New Directions in Climate Policy and Governance: Polycentricity in Action?


‘Complexity is not the same as chaos,’ said Elinor Ostrom in her Nobel address in December 2009.

Inogov Cost action accepts her message and the research challenge by addressing the complexity of human-environmental interactions in the global arena. The Workshop New Directions in Climate Policy and Governance endorsed by Earth System Governance expanded the dynamic concept of polycentric governance to climate change policy and governance innovations.  The workshop and MC meeting held on June 1-3, 2016 was hosted by the joint Centre of Excellence SPECTRA at the Slovak University of Technology, the Faculty of Management Comenius University Bratislava, and the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences and CETIP Network- collaborative research platform and Earth System Governance Research Centre.

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The Bratislava meeting was opened by Action chair Andy Jordan and Tatiana Kluvankova the meeting host.


Polycentric governance is today seen as a promising social innovation for navigating human decisions in the global era, as highlighted by the President of the Slovak University of Technology Robert Redhammer in his welcome address to 60 members of the Inogov community.


Marco A. Janssen, Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, Arizona State University, in his key note introduced polycentric governance as a viable alternative to regulatory top-down governance, providing examples such as energy policy in the USA and water governance in Mexico and India.


Victor Galaz, Deputy Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, has contributed to the discussion on complexity and polycentric governance in the Anthropocene, in particular the need to understand large-scale polycentric governance and the interface between natural and social sciences.

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Panel discussion with panelists Marco Janssen, Victor Galaz and Paula Castro concentrated on the following question: “This house believes that the 2015 Paris Summit was a continuation of the status quo, not a step change in the governance of climate change.

6. greeninfrastrcuture

Experimenting with the Commons’  - innovative session demonstrated the role of common pool resource experiments originally developed  by Elinor Ostrom for testing the key variables of behavioral change to sustainability, with participation in four pilot games jointly organized by the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment at Arizona State University (, and the laboratory of experimental social sciences (VEEL) at the CE SPECTRA and CETIP Network  (


Climate Policy and Polycentric Governance tour in Bratislava hosted by SPECTRA under the leadership of Maros Finka and Maria Kozova.


Participants could see the effect of climate change on local wine production as part of a tour organized by the CETIP Network.


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