Kudos to Andrea Gerlak, Meg Mills Novoa, and Alison Elder for work on new book.

Feb. 22, 2020

Ph.D. students Meg Mills Novoa and Alison Elder contributed chapters to a new book edited by Associate Professor Andrea Gerlak, Agency in Earth System Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts on the Earth system. This volume synthesizes a decade of multidisciplinary research into how diverse actors exercise authority in environmental decision making, and their capacity to deliver effective, legitimate and equitable Earth system governance. Actors from the global to the local level are considered, including governments, international organizations and corporations. Chapters cover how state and non-state actors engage with decision-making processes, the relationship between agency and structure, and the variations in governance and agency across different spheres and tiers of society. Providing an overview of the major questions, issues and debates, as well as the theories and methods used in studies of agency in earth system governance, this book provides a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in environmental governance. 

The chapters they authored include: 

1. Introduction: Agency in Earth System Governance pp 3-24 
By Michele M. Betsill, Tabitha M. Benney, Andrea K. Gerlak, Calum Brown, Sander Chan, Okechukwu Enechi, Ronald B. Mitchell, Ina Möller, James J. Patterson, Michelle Scobie, Sandra van der Hel, Oscar E. Widerberg 
4. How Geographies and Issues Matter in ESG–Agency Research pp 52-62
By Andrea K. Gerlak, Megan Mills-Novoa, Alison Elder, Okechukwu Enechi, Pritee Sharma, Kanak Singh 

5. Power(ful) and Power(less): A Review of Power in the ESG–Agency Scholarship pp 65-72 
By Andrea K. Gerlak, Thomas R. Eimer, Marie-Claire Brisbois, Megan Mills-Novoa, Luuk Schmitz, Jorrit Luimers, Paivi Abernethy 

15. Conclusion: Policy Implications of ESG–Agency Research and Reflections on the Road Aheadpp 183-197.
By Andrea K. Gerlak, Michele M. Betsill, James J. Patterson, Sander Chan, Tabitha M. Benney, Marie-Claire Brisbois, Thomas R. Eimer, Michelle Scobie 

You can find the book through Cambridge University Press