Welcome to the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)!

ESEE is the European branch of the International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE).

ESEE is a non-profit, member-governed, organisation dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

ESEE publishes a newsletter and books (in association with various publishers); holds regional and international meetings; develops educational materials; and facilitates a voice for ecological economists in public forums.

ESEE provides a forum so that we might all better understand these issues. Add your voice to the discussion by becoming a member.

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Ph.D. Course on Degrowth – May 11-15, 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark

Degrowth in Europe: Foundations in theory and pathways to practice

Ph.D. Course on Degrowth – May 11-15, 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark

Convened by the Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aim and content In the context of increasingly acute global socio-environmental problems, there is growing debate about the dominant economic growth-based societal model. Globally, there is a close correlation between GDP growth and the social metabolism of the global economy, as visible in e.g. extraction of materials and GHG » Read the full article

Submit now to Eric Zencey Prize for Environmental Writing

Now accepting submissions for Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics (Deadline January 6, 2020)

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont invites submissions for the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which celebrates outstanding writing on the environmental limits of our finite planet.

The winning author will receive $4,000, plus financial support for a trip to the University of Vermont for a public campus event in Burlington, VT.

The Zencey Prize will recognize the best current affairs book or long-form journalism that addresses real-world environmental issues using the principles of ecological economics, a field that explores the relationships between economics and Earth’s limited natural resources.

To be eligible, submissions must be published in English, in the years 2018 or 2019, and target a general audience.

The prize is named after Eric Zencey, a pioneering scholar and public intellectual who worked to bring ecological economics outside the academy to understand and address the political, economic, social, and environmental challenges facing society.

“I hope this prize will inspire future generations of environmental writers and ecological economists to communicate real-world solutions beyond ‘the Ivory Tower,’” said Eric Zencey (1954-2019).

UVM students and scholars will benefit from the Zencey Prize through educational opportunities, seminars, readings, and events.

“The Gund Institute for Environment is a leader in ecological economics, thanks to the efforts of scholars like Eric Zencey,” said Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute. “The Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics is an important new prize for the field – and exemplifies Eric’s passion for real-world issues. We thank the Zencey family for their vision and generosity.”

The term “ecological economics” need not appear in submitted works, but the field’s underlying goals – understanding links among ecological, economic and social systems and advancing sustainability, equity, and human well-being – must be evident.

The Zencey Prize is awarded by the Gund Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Society of Ecological Economics.

Learn more and submit writing to the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics.

Costa Rica Winter School in Ecological Economics 2020

Environment Europe is delighted to announce the Costa Rica Winter School in Ecological Economics 2020 to be hosted by Fundación Neotrópica in Costa Rica, 16-24 February 2020. Please take an opportunity to register at a reduced rate via: https://environmenteurope.eu/2020winterschool

The executive Oxford Summer, Winter and Spring Schools in Ecological Economics organised by Environment Europe since 2012 have attracted participants from 58 different countries on all continents, including UNDP, UNEP, IUCN, OECD, WWF, GGGI experts as well as representatives of ministries, companies, NGOs and leading universities. @EnvironmentEurope alumni are entitled for a £100 discount. Please share this call widely!

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