Journal Article: Expert Representation in IPBES

October 5, 2015 0 By admin

In this contribution, we analyze how the principles of regional, gender, and disciplinary balance that were adopted by IPBES have been applied to the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP): the body of experts responsible for the scientific and technical functions of IPBES and embedded in its knowledge-making practices.

In doing so, we compare the selection of the interim MEP in 2013 with the new MEP in 2015 and find a small improvement in gender and disciplinary balance that varies across the United Nations regional groupings. According to the ambition of IPBES, there is significant room for improvement, but “opening-up” expertise in an intergovernmental setting proves challenging.

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Figure 1. The interim and 2015 MEP showing experts in regional groupings that were proposed (both inside and outside circle) and selected (inside circle only). Coloring shows: (a) gender (color: women – green; men – yellow) and (b) academic discipline (color: natural sciences – green; economics – red; social sciences – blue; other – purple; white – no data available) based on most recent university training. Regional labels: Africa (African group); Asia (Asia-Pacific group); EE (Eastern European group); GRULAC (Latin American and Caribbean group); WEOG (Western Europe and Other group).

 

Journal Article

Montana, J. and Borie, M. (2015; equal contribution). ‘IPBES and biodiversity expertise: Regional, gender and disciplinary balance in the composition of the interim and 2015 Multidisciplinary Expert Panel‘. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12192

This research was conducted as part of PhD at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. This research was supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.