Our People & Networks
Future Earth harnesses the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. This global community is spread over a series of networks and governing and advisory bodies, which include:
- Future Earth Governing Council
- Future Earth Advisory Committee
- Global Secretariat
- Global Research Projects
- Knowledge-Action Networks
The Governing Council of Future Earth is composed of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the STS forum and the World Meteorological Organization.
Beginning in 2018, the Advisory Committee will guide Future Earth as it enters the next phase in its evolution. The committee will provide advice to ensure that Future Earth’s research is of the highest quality. It will also aid the organisation in forming the links between science and society that are critical for transforming research into action. The Advisory Committee is led by co-chairs Leena Srivastava and Johan Rockström
The day-to-day operations of Future Earth are carried out by the Secretariat, which is based in five Global Hubs and in Regional Centres and Offices. The Global Hubs are located in Colorado, Montreal, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo.
Future Earth’s Regional Centres and Offices connect the programme to regions across the planet, helping to adapt our vision for local contexts and mobilise diverse regional innovators. They also ensure that regional priorities are integrated into the global mission of Future Earth. These networks cover Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and South Africa. The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is our strategic partner for the Americas.
National Networks for Future Earth are emerging across the globe. They empower and support communities of researchers and other experts to conduct and promote sustainability science in projects within their countries’ borders.
Global Research Projects
Future Earth sponsors 20 Global Research Projects that facilitate research on expert topics ranging from the air and ocean to biodiversity and sustainability policy.
Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Networks are collaborations that bring together researchers and experts in policy, business, civil society and more. They build the knowledge and tools the world needs to tackle key sustainability challenges, from the ocean to sustainable cities and planetary health.