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The governance of socio-ecological systems


La gouvernance des systèmes socio-écologiques

Exploring the land-ocean continuum: coastal zones, river deltas, islands and wetlands

À la découverte du continuum terre-océan : zones côtières, deltas, îles et zones humides

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Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019


East China Normal University is hosting a Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES), which is a rapidly emerging issue in many environment related disciplines and especially sustainability science. The GOSES Summer School is organized together with the University of Reims and SENSE (Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment).



China is developing rapidly with significant impacts on the environment. At the same time, it is undergoing profound transformations that are meant to lead to the development of an ecological civilization. Countries throughout the world chose similar pathways towards sustainable development. This is pursued through a specific policies and concrete projects. How are they designed? How are they governed? Use-inspired and place-based research such as sustainability science plays a key role in this transformation. The third edition of the Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (GOSES) will focus on these questions and related ones. The previous editions featured prominently the challenge of studying socio-ecological systems where two or more resources, such as land and water, are featured prominently. This edition specifically aims at bringing together scholars from China, Europe and other parts of the world, who integrate knowledge on both land and water-centered socio-ecological systems, such as coastal zones, river deltas, islands and wetlands, particularly in the proximity of large cities, such as Shanghai. Particular attention will be paid to the processes through which integrated policies are developed, implemented and evaluated and to concepts such as telecoupling and teleconnection. Previous editions proved that there definitely is a critical mass of doctoral candidates, post-docs and young scholars out there in China, as well as in the rest of the world, who could benefit from a one-week intensive program. For the first time, the summer school will be organized in Shanghai, China. This will allow for the in situ observation of the Chongming Island, a socio-ecological system where the land-water continuum is prominent, which was subject to significant human intervention and which aims at becoming a world class eco-island.

The GOSES Summer School is designed not only for doctoral students, but also for post-docs and faculty members, who wish to further explore the governance of socio-ecological systems, discuss cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike, and develop specific skills such as presenting and discussing research, co-writing papers, modeling socio-ecological systems and performing fieldwork.

This edition aims at bringing together scholars who work on socio-ecological systems and are interested in its governance at different levels, from local to regional to global, and from different perspectives, including ecology, biology, agronomy, geography, planning, management, economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations and the emerging discipline of sustainability science. The specific focus of this edition will be the land-ocean continuum: coastal zones, river deltas, islands and wetlands. However, this edition may also be suitable for scholars working on other types of socio-ecological systems, who are interested in learning more about Chinese and European research on socio-ecological systems.

The program of the GOSES Summer School will feature not only in situ observation of the socio-ecological system of the Chongming island, where the land-water continuum is prominent and where local stakeholders are actively engaged in building an eco-island. Based on their observations, participants will also attempt to perform participatory research on the sustainability of this socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens.

The course will take place in an environment that favors mutual learning, exchange and conviviality, surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of Shanghai.


(see detailed program attached)


 Three modules in the morning – four hours each with a coffee break for each module:

  1. Understanding socio-ecological systems;
  2. Conceptualizing the governance of socio-ecological systems;
  3. Telecoupling of socio-ecological systems.


Three types of workshops in the afternoon facilitated by established scholars and young researchers – three hours each:

  1. Research seminars: presentation of the participants’ re- search projects to small groups and discussion led by a scholar;
  2. Science-policy lab: initiation to the co-writing of interdisciplinary papers or policy documents;
  3. Methods lab: initiation to qualitative and quantitative methods applied to socio-ecological systems, including modelling.


Participation in a fieldtrip to the Chongming island, which is a beautiful socio-ecological system nearby and performance of participatory research on the governance of this socioecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens. Based on the outcomes of this fieldtrip, a re- search paper will  be drafted jointly by interested participants and leading faculty with the aim of submitting it to peer reviewed scholarly journals such as Ecology & Society and Sustainability.


Participation in a final seminar on the governance of socio- ecological systems, which is aimed at wrapping up lessons learned from the GOSES Summer School, at identifying the cutting edge of research on the governance of socioecological systems and at discussing the way forward. A high level guest practitioner will deliver a keynote presentation.

Organizing Team

  • CAI Yongli, East China Normal University, China
  • CHURCH Jon Marco, University of Reims, France
  • CHEN Ruishan, East China Normal University, China
  • VAN DOMMELEN Ad, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • YE Chao, East China Normal University, China


The GOSES Summer School is hosted by East China Normal University in Shanghai, which is a beautiful, cutting-edge venue (www.ecnu.edu.cn). It will start on Sunday 7 July in the early afternoon and finish on Friday 12 July in the late morning. It is planned so to allow most participants to arrive and leave Shanghai on the same day.


The GOSES Summer School fees will cover all standard expenses except travel to Shanghai. Participants subscribing to the accommodation option will be hosted right next to the venue at the “Huhua Interna- tional Hotel” (http://79353.hotel.cthy.com/). Lunch will be provided at the venue. Local transport will be ensured by the organizers.

Practical information for participants


If you are interested in attending, you must inscribe yourself as soon as possible. Inscriptions have opened on 1 May 2019 and are on a first-come first-serve basis. The deadline for inscriptions is 15 June 2019, but inscriptions may be closed at an earlier date if full capacity is met. In this case, a waiting list will be created. We expect the program to fill quickly. Your enrolment will be confirmed upon receipt of your payment. Those who have already pre-registered please notice that you need to go through the inscription process and submit your payment in order for your participation to be confirmed. Inscriptions must be submitted through the following QR code or website:

http://internationalmeeting.ecnu.edu.cn/v2/index.php/publics/?code=a1bf6b43c05a46c3bac613b460d5687f (short URL: http://bit.do/eSdbE)

Deadline: 15 June 2019

More information can be find here: www.goses.ecnu.edu.cn


The tuition fee covers all standard costs related to the GOSES Summer School, except travel and accommodation. Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel to Shanghai. The organizers found a convenient accommodation solution near the venue at a student friendly price. All participants are of course most welcome to join in, but participants are free to find their own accommodation elsewhere, if they prefer. Local transportation, the fieldtrip, coffee breaks, lunches, planned drinks and three dinners are free of charge for all enrolled participants. The tuition fee and accommodation package need to be paid in advance.

Tuition: students: 2,000 Yuan (early bird) – 3,000 Yuan (full price); others: 3,000 Yuan (early bird)

– 4,000 Yuan (full price)

Accommodation: 1,250 Yuan (optional) (each night 250 yuan, a room will be shared by two par- ticipants)

Meals: 750 Yuan (includes all the breakfast, lunch, supper and tea break)

The following payment methods are available through the online system (you need to install the WeChat app on your mobile phone):

Credit card (UnionPay, Visa, MasterCard)


Unfortunately, the organizers are not in a position to offer scholarships to attend the GOSES Summer School. However, funding opportunities may be available from your university, government, as well as a host of private organizations, foundations and generous individuals. The organizers strive to maintain costs at an affordable level and ensure the highest value-for-money possible.


Huhua international hotel No.368 Jianchuan Road,

Wujin, Minhang, Shanghai, China, 200241 Phone: +86 (0)21 6450 8999

Webpage: http://79353.hotel.cthy.com/


  • East China Normal University, Minhang Campus - Jianchuan Rd, Minhang Qu
    Shanghai, China (200240)


  • Saturday, June 15, 2019

Attached files


  • socio-ecological system, politics, governance, continuum, land, ocean, coastal zone, delta, island, wetland


  • Jon Marco Church
    courriel : jon-marco [dot] church [at] univ-reims [dot] fr

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  • Jon Marco Church
    courriel : jon-marco [dot] church [at] univ-reims [dot] fr


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