldwork of lineage informal institutions in rural China.

David Oersted Mirera
KMFRI, Kenya

Dr. David Oersted Mirera is a Senior Research Scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute.

Dr. Michelle Voyer
University of Wollongong, Australia

Michelle is a Vice Chancellors Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). Her research builds on a decade of experience in marine conservation public policy and planning within the Australian government system. Her current research is focused on the role of the private sector in oceans governance, particularly in relation to the emerging concept of a ‘Blue Economy’.

Dr. Romain Weikmans
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Romain Weikmans is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies on Sustainable Development of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is currently involved in the KLIMOS-ACROPOLIS inter-university consortium that aims at providing policy support to the Belgian Development Cooperation regarding the environmental and climate change dimensions of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Romain is also a lecturer and has written various academic papers and a book on climate change adaptation.

Dr. Pedro Henrique Torres
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Pedro Henrique C. Torres is a post-doc researcher at the Energy and Environment Institute (IEE) – University of São Paulo. His research interests range from a multidisciplinary approach focus in urban and environment issues, environmental sociology, to, most recently, the urban global climate governance and adaptation. During his career, he worked in several environmental organizations in the third sector, as well as at the Green and Environmental Secretariat of the City of São Paulo.

Muhammad Mumtaz
Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil

PhD Research Candidate in Public Administration and Government at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), Brazil and currently a PhD Visiting Scholar at University of Delaware, USA. His PhD research study investigates climate adaptation governance for agriculture sector at subnational level in Pakistan. 


Call for input

Would you like to contribute to the  Earth System Governance early career communications? Are you interested to record a podcast or write a blog? Do you have news or resources that you would like to share? Please contact the editors:  

Jennifer Bansard  
Ina Möller 
Carole-Anne Sénit  
Sandra van der Hel

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