Appropriate Governance of Global Commons: Impact through Mobilising R&I Efforts

  • Jennifer Cassingena Harper (Autor)
  • Luke Georghiou (Vortragender)
  • Keith Smith (Vortragender)
  • Cristiano Cagnin (Vortragender)
  • Luk Van Langenhove (Vortragender)
  • Wasserbacher, D. (Vortragender)
  • Philine Warnke (Vortragender)
  • Kerstin Cuhls (Vortragender)

Aktivität: Vortrag ohne Tagungsband / VorlesungPräsentation auf einer wissenschaftlichen Konferenz / Workshop


The concept of the global commons refers to resource domains that fall outside national jurisdiction, and to which all nations have legal right of access. Five are recognized by international law: the Atmosphere, Outer space; Antarctica; the Deep Seabed and the High Seas. Other natural phenomena such as the permafrost and tropical rain forests share many characteristics in terms of their ecological significance but do not have the same formal recognition of global governance. Other domains such as scientific knowledge and digital space also share characteristics with the geophysical commons listed above. For the natural systems that make up the biosphere, the five domains cited above are necessary to and accessible by all, yet are beyond the jurisdiction of local, regional or national governments. As resource domains in which common pool resources are found, the physical commons in particular are fragile and vulnerable. There is potential for overuse to mis-use and/or over- exploitation through human activity, by both state and non-state actors, resulting in irreversible damage to the environment/ecology. Ongoing geopolitical developments, in particular the division caused by the war in Ukraine and its fallout, and growing concerns over strategic autonomy, have made global consensus more difficult. The security perspective - strategic access and use of these resource domains for military/commercial purposes puts pressure on their status. This is primarily due to a weak and insufficiently specified legislative framework and the lack of an effective monitoring and enforcement capability, to discourage rogue behaviour.
These developments highlight the need for exploring appropriate forms of global governance or stewardship,
to ensure responsible (sustainable) management to benefit present and future generations. The presentation
describes how foresight scenarios were used to explore possible futures for the global commons, on a timescale
to 2040.
Zeitraum15 Juni 2023
EreignistitelEU SPRI conference 2023
OrtBrighton, Großbritannien/Vereinigtes KönigreichAuf Karte anzeigen

Research Field

  • Societal Futures


  • foresight
  • global commons
  • R&I