ESEE Elections 2018

As the ESEE, we have been holding elections in December for the open positions of the ESEE President, 2 Vice-Presidents and 3 Board Members for the term 2019-2021. In the board member elections, 82 members of the 196 ESEE members in 2018 voted in the elections, and the 20% quorum was fulfilled.

As announced on the ESEE website, we had 3 candidates standing for the terms of office of ESEE President and 2 Vice Presidents. We asked whether ESEE members support these candidates for the respective positions and here are the results.

  1. Erik Gomez-Baggethun | Candidate for Presidency | 95% Yes; 1% No; 4% Abstain
  2. Tom Bauler | Candidate for Vice Presidency| 71% Yes; 13% No; 16% Abstain
  3. Eszter Kelemen | Candidate for Vice Presidency | 90% Yes; 1% No; 9% Abstain

Then, we had 5 candidates for the 3 board member positions available. Therefore, we kindly invited ESEE members to vote for up to a maximum of 3 candidates. Results are as follows:

  1. Juha Hiedanpaa | Candidate for Board Member | 55%
  2. Daniel O’Neill | Candidate for Board Member | 54%
  3. Alexandra Koves | Candidate for Board Member | 63%
  4. Bernd Klauer | Candidate for Board Member| 43%
  5. Anke Schaffartzik | Candidate for Board Member| 61%

According to these results, Juha Hiedanpaa has been reelected and Alexandra Koves and Anke Schaffartzik are our new board members.

In the meantime, we had one extra seat open as Federico Demaria resigned in December from his board member seat due to family reasons. So, with this extra seat open, Daniel O’Neill is also reelected for a second term.

We would like to cordially thank to all nominees and ESEE members who took part in the elections and congratulate all candidates who have been elected.

On behalf of the election committee,
Begum Ozkaynak, ESEE Secretary


As announced in the Autumn ESEE Newsletter, ESEE elections will be held in December for the 2019-2021 term. Information on the candidates are provided below. The candidates for the offices of the ESEE President, 2 Vice-Presidents and 3 Board Members in 2018 are:

Erik Gómez-Baggethun

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Oslo, Norway

Short Bio:
I am a Professor in Environmental Governance at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and a Senior Visiting Research at the University of Oxford. My research covers various topics in ecological economics, including environmental values and valuation, ecosystem services, economic instruments for environmental protection, and post-growth economics, topics in which I have contributed multiple scientific papers, book chapters and policy reports. I serve as vice president of the ESEE and in the editorial board of several international scientific journals. I have been a lead author of the report ‘The economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) and coordinating lead author of CBDs global ‘Cities and Biodiversity Outlook’ (CBO-1). I am also participating as lead author in the ongoing global assessment of nature’s values by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES). My main interest concerns struggles, science and policies pursuing justice between people, generations and species.

For more information on my work, please visit my Google scholar account at:

Motivation to serve as ESEE President:
EE is my academic home and passion. I am a member of ESEE since 2004, founding member of the Spanish association for EE, Vice-President of ESEE since 2013, and a regular contributor to ISEE/ESEE conferences and to the EE journal, for which I am editorial board member. If elected ESEE President, I will strive to mobilize our rich legacy to advance EE ideas in the sustainability science and policy agendas. My focus will be the SDGs and the economic transition to the Earth’s just and safe operating space, where basic needs for all can be met within planetary boundaries.

Tom Bauler

Environment and Economy
Université Libre de Bruxelles,
Brussels, Belgium

Short Bio:

While finalizing Economics at Strasbourg University (Louis Pasteur), my dissatisfaction with the Science presented there made me postgraduate the year after in Sociology of Sciences at EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) where I rapidly fell into exploring the role of expertise in environmental policy making. A topic which brought me towards a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) with a dissertation on the roles, usages and institutionalisations of indicators in policy processes; and later towards a post-doc at Kennedy School of Harvard University (with Sheila Jasanoff). My interest into Ecological Economics started during the first year of my PhD, almost 20 years ago during a summer school at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Today I am Associate Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles, teaching Ecological Economics to 200 multidisciplinary MA-students a year, and working with a group of researchers on questions related to environmental governance. Research objects include indicators and scenarios, socio-technical innovations, societal alternatives, and de-/post-growth.

For more information please visit:

Motivation to serve as ESEE Vice-president:

Apart from everyday business, my particular responsibility within the board has been to serve as liaison to the journal Environmental Policy and Governance (Wiley). While part of the recently finalized work was to meet the call of the general assembly (at the Budapest 2017 conference) where the board was asked to partially revise our contract with the publisher, the mission is now clearly extending. Given the growing uproar against the current commercial business models of most publishing houses, and the promising and enthusiastic recent experimentations in Open Science, the society will be in need to see the bulk of its options deployed. The complexity of the issue is huge, but considering ESEE as an actor of change, I am confident that in the mid-term we can contribute actively to the development of an alternative model of scientific knowledge distribution.

Eszter Kelemen

ESSRG Ltd., Budapest, Hungary

Short Bio:
I have an MSc in Economics and a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Currently I am senior research fellow at the ESSRG Ltd., a small research and development company in Hungary, which cultivates trans-boundary research engaging diverse actors from science and society. Receiving support from the János Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, I also act as associated researcher at the Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences. My main research interest is the deliberative and socio-cultural valuation of ecosystem services and nature in general, which allows me to develop a critical standpoint on how and by whom value is defined, and how shifts in value systems can be achieved. Most of my research has a strong empirical element, using various tools to engage diverse knowledge holders in research. I especially like experimenting with visual, arts-based and action research methodologies. Since the last year I work together on such methodological innovations with university students in the frame of an Ecological Economics research seminar at the Eötvös Lorant University, Budapest. To earn a global perspective I have been engaging with IPBES in the last four years, first as part of the valuation expert group, then as a lead author of the global assessment, and currently as lead author of the values assessment.

For more information please visit:

Motivation to serve as ESEE Vice-president:
I am member of the ESEE since more than ten years, and was part of the organizing committee of the ESEE 2017 conference and the preceding summer school, which offered me an even more in-depth view on the vibrancy and diversity of this community. I feel there is a boom of professional networks and social movements, which provides all of us many new opportunities, but at the same time raises challenges to more established organizations such as ESEE. If elected, I would like to work for strengthening the EE identity by making our shared values – such as taking a critical stance or democratizing knowledge production – more visible. The strength of a community also highly depends on the young generation, therefore, if elected, I would also intend to help create more opportunities for early carrier researchers to knowledge co-creation and networking within and beyond ESEE.

Juha Hiedanpää

Natural Resources Institute
Helsinki, Finland

Short Bio:
I am Research Professor in natural resource policy at the Natural Resources Institute Finland. I hold the Master’s degree from the University of Helsinki (Institutional environmental economics, 1994) and the Doctoral degree from the University of Tampere (Environmental policy, 2004). I practice policy science with the theoretical and methodological tools provided by classical pragmatism and institutional economist. I work on regional land use planning and wildlife policy issues. The central recurrent theme of my work is a co-creative design of public policies for more reasonable outcomes and realisations. I teach “Ecological economics” and “Global economy and biodiversity problems” at the University of Turku and “Institutional resource economics” at the University of Eastern Finland.

For more information please visit:

Motivation to serve as a ESEE board member:
As an ESEE board member, I would be ambitious to promote transdisciplinary designs and practices in research and education. I have been the ESEE Board member since 2012. Currently I am a member of two ESEE committees, Education Committee and Conference Committee. Excitingly, I am a chair of Local Organising Committee of ESEE 2019 Conference to be held in Turku 18 – 21 of June 2019.

Bernd Klauer

Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Short Bio:
After studying mathematics, physics, and economics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Kentucky I did a PhD in Economics on “Sustainability and Valuation of Nature” supervised by Malte Faber, one of the founders of Ecological Economics. Since then I have been working as an ecological economist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, at first as a PostDoc and now as the deputy head of the economics department. Additionally I am teaching as an honorary professor in the International Joint Master Programme “Sustainable Development” at Leipzig University. In my mostly inter- and transdisciplinary research I focus on economic and alternative evaluation methods, governance problems and fundamental issues of sustainability with applications in water resources management, land-use politics and nature protection. I have led various interdisciplinary research projects and advised the German parliament as well as environmental ministries on state, national and European levels.

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Motivation to serve as a ESEE board member:
I have been socialized as an Ecological Economist attending in my early years the first ESEE conference 1996 in Versailles and later being part of the organising teams for the ESEE 2007 Conference as well as the 4. International Degrowth Conference 2014 in Leipzig. I am convinced that the heterodox, problem-oriented approaches of EE are inevitable to tackle the severe sustainability problems we encounter today. ESEE provides an extremely useful platform for urgent debates.

Alexandra Köves

The Corvinus University of Budapest

Short Bio:
Alexandra Köves is senior lecturer and researcher of ecological economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary. In the first decade of her career she worked within the Hungarian public administration – mostly in upper management positions – dealing with development policy, in particular with social development. During this period, she started heavily questioning that what is considered development in the mainstream social and economic theories really does lead to a better world. In 2009 these reservations compelled her to leave public administration behind to try and discover what kind of developmental paths could actually lead to a socially more just and environmentally more sustainable modus operandi. This pursuit led her to ecological economics and received her PhD on the topic of sustainable employment. Since then she still focuses on policy-oriented participatory research on the different aspects of transition into a Degrowth economy. She is an active member of both the Ecological Economics and Degrowth research community. She was heavily involved in organising the 5th International Degrowth Conference and the ESEE 2017 Budapest Conference.

For more information please visit

Motivation to serve as a ESEE board member:
I have been doing research in ecological economics for almost a decade and truly believe that ecological economics could be a game changing direction in economics. In the last decades, despite the plurality of the field, solid theoretical foundations have been laid by many ecological economists that I think highly of. However, in order to nudge a real paradigm shift, the research community would have to become more visible to policy-makers as well as citizens. Having worked 15 years with EU policy-making, I might be of help to the community if it decides to be more active in that field. I am also certain that in order to connect to citizens and reach critical mass in initiating social change, we need to provide credible, yet positive alternative visions and narratives in a non-scientific language. As Board member I would like to contribute to such potential future endeavors if ESEE happens to opt to move towards such directions.

Dan O’Neill

School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds
Leeds, UK

Short Bio:
I am an Associate Professor in Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds, where I lead the Economics and Policy for Sustainability Research Group. My research focuses on the changes that would be needed to achieve a sustainable economy within planetary boundaries, and the relationships between resource use and human well-being. I am co-author (with Rob Dietz) of the book Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, which has been made into a short documentary film. In recent work, my colleagues and I assessed the environmental and social performance of over 150 countries with respect to the requirements for a ‘good life’, and the constraints imposed by planetary boundaries. Our research was published in Nature Sustainability, and the results for all countries are available on our interactive website. In 2015, I created an MSc Ecological Economics degree at the University of Leeds — one of only a handful of ecological economics programmes in the world. Earlier this year, I also led the writing of an open letter signed by over 230 scientists from across Europe, calling for European nations to prioritise human well-being and ecological sustainability over economic growth.

For more information on my work, please visit my website.

Motivation to serve as a ESEE board member:
I have been a member of the ecological economics community for over 15 years, and an elected member of the ESEE Board since 2015 (when I also co-organised the Leeds conference). If elected for a second term, I would like to build stronger connections between ecological economists and other communities, and encourage greater scholar activism to help drive change towards a more sustainable society. I am particularly interested in helping to put forward an ecological economics policy agenda, building on work I have done with politicians and policy makers across Europe.

Anke Schaffartzik

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Short Bio:
My research focuses on the interplay between societal organization and resource use across levels of scale. I am particularly invested in collaboratively analysing and interpreting quantitative resource use data. My work currently centres on international inequality in resource use and labour and its implications for socio-ecological transitions, including the social and environmental impacts of (economic) growth. I hold a PhD in Social Ecology from Alpen-Adria University, Austria, for research on the socio-metabolic patterns in international trade. I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), Spain and a senior researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Austria.

For more information please visit:

Motivation to serve as a ESEE board member:
Ecological economics must provide analytical counter-approaches to the ‘mainstream’ economics arguments for socially and environmentally destructive institutions and policies. I would like to join the ESEE board to facilitate the collaborative work on a strong, consolidated research agenda for ecological economics with unified overarching aims and a diversity of strategic perspectives, seeking cooperation with other regional societies and alliance with other research fields, political ecology in particular. I will support the work of the ESEE board in order to strengthen our academic society and the ecological economics research it conducts.

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