The conference “Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene” addresses questions of equity, justice, and fairness in environmental governance as well as transformative pathways towards sustainability. The call for papers draws on the analytical concepts of access and allocation, architecture, agency, adaptiveness, and accountability which structure the Earth System Governance Project (ESG). This scientific network is one of the co-organizers next to the University of East Anglia and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.


The anthropocene: skyglow in New York, for instance, influences the surrounding ecosystem.

(Picture by Charliebrown7034, wikipedia)

For the conference, the “anthropocene” therefore further expands the list of words starting with “a” applied in the ESG community. The term is based on the understanding that the current epoch is characterized by a very specific human-environment relationship during which human activities are a crucial influence on environmental processes.

The conference takes place on July, 1-3, 2014 at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. The deadline for the call for papers is November 15, 2013. If the piece is accepted for the conference, early-career papers can also be submitted for the Oran R. Young Prize until May 15, 2014.