Welcome to the
Transformative Global Environmental Governance Lab
The "Transformative global environmental governance lab" studies global environmental governance with a view to contribute to its transformation. Such transformation is urgently needed, given the current state of the environment around the world, despite often well-intentioned efforts by numerous societal actors to move towards sustainable development.
The lab is hosted by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) at George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia, and is led by Dr. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, who has studied and been involved in global environmental governance for over twenty years. The lab includes PhD and Master students at ESP and Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
The research of "the transformative global environmental governance lab" can be organized into four main focal areas. The first is Integrative Governance, a concept coined by Dr. Visseren-Hamakers, and defined as the theories and practices focused on the relationships between governance instruments and/or systems. Other focal areas are: transforming international biodiversity governance; learning from current governance instruments; and the relationship between animal and environmental governance.