This article offers an in-depth analysis of the largest long-standing international social science network in the field of sustainability and global change: the Earth System Governance project.

The Earth System Governance project has its origins in the now defunct International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. It has since matured into a self-sustaining global research network, with annual conferences, numerous taskforces, research centres, regional meetings of research fellows, three book series, an open access flagship journal, and a lively presence on social media.

The article critically reviews the experiences of the Earth System Governance project network and its integration and interactions with other programmes over the past decade.