Center for Governance and Sustaininability

 University of Massachusetts Boston

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COVID-19 and Global Governance

Covid-19 has exposed the inadequacy of 20th-century global governance, say Maria Ivanova and Amy Luers.

READ about the Interconnected world needs ways to turn alarm bells into action.



Dr. Ivanova reflects on the impact of Earth Day 50 years later. 

Featured: in the April 19, 2020 - Boston Sunday Globe 




Originally published on

The Conversation


  Dr. Ivanova interviewed for Earth Day

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50 years of Earth Day!

Read Dr. Ivanova's newest article

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New Publication

"As humanity’s size and impact on the planet grows, so too do the risks we face... To address this, we need to open the dialogue on risk to a diversity of voices, allowing us to assess a complex issue from multiple perspectives. Ultimately, we strive to enrich our understanding of risks through dialogue and to move the global narrative towards common solutions. We hope this report, and future iterations, will help move us forward on this path."

Share your Voice


How do you see the future and how has your perception of risk changed in light of the current #COVID-19 crisis? 


Share your perspective.


Take this 15-min survey from @FutureEarth & @Grantham_IC

#sparktheconversation #sustainabilitydigitalage

Everyone, everywhere:

The global challenge

of climate change

Read Dr. Ivanova's book review for the journal, NatureDr. Ivanova highlights the vastly different perspectives of climate change in the books:


The Future We Choose:

Surviving the Climate Crisis


Climate Change and the Nation-State:

The Realist Case.

April 1st marks the birthday of Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

As the founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, Maathai fought for human rights and environmental conservation.


She empowered the community and women, in particular, to take action against deforestation and reduce poverty in Kenya through a grassroots tree-planting program that became the Green Belt Movement. 

Although Maathai left us in 2011, her passion and Movement remain. As we remember Wangari Maathai for her birthday, we celebrate her legacy and the example she set for all of us.

Happy Birthday and you are missed!

An interview with Dr. Ivanova on threats to humanity

"We have a duty to hope and a responsibility to act. And that responsibility is particularly urgent for governments and international organizations." 

Boston Harbor brings ashore

a new enemy:

Rising seas

"Half of Boston is built on landfill, and the city’s thriving downtown faces the threat of frequent flooding from the harbor because of rising sea levels."

Vision Statement

Our vision is to establish a leading intellectual hub that connects scholars and practitioners worldwide, linking analytical rigor and policy action on issues of environment, development, and sustainability governance.


Center for Governance & Sustainability

UMass Boston

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University of Massachusetts Boston
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Boston, MA 02125 USA


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