Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GlobalGoals (Global Governance through Goals? Assessing and Explaining the Steering Effects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2020-04-30
GLOBALGOALS will address this puzzle and break new ground in sustainability and global governance theories. It offers the first and most comprehensive data compilation, network mapping and comparative institutional analysis of the evolution, effectiveness and future prospects of ‘global governance through goals’ as a central novel steering mechanism in world politics. This 5–year study programme deploys a unique set of cutting-edge methodologies, including social network analysis and online surveys, to assess and explain the steering effects of nine Sustainable Development Goals through a detailed investigation of their institutional arrangements and actor networks, at international and national levels. GLOBALGOALS makes a crucial knowledge contribution to both the theory of global sustainability governance and the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Two Postdocs have been hired, and their sub projects have started successfully.
A close team of faculty members at Utrecht University has been formed (not billed on the ERC).
An edited volume has been published, ARCHITECTURES OF EARTH SYSTEM GOVERNANCE, which lays parts of the conceptual groundwork of the project. All team members have publications in that volume, along with external collaborators. Publisher: Cambridge UP.
A conference with more than 1000 participants has been organised virtually on 9-11 June 2020. This was the major kickoff event for GLOBALGOALS.
In terms of outreach, we have a large network of international collaborators. with whom we will organise a next conference in early 2021 in Sussex.
We have a website and an active twitter handle, along with a newsletter.