How to govern a planet

UNSW Canberra Academics Involved: 
Professor Anthony Burke

The era of national governance in an increasingly globalised political arena has worked on certain levels, but for the environment the result has not been positive. Anthony Burke, a Professor of International Politics, has been concentrating his research focus on a solution to this problem. 

Burke has been developing a framework for what he calls ‘Global Ecological Governance’. It looks at the way international/environmental governance and law, and negotiations at a national level, deal with the looming ecological crisis of global warming. 

Burke’s ‘manifesto of planet politics’, originally intended to promote discussion amongst academics of international politics, is now being taught in courses around the globe and discussed at numerous conferences.  

His ideas are also being communicated to government and non-government organisations, as well as international law makers, around issues such as the burning and mining of coal, or around the potential to develop laws that define crimes against biodiversity. For such matters it’s vital to engage the public, business and government across numerous nations, he says.  

Because of the amount of ‘noise’ in this space, Burke and his colleagues have developed an engagement road map, a targeted strategy for engagement of interest groups. 

“We aim to get the academic work done within the next three years,” he says. “Then we have a ten-year timeframe for actively expanding engagement.”