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Dr. Deepak Malghan, who is a recognized ecological economist and an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), has received a censure order from IIM-B for sending a mail to the Placement Committee, saying they should “disinvite” Unilever during campus placement. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has been in the midst of a controversy related to its decision in 2001 to carelessly dump mercury, a hazardous chemical, when closing down a plant located at Kodaikanal. This issue is disheartening because it exposes once again the narrowing of spaces for critical research in Indian academia and more specifically the usurpation of business education by corporate interests. Together with the Business and Human Rights Network India (HRBN-I), the European Society of Ecological Economics Executive Board request the Board of Governors at IIMB to reverse the decision to censure Dr. Malghan, and thereby reiterate the protections of academic freedom at IIMB.

You can read more on this here:
Want IIM-B to Walk the Talk on CSR: Prof on Disinviting Unilever
EJAtlas: “Unilever refused responsability for Kodaikanal mercury poisoning, India
Civil society raises concerns over censure of IIM Bangalore professor in connection with statements about Hindustan Unilever’s environmental record
IIMs have used autonomy for self-aggrandisement, says professor pushing for faculty diversity

Application open now for #ESEE2019 Summer School

We would like to inform you that we invite master’s students, postgraduate students and early-stage researchers who attend the ESEE 2019 conference in Turku, Finland, in June, to participate in the pre-conference ESEE Summer School 2019.

The theme of the summer school is
ARCHIPELAGO OF IDEAS: CO-CREATING SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

The application is now open, please see the conference website for more information:

https://esee2019turku.fi/summer-school

Elections 2018 are open

It is time for elections again! As announced in the Autumn 2018 Newsletter and the ESEE website, this year, the terms of office of the ESEE President, two Vice-Presidents and three Board Members are ending after three years. As we aim to fill these positions, we kindly invite all ESEE members to vote for the office of these positions.
Information on nominees we have can be accessed at: http://www.euroecolecon.org/governance/election-2018/
The ballot will close on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 23.59 CET.
ESEE members should have gotten an email with the information how to vote. For questions/support, please do not hesitate to contact us: esee.elections@gmail.com
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