Professor Oran R. Young

Prófessor emeritus við Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Dr. Oran Young is professor emeritus at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on theoretical issues relating to the roles social institutions play as elements of governance systems, with applications to the atmosphere, the oceans, and the polar regions. He also does comparative research on environmental governance processes in China and the United States. 

Dr. Young served for six years as founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the US National Academy of Sciences. He chaired the Scientific Steering Committee of the international project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC). He was a founding co-chair of the Global Carbon Project and from 2005 to 2010 chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. An expert on Arctic issues, Dr. Young chaired the Steering Committee of the Arctic Governance Project and is senior counselor to the North Pacific Arctic Conference. Past service in this realm includes co-chair of the Working Group on Arctic International Relations, co-chair of the NAS Committee on Arctic Social Science, member of the US Polar Research Board, founding board member of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee, chair of the Board of Governors of the University of the Arctic, consultant to the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region, and co-chair of the 2004 Arctic Human Development Report. Dr. Young chairs the boards of the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and the Science Diplomacy Center. He holds honorary doctorates from UiT the Arctic University of Norway and the University of Lapland and is a recipient of the International Arctic Science Committee’s Arctic Medal. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books. His recent work focusing on the future of the global political order includes: Governing Complex Systems: Social Capital for the Anthropocene; Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance: Global Order in Turbulent Times, and Addressing the Grand Challenges of Planetary Governance: The Future of the Global Political Order.


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