The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) at the University of Ghana has joined the Global Alliance of Earth Systems, becoming the research hub in Africa. The Research Centre Accra is led by IESS director Prof.Chris Gordon who is a member of the Earth System Governance Steering Group. Prof. Chris Gordon is also Associate Editor of Climate and Development.
The Global Alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres located in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe are major research hubs that support the implementation of the Earth System Governance Science Plan and act as focal points for earth system governance research in their geographical and thematic area. In addition, networks on earth system governance research exist in China, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia.
The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, under the University of Ghana's College of Basic and Applied Sciences was created in response to several drivers, enablers and outcomes identified as key to the nation’s development at the request of the government of Ghana. The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS) employs interdisciplinary and participatory approaches to train future scientists, managers and decision makers who will contribute to the protection, management and development of the country natural resources. This is captured by the Institute's mission statement: “To meet the nation's needs for broad-based education, training and research in the science, policy and management of environmental and sanitation processes in the wider African and global context”.