About Summer School

Date: July 7th, 2019  —July 12th, 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).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.(If you want to see information about expenses, accommodation, transportation, etc, please download PDF)

Organizing Team



CHURCH Jon Marco         HABITER, University of Reims, France

Jon is associate professor at the University of Reims and visiting scholar at the IUAV University Venice. His research focuses on the international governance of ecosystems. He is the author of the forthcoming book Ecoregionalism: Analyzing Regional Environmental Agreements and Processes. He also serves UNDP and the EU, working on integrated water resources management and regional integration. From 2009 to 2010, he was Ruffolo Fellow in sustainability science at the Har-vard Kennedy School. He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from the Sor-bonne.


CAI Yongli                   East China Normal University, China

Yongli is a professor at the School of Ecology and Environment of the East China Normal University in Shanghai. His research focuses on urban ecology, ecosystem services, and coastal sustainability. He will talk about the urban social-ecological system change in Shanghai. He holds a Ph.D. degree in ecology and has a record of more than two hundred publications on urban landscape and ecosystem ser-vices.


YE Chao                     East China Normal University, China

Chao is a professor of human geography at the School of Geographic Sciences of the East China Normal University. He was a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in 2014-2015. His research focuses on rural-urban relations, urbanization and production of space, history and methodology of geography, as well as cultural geography. Chao obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing in 2008.


CHE N Ruishan              East China Normal University, China

Ruishan is a professor of physical geography at the School of Geographic Sciences of the East China Normal University.His research focuses on land change, environmental management and geographic data.

Our Program

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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

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

A.  Research seminars: presentation of the participants’ research projects to small groups and dis-cussion led by a scholar.

B.  Science-policy lab: initiation to the co-writing of interdisciplinary papers or policy documents.

C.  Methods lab: initiation to qualitative and quantitative methods applied to socio-ecological sys-tems, including modelling.


Chongming island

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 socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens. Based on the outcomes of this fieldtrip, a research 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.


Deliver a keynote presentation

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

Our Information

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East China Normal University, Shanghai

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 Shang-hai 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 International hotel” (http://79353.hotel.cthy.com/). Lunch will be provided at the venue. Local transport will be ensured by the organizers.

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.

Our Curriculum

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.

Our Important Aspects

The course will take place in an environment that favors mutual learning, exchange and conviviality, surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of Shanghai. The GOSES Summer School is composed of three modules, one fieldtrip and one final seminar.

Socio-ecological systems

There is a large number of scholars that are currently working on socio-ecological systems. The analysis of the governance of socio-ecological systems is frequently problematic. The GOSES Summer School aims at addressing this emerging challenge. The Summer School is expected to appeal to those researchers who focus on local, regional and global environmental governance, and those who come from structural-ist and rationalist scholarly traditions, as well as constructivist and critical ones. This Summer School will be an opportunity for much needed cross-fertilization among scholars employing different approaches.

Levels of governance

Concerning the level of governance, we expect most participants to be primarily interested in the local or regional level with regard to specific resources or sectors, but the research of those looking at the planet as a socio-ecological system itself could also provide interesting perspectives.


Each participant is expected to attend the morning lectures, as well as present and discuss his or her research in the afternoon workshops. The fourth day will be dedicated to a fieldtrip and to participatory research. The last day will be devoted to the final seminar, which is aimed at wrapping up lessons learned from the GOSES Summer School, identifying the cutting edge of research on the governance of socio-ecological systems and discussing the way forward.


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:


We are aware of some minor technical issues with the inscription and payment system. If you encounter any difficulty, please contact us immediately at goses@ecnu.edu.cn.

Deadline: 15 June 2019