ESEE-relevant Organizations and Networks

This list provides work in progress with an overview of universities and organizations that conduct research and policy advisory that consider relevant for the aims of ESEE. Its primary aim is facilitating exchange and collaboration between Ecological Economists across Europe.

The list is not comprehensive. If you have further suggestions or comments to the list, please send and email to:


IEEP (Brussels antena)

European Parliament

A series of MPs are easily linkable to EcolEcon issues, and/or have supported EcolEcon in the past.

Post-Growth Economics Network

We are an international group of researchers interested in the emerging fields of post-growth and ecological macroeconomics. Our aim is to advance economic theory, methodology and policy in order to adequately address some of the biggest challenges of our time: climate change, rising inequality, financial instability.

Research & Degrowth


A science-policy-society interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services at the European level.


REC Shqipëri / Faqe kryesore

Organize meetings and trainings with students, organizing environmental projects, working on green economy, ecology and economy.

Agricultural University of Tirana

The country contact is working on ecological and economic assessment of ecosystem services and plans to introduce this topic in the future among the contents to be taught in the university. Also, at the faculty of Agrobussines and Tourism there are studies on economic assessment of ecosystem services.


Institute for Ecological Economics at WU Vienna

The Institute is a leading institution for ecological economic research, teaching, learning, knowledge exchange, and community engagement. Over 30 researchers, a secretary, a research coordinator, and a graduate program coordinator make up the Institute’s staff. Research is generally grouped into five research groups: Sustainable Work, Macroeconomics & Environment, Climate Economics and Finance, Global Resource Use, and Education for Sustainable Development. The Institute was founded in July of 2014. Until then its activities were part of the Environment Group at the Institute for the Environment and Regional Development. Its predecessor organization was the Institute for Environment and Economy, which was founded in 1991 and led by Professor Uwe Schubert.

Sustainable Work

The research group Sustainable Work analyzes the relationships between economic development and (un-)employment, identifies key labor market challenges for the transformation to sustainability, and develops alternative institutional designs.

Macroeconomics & Environment

The research group on Macroeconomics and the Environment tries to answer the broad question of how to make use of macroeconomics and political economy to consistently and responsibly forecast socially and ecologically sustainable economic trajectories in the light of pressing social and environmental issues. The group researches macroeconomic topics such as growth, income and wealth distribution, and productivity and their application to ecological problems like climate change and other market failures.

Climate Economics and Finance

The research group on Climate Economics and Finance studies the dynamic interactions between socio-economic systems and climate sustainability, with a special focus on risk and finance.

Global Resource Use

The research group Global Resource Use at the Institute for Ecological Economics is one of the leading international groups in the areas of natural resource accounting and indicators, modeling, and assessments focusing on materials, water, and land use. Our group is entirely project funded through several major European research projects as well as from a number of official bodies such as the European Commission, UN Environment, OECD, and national ministries.

Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development at WU Vienna

Social Ecological Economics

Since becoming formally established with an international academic society in the late 1980s, ecological economics has advanced understanding of the interactions between social and biophysical reality. It initially combined questioning of the basis of mainstream economics with a concern for environmental degradation and limits to growth, but has now advanced well beyond critique into theoretical, analytical and policy alternatives. Social ecological economics and transformation to an alternative future now form core ideas in an interdisciplinary approach combining insights from a range of disciplines including heterodox economics, political ecology, sociology, political science, social psychology, applied philosophy, environmental ethics and a range of natural sciences

Social Ecological Transformation

The research unit on “social ecological transformation” deals with policy issues and development dynamics from a specific perspective of the need for radical change. We perceive social ecological transformation as a deep historical change in our ways of living and modes of production with serious and substantive implications for culture and politics. A central issue that then rises is how politics and policy making are to be conducted in this age of social ecological transformation?

Institute of Social Ecology (SEC) at the University of Life-Sciences

We aim to describe the interaction between social and natural systems, which we see as co-evolutionary, in scientifically sound theoretical and methodological terms. The two concepts of social metabolism and the colonization of natural systems constitute the core of our socio-ecological theory. These concepts draw from quite differing scientific traditions – biology, sociology, economics, technical sciences, history, geography and cultural anthropology – and offer a coherent perspective on the society-nature relationship. This perspective guides us conceptually and practically in developing information systems for the environmental consequences of human activity (“pressures upon the environment”). It also orients us in our research on ecological and socio-economic aspects of sustainable development at the local, national and global levels. Our methodological spectrum includes material and energy flow analysis (MFA and EFA), geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methods, systemic actor-oriented and organizational analyses, and the use of historical sources. We make increasing use of modelling techniques for data simulation, a synthetic presentation of results and as a basis for scenarios. Our culture of stable interdisciplinary cooperation and intensive teamwork make this spectrum possible.

Institute for Social Change and Sustainability (IGN) at WU Vienna

The IGN explores the interdependence of the development of modern societies and their discourses and politics of sustainability. It approaches issues of sustainability, which elsewhere are often addressed from a natural science, economic or technological point of view, from an explicitly social scientific perspective. Social change is not primarily a normative demand for us, but we conceptualise it first and foremost as an ever-evolving reality, the causes, implications and effects of which we only partially understand. Accordingly, our key question is how this evolutionary change constantly remolds the conditions for a successful politics of sustainability, and how it changes the understanding of sustainability itself. Sustainability we understand as an idea and project that is based on culturally determined and socially negotiated values and norms, which keep evolving as societal development proceeds: What is being considered as sustainable, where societal perceptions of unsustainability emerge, to what extend such perceptions trigger concern and to what kind of action such concerns may give rise are, to a considerable extent, matters for the sociological, cultural and political sciences. Exactly these questions inspire and power our academic enquiry.

Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)

For more than fifteen years, our research and counsel has been supporting citizens, NGOs, businesses, regions and governments to live good lives and be economically successful using fewer resources. A number of recent crises (financial and economic, environmental, democracy and political, poverty and global conflicts) makes this change more important than ever before. We are convinced: A “good life for all” is still sustainably possible – for each and every one of us!

Department of Sustainability, Governance, and Methods (SGM) at MODUL University Vienna

In our small and dynamic department surrounded by a vibrant body of 70% international students we follow the principles of interdisciplinarity and bring together international faculty from several disciplines who are highly engaged in cutting-edge research in the following areas: Environmental Studies, Regional Development and Policy, Governance and Planning, Ecological Economics, Degrowth, Energy Studies, Social and Environmental Psychology, Wellbeing and Quality-of-life, Decision Theory,  and Network Analysis. Our department also has a solid grounding in methods and statistics, for which we are the in-house experts at Modul University.  Our team regularly participates in international research projects such as i-CONN (H2020 ITN), where we explore applications of connectivity science and network analysis for societal metabolism from a Degrowth perspective. We offer high-quality training in the above areas in a highly professional and at the same time highly convivial family context. Our strong engagement in Ecological Economics is being enriched by our support of the Degrowth community, such as in our role as official host for the Vienna Degrowth conference in 2020.


FNRS groupe de contact “Redefining Prosperity”

FNRS = “national” research funding agency, aimed at fundamental research, not much applied. “Groupe de contact” is a light funding scheme which allows to bring together on a more or less monthly basis an identified group of 15-20 people from different institutions/universities for seminars and workshops. Output up to here is this one: Themes are very much in vain of the T. Jackson work.

BEES community of practice in “BElgian Ecosystem Services”

A group organizers around the wider issue of Ecosystem Services and the management of these at the policy-science interface. Quite a big part of the works are linked to valuations of ES, or governance of ES. Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary community of practice, sort of operationalization of principles of post-normal science. BEES has been funded in the past when launched, to organize the proto-network. Now individuals are funded on their research projects, and dedicate some of their time to “community work”. BEES is also officially involved in IPBES or MAES and other international science-policy processes. 2-3 “big” events per year, plus a series of working groups, plus a series of smaller workshop-like events. Main output up to here:

LPT Transition

A smaller, proto-group of academics, mainly from UCL but extending and with an idea to have ambassadors in all other BE universities by the end of this year. Based on the imperative of transdisciplinary work on the issue of transitions. Action and Research-action type of activities. Lead by T. Dedeurwaerdere and Olivier De Schutter.

Université Libre de Bruxelles (IGEAT-CEDD ; Centre d’études du Développement Durable)

Université catholique de Louvain, Biodiversity Governance (BIOGOV) group. T. Dedeurwaerdere.

Gent University (Center for Sustainable development); T. Blok, B. Bleys & Erik Paredis.

ETOPIA, Belgian Green party think tank


Generally, the neoclassical approach has the upper hand among the current Bulgarian academic economists, spearheaded by an active and assertive libertarian fraction. The few attempts of academic enthusiasts in the domain of ecological economics remain mostly unnoticed, so far.

In the last 10 years, several universities in Bulgaria established new “green economy” Bachelor programmes like “Ecological Business” or “Eco-Economics”. Their approach regards the environment as a business input and prioritizes economic efficiency and growth. A stated aim of one of these is to guarantee that: “Protecting natural resources would not impede economic development and growth of business organizations and regions”. Thus, in the strict sense, they hardly pertain to ecological economics.

For now, ecological economics finds greater application in the vital Bulgarian NGO sector.

Za Zemiata (Friends of the Earth – Bulgaria)

This basically environmental organization is active mostly in economy–related topics like just energy transition, circular economy, mining industry impacts on local communities, tax justice, global sustainable development, etc.

Greenpeace Bulgaria, BlueLink Foundation and WWF Bulgaria

Apply economic analyses to assess the potential for sustainable economic development of rural Bulgarian regions and the economic value of their ecosystem services. A special emphasis is put on economic sectors like mass tourism and extraction of metal ores and coal.


There are only a handful of researchers in Croatia that work with issues that are key to ecological economics. Academic curricula are monopolized by neoclassical economics although some courses deal partially with sustainable development.

There are a few institutions, which research adopts the methods and goals of ecological economics.

Institute for Social Research in Zagreb

Institute for Political Ecology

At the Zagreb School of Economics and Management there have been for some years a MBA course on sustainability and ethics which is largely based on ecological economics.

Czech Republic

Global Change Research Center, Czech Academy of Sciences

Environmental Center, Charles University in Prague

Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno

Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy

Economics Faculty, South Bohemian University in Ceske Budejovice

Charles University, Prague


Many researchers in Denmark work with issues that are key to ecological economics, and several people have taken part in a conference or two, but few identify with the field. The main reason is probably that many do not see themselves as working with “economics” (e.g., this goes for people working with industrial ecology or political ecology) – and those who are aware of working in a critical way with economics and environment relate to fields such as economic sociology and transition studies.

Aalborg University, Dep. of Planning

Section for Global Development, in Dep. of Food and Resource Economics at the Copenhagen University

Sustainability Science Center at Copenhagen University

Section on Environmental Social Science, Dep. of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

Traditionally, most people working with economics in this section consider themselves to be environmental economists. But some are close to ecological economics.

Section for Systems Analysis, Dep. of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

Roskilde University, CIRCLES – A center for circular economy and sustainability


CEARC at the University of Versailles, St Quentin

Initially called ” French Institute of Arctic Studies ” then renamed ” European Centre for the Arctic ” to better include colleagues from outside the UVSQ, CEARC initially devoted itself to research in human and social sciences on the circumpolar Arctic (Siberia and the western Arctic, Greenland and Fennoscandia). CEARC works examine the issues of circumpolar Arctic societies, cultures, and their representations facing of changes of yesterday and today. They also focus on the study of the interactions between human societies and their changing environment within the various conceivable sustainability paths. It is in this context that the study of transition is an important research topic. The term transition can be described as overused, because it is used in different approaches that we will describe as sectoral (energy transition, ecological transition, etc.), which neglect the various brakes generated by the complexity of economic, social and cultural developments … and tend to ignore the lessons of history, for example by analyzing socio-technical transitions (technological innovation) and the transformations of both living environments (eg: urban concentration) and socio-political.

CEMOTEV at the University of Versailles, St Quentin

Cemotev is a multidisciplinary laboratory (economics and geography) that occupies a complementary and original position in Paris-Saclay, through its focus on multidimensional studies of development, the environment and sustainable development, and the practice of a pluralist economy. Cemotev’s research work mobilizes the disciplinary knowledge of economics and geography, and their tools, in a sustained dialogue within the economic discipline as well as with other social sciences. The research work carried out in teams and in partnership is part of an approach in terms of the political economy of development and the environment, taking into account contexts, actors, geographical scales and dynamics. Cemotev is recognised nationally and internationally for its research and expertise carried out in teams and in partnership, particularly on the themes of insularity, heritage and sustainability.

CIRED : international research center on environment and development.

The international research center on environment and development (CIRED) was founded in 1973 by Professor Ignacy Sachs at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. In the wake of the Stockholm conference, the purpose of the laboratory was to study the tensions between environment, long-term resource management, and economic development. At CIRED, Pr. Sachs developed the concept of ’eco-development’ as a way of reducing tensions between these variables by playing on lifestyles, technological choices and spatial planning. Today, CIRED is still profoundly influenced by the challenge set up by its founder, i.e., responding to the Club de Rome’s thesis about limits to growth by devising strategies that articulate environmental and development goals — better known today as sustainable development.

Research programs conducted at CIRED focus on the relationships between environment, natural resources and development, with focus on three key domains: energy, urban infrastructure, and agriculture and forestry—which imposes a constant dialogue between social sciences, natural sciences and engineering knowledge. To do so, the research team is pluridisciplinary, with people from diverse intellectual backgrounds, and CIRED strives to preserve a good articulation between forward-looking modeling — viewed as a tool to integrate knowledge stemming from many disciplines — and more qualitative views about regulations, institutions and deliberation processes.


The Political Ecology Workshop (Atécopol), is a group of interdisciplinary researchers created in the fall of 2018. It wishes to participate in the construction of a local multidisciplinary community of scientists working or reflecting on the multiple aspects related to ecological upheavals. The aim is to forge links between dispersed knowledge and to reflect on how to share it with society as a whole, in order to work with it on ways to reorient our trajectory by profoundly changing current socio-economic modes of functioning. The workshop brings together researchers from a very wide variety of disciplines and from virtually all the research institutions on the Toulouse site. It is a Platform of Expertise of the MSHS-T. Among its first achievements: a seminar open to the public, the publication of forums on issues of political ecology, as well as an action towards the research community calling for a deep reflection on the positioning of researchers.

The Center for Environmental Economics – Montpellier (CEE-M)

The Center for Environmental Economics – Montpellier (CEE-M) is a research group working on environmental economics and behavioral economics. It is affiliated with the CNRS, INRA, SupAgro and the University of Montpellier. CEE-M’s researches are structured around four main activities. Research works use a mix of theory, empirics, and experiments and often rely on interdisciplinary collaborations in ecology, phyto-pathology, psychology,… One of the goals is to provide policy recommendations to address current major environmental challenges, in the topics of the different research groups: natural resources and biodiversity preservation; effective and equitable environmental governance; ecologically-innovative agriculture; and environmental risks management.

GRED at Montpellier 3 University

GRED is an interdisciplinary laboratory bridging social sciences, environmental and life sciences (ethnology, sociology, political studies, geography, economics, geo-archaeology, history, agronomy, ecology, cartography, statistics). However, the social sciences constitute the “heart” of the unit, through the problematic of the relationship between nature and society and around the notions of innovation, governance or vulnerability, resilience and risk. The UMR is now structured along four main lines: biodiversity and Societies; the governance of resources and territories (plurality of rules, actors and decision-making areas); risks, transport and territorial vulnerabilities; and the modelling and spatial representations for decision support in planning and development. New cross-cutting actions have been identified, at the level of themes (conflicts and access to resources, public policies) and/or work sites relating to specific environments (forests, coastal and island environments), or countries or regions (Maghreb, West Africa) that allow cross-axis collaboration and dynamics.

REGARDS at Reims University

REGARDS is an interdisciplinary laboratory. The research ate REGARDS deals with the formation of collective preferences, generally poorly understood in economic theory, or management sciences, beyond the hypothesis of a sum of individual preferences. In part, this question stems from theorisations of the formation of collective assets contributing to the infrastructure of organisations or markets. Four thematic axes are identified: cultural goods, consumption and society; economic philosophy and theory; health, social protection, social economy; and sustainable development and agro-resources. In this latter, works are conducted in the field of societal metabolism and bioeconomy.

Research Group in Environmental History (Grhen) at EHESS

The Research Group in Environmental History (Grhen) was created in 2008. It brings together researchers who share a common desire to integrate an environmental dimension into the writing of history, whatever the field considered: economic, social, cultural, political, scientific and technical history, rural or urban history, etc. The Research Group is interested in historically situated assemblages between society(ies) and environment(s), without starting from the binary opposition between naturalness and facticity. Indeed, environmental history integrates both urban and rural contexts, landscapes and infrastructures. It concerns both the material, technical and economic dimension (land use planning, agrarian structures, construction and management of resources, technical networks, energy, waste, etc.) and the cultural dimension (perception of nature, landscapes and the environment, their role in the construction of identities, the aesthetic dimension), or the political, social, scholarly, institutional and legal aspects of environmental issues (public or private policies, modes of regulation, construction and application of standards, risk management, impact of pollution on man and the environment, environmental inequalities). The co-transformation of human societies and their environments is at the heart of our investigations.

Through this approach, which is widely open to the problems of other disciplines (social sciences, “natural” sciences), we strive to go beyond preconceived academic or spatial temporal boundaries and to recompose periodization and areas of study specific to environmental phenomena. These are very varied: from the long time of major structural changes to the short time of an event or controversy, from the local scale of a singular phenomenon to transnational comparisons.


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

The UFZ is one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It demonstrates ways in which a sustainable use of our natural resource base is possible for the benefit of both humankind and the environment.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys)

IRI THESys is one of three Integrative Research Institutes (IRIs) developed by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as innovative structures in the frame of the German “Excellence Initiative”. Research in the IRI THESys focuses on sustainable land and resource use, urbanization in the 21st century, climate change impacts and intra-/intergenerational environmental justice.

Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Resource Economics Group

The Resource Economics Group advances economic research on sustainable development, in particular:

  • Institutional economics of climate change adaptation

  • Political games in climate change mitigation

  • Governance of path dependence in the energy transition

  • Archetype analysis as an approach to study social-ecological-technical systems

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Centre for Environment and Sustainability (COAST)

The research centre COAST unites activities in the field of sustainability sciences, linking natural and social sciences, economics, computing sciences and renewable energies focussing on the connection between societies and the environment in coastal areas.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC)

The Joint Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC) is a collaboration between Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Arizona State University.

Futures of Ecosystem Services (FuturEs)

FuturES expands on the existing research in the field of ecosystem services by relating the (largely) descriptive concept of ecosystem services to the explicitly normative concept of sustainability. A particular emphasis is on trade-offs and conflicts between multiple services and the uncertainties inherent in the generation and appropriation of ecosystem services. In doing so FuturES seeks to develop new management and governance strategies for the management of ecosystem services with explicit regard to the goal of sustainability.

Institute of Sustainability Governance (INSUGO)

The members of the Institute of Sustainability Governance (INSUGO) focus their work on a fundamental question: Which public institutions and regulation systems are necessary to achieve the normative goal of sustainability in a complex and pluralistic society? The answer to this question is provided by a broad scientific approach which is based on research, academic teaching and knowledge transfer with practitioners on topics of public sustainability governance.

Leibniz Research Alliance “Energy Transition”

The Leibniz Research Alliance “Energy Transition” addresses the challenges related to the transition of the German energy system. It follows an interdisciplinary research approach that combines expertise from the humanities, the natural and the engineering sciences. Its research focuses on three key areas of conflict that arise from the transformation process: centralized vs. decentralized systems; collective vs. individual interests; global vs. local effects

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) conducts research with the goal of understanding, advancing, and guiding processes of societal change towards sustainable development. Our researchers collaborate with diverse actors from science, policymaking and public administration as well as business and civil society to develop a common understanding of sustainability challenges and generate potential solutions. The Institute pursues a research approach that is transformative, transdisciplinary, and co-creative.

Ecological Research Network (Ecornet)

The Ecological Research Network (Ecornet) is a network of eight independent, non-profit institutes for environmental and sustainability research in Germany. Their joint mission: to help shape societal change towards sustainability and to scientifically substantiate it. Since their inception, the Ecornet institutes have specialized in dealing with complex issues practically and across the boundaries of scientific disciplines. They have come together to form Ecornet with the goal of expanding their skills and of putting their combined expertise to use in the research landscape.
Ecornet’s members:

Ecologic Institute

Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since our founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice. Through findings and ideas Ecologic Institute helps to mainstream environmental issues into other policy areas.

ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg

ifeu conducts research and provides a worldwide consultancy service in relation to all major environmental and sustainability issues. With more than 40 years of experience, ifeu is one of the most important ecological research institutes in Germany. Our work is characterised by experience and independence combined with a practical and target-based approach. ifeu currently employs 80 staff with a background in natural sciences, engineering and social sciences at its sites in Heidelberg and Berlin.

Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)

The IÖW is a leading scientific institute in the field of practice-oriented sustainability research. It devises strategies and approaches for viable, long-term economic activity – for an economy which enables a good life and preserves natural resources.

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is one of the leading independent institutes for sustainability research. For 30 years, we have been developing scientific decision bases and sustainable concepts for politics, civil society and business – regionally, nationally and internationally.

IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment

IZT is a nonprofit research institute. IZT works on inter- and transdisciplinary futures studies, sustainability design and technology assessment. It also investigates early identification of opportunities and risks, with a focus on transformation, participation and stakeholder integration.


The Oeko-Institut is one of Europe’s leading independent research and consultancy organisations working for a sustainable future. Founded in 1977, it develops principles and strategies for realising the vision of sustainable development at global, national and local level. Based on value-oriented research, the Oeko-Institut provides consultancy services for decision-makers in politics, industry and civil society on topics such as Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment, Energy and Climate, Emission and Ambient Pollution Control, Radiation Protection, Agriculture and Biodiversity, Sustainable Consumption, Mobility, Resource Management and Industry, Nuclear Engineering and Facility Safety, and Law, Policy and Governance.

Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU)
The Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU e.V.) is both a scientific and officially recognized non-governmental organization that consists of four departments: Energy Efficiency & Energy Transition; Climate Protection & Transformative Education; Environmental Law & Participation; Nature Protection & Environmental Communication. UfU is mainly working on research assignments and model projects financed by federal ministries, federal states and municipalities as well as foundations. In addition to its scientific activities, the institute initiates and engages in local and international projects and networks.

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy
The Wuppertal Institute undertakes research and develops models, strategies and instruments for transitions to a sustainable development at local, national and international level. Sustainability research at the Wuppertal Institute focuses on the resources, climate and energy related challenges and their relation to economy and society. Special emphasis is put on analysing and stimulating innovations that decouple economic growth and wealth from natural resource use.

Vereinigung für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung – VÖW

The association for ecological economic research was founded in 1985 as an inter- and transdisciplinary network. The non-profit association deals with issues of sustainable development as well as its practical implementation. Special focus is drawn on sustainable economies and the contribution of business, politics and universities. The network offers diverse contact opportunities between science, policy and practice. Exchange among members is supported by working groups and a mailing list. VÖW also organises various events and issues, together with IÖW, the journal Ökologisches Wirtschaften.

Vereinigung für ökologische Ökonomie – VÖÖ

The VÖÖ (Association for Ecological Economics) was founded in 1996 as German-speaking section of the International Society for Ecological Economics. It organises annual meetings, summer schools and writing workshops, working groups, workshops, publications and public lectures. The Kapp research prize for Ecological Economics is awarded biannually to young researchers by VÖÖ and its cooperation partners.

Institute for Future-Fit Economies (ZOE)

ZOE, the Institute for Future-Fit Economies, is a non-profit and independent think & do tank. We are dedicated to research for a future-fit economy. At the interface of politics, science and civil society, we develop trend-setting impulses for the fundamental questions of economic development.

TU Berlin

Center for Technology and Society (ZTG)

The Center for Technology and Society is an institution of TU Berlin which was established to enable research beyond disciplinary boundaries. Since current and future challenges – like climate change, biodiversity or digitalization – are complex, we carry out projects with a broad range of scientists and researchers from various fields, along with individuals, groups and institutions from civil society, business and government.

Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies

The Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies consists of the chairs technical didactics of the vocational disciplines and work studies, and the specialist disciplines of work studies. Research on sustainability issues is conducted in the divisions “Economic Education and Sustainable Consumption”, “Social-Ecological Transformation”, “Education for Sustainable Nutrition and Food Science”.


Institute of Urban Environment & Human Resources (UEHR):

The Institute of Urban Environment and Human Resources (UEHR) was founded in 1995 under the Department of Economic and Regional Development of Panteion University. UEHR is a result of the evolution of the Laboratory of Geographical Information Systems, founded in 1989 by the Department of Urban and Regional Development of the Panteion University.

The main areas of dedicated activities of the Institute are: Education – Research – Scientific Publications – Scientific Workshops – Research Projects. The Institute contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate education within and beyond the Department of Economic and Regional Development of the Panteion University and is “a place for hosting” doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The key focus areas of the Institute’s activities are: Urban Environment, Urban Planning and Human Resources, Economic Dimensions of the Urban Environment, Sustainable Cities, Real Estate Market, Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, Environmentally Sustainable Economic Development, Ecological Economics, Management of Water Resources and the Socioeconomic aspects of Climate Change in urban and rural contexts.

UEHR has developed over the last decade collaborations and know-how exchanges with accredited  National Research institutes and Universities, as well as major EU and International Academic Institutions.


Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG):

ESSRG researchers have been involved with the ecological economics community since 2005, they were the first in Hungary to identify themselves with ecological economics

Research Centre, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Szeged

A small group of researchers who in recent years have been involved with the ecological economics community, main research areas include capability approach, local development, social innovation, participatory action research.

Institute of Business Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest

Some researchers who associate themselves with ecological economics and members of the ESEE (Board member as well and country contact). They teach Ecological economics related courses and conduct research on participatory decision-making and degrowth as well.

Kovasz (in Hungarian only)

Hungarian language  journal that gives forum for ecological economics publications.


University of Iceland

Reykjavik University

The Icelandic Agricultural University




Irish Forum on Natural Capital

Aims to promote mainstreaming and awareness of natural capital and biodiversity in Government policy, in business, and across wider society

Environmental Policy, APEP, University College Dublin

Undertakes applied research and offers courses in environmental and ecological economics and policy

Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, National University of Ireland Galway

Undertakes applied research in marine environmental policy. See also NUI Galway

Economic and Social Research Council

Undertakes research and provides policy advice, including on environmental economics



deals with environmental conflicts, with the fights for defence and resistance which men and women, in Italy and all over the world. Related to it CDCA whose mission is to research and provide information about both the causes of the environmental conflicts produced by the exploitation of natural resources, and its consequences.

La decrescita

University of Pisa


University of Ferrara


Sant’Anna Pisa



Riga Technical University

University of Latvia

BA School of Business and Finance


IVM (VU): Institute for Environmental Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Chair Group Water Resources Management, Wageningen University

CE, Delft

CML, Leiden

Telos, Tilburg

Sustainable Finance Lab, Utrecht University

PBL, Bilthoven


CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research – ECOMAN Ecological Economics and Environmental Management Group from NOVA School of Science and Technology

CENSE – Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, promotes interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences and engineering, focusing on the interaction between human and ecological systems, to promote sustainable development. The Centre is the research branch of a wider organization including researchers, students and staff from the NOVA School of Science and Technology, plus a number of affiliated organizations. CENSE develops its activities through the promotion of research projects, outreach initiatives, training programs, collaboration with private and public organizations, dissemination of results and science-policy dialogues. CENSE’s research unfolds along five thematic areas: Ecological Economics and Environmental Management, Energy and Climate, Computation for Sustainability, Bioresources and Green Technologies, and Sustainable Water Sanitation, Wastes and Resources Recovery.

The Ecological Economics and Environmental Management research area contributes to advancing circular economy, eco-innovation and green procurement topics, through research in new business models, service and sharing economy, and design of closed-loop chains. Exploring natural capital and ecosystem services concepts as a language for valuation and support policy processes is another key topic. This research area also contributes to the design of new regulatory frameworks and policy instruments to create an enabling environment for the uptake of sustainability action. Complexity of social-ecological systems translates into ‘wicked problems’ increasingly calling for systems approaches linking facts and values and fostering co-creation of knowledge, policies and decision support. CENSE explores its methods development research lines focusing on a portfolio of analytical-deliberative approaches (e.g., participatory system dynamics, MCA, scenarios, mixed-method approaches).

MARETEC – Marine, Environment & Technology Center from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University

Maretec addresses Environmental Systems through a comprehensive approach to water, soil and atmosphere. Geophysical Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Computational Fluid Dynamics provide the grounds to Ecological and Economic studies necessary to support Environmental Sciences, Engineering and Management.

Maretec was born as a Marine Environment and Technology Centre in 1992 and evolved in shape and size as a result of his own activities and of the evolution of the society itself. Wave energy branch evolved to an autonomous Research Centre (WAVEC) two spinoff companies were formed (Hidromod and Action Modulers) and new areas were created integrating new researchers, some from other Research Centre (e.g. from IN+). MARETEC is a member of LARSys inside IST and represents IST at IMAR a national network mostly interested on Marine Systems.

Modelling, Monitoring and Ecosystem Services Assessment are the main products to build solutions at local or regional scale for inland and marine systems.

Operational Atmospheric, Catchment and Marine Models are the providers of basic data and Environmental Managers, Water Utilities and Farmers are the main end-users.



A network of partners from the public, private and non-governmental sectors that creates collaborative space for the sharing knowledge and expertise on circular economy. The platform aims to contribute to the transition to a circular economy that conserves natural resources, minimizes waste, reduces dependence on imports of primary raw materials and provides new business opportunities. The founding members of the Circulation Slovakia platform are the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, the Embassy of the Netherlands, Slovak Business Agency (SBA), PricewaterhouseCoopers Slovakia, the Institute of Circular Economics (INCIEN), the Slovak Environment Agency and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia. Its goal is to attract established companies that are already introducing circulating principles into their business.

3E – Institute for environmental research and education

A non-profit research institute based in Bratislava, Slovakia. It fosters transdisciplinary research in environmental sciences and education. Our aim is to support and develop activities on local, regional, national and international level.


A collaborative research network dedicated to introduce novel ideas into the interdisciplinary research, education and policy making. CETIP main mission is interdisciplinary research across natural and social sciences in particular incorporation of institutional, behavioral and ecological economics into the environmental governance and policy making.

Climate Coalition

An umbrela organization that cooperate with non-governmental and non-profit organization and initiatives (Nestrajme čas, Bod Obratu, Extinction Rebellion SK, Fridays for Future, Cyklokuchýňa, Climate Save SK) aimed at protecting the environment and combating climate change.


A non-governmental non-profit organization that inspires to change.

Faculty of Ecology and Environmental science, Technical University in Zvolen

The mission of the faculty and its main educational goal is the training of specialists with a wide range of knowledge in the field of ecology and environmental sciences, especially for scientific and research institutions, administration at the state level, at the level of local governments or environmental NGOs areas.

The Bystro

A community center works as a living social organism where people can: Organize and attend a wide range of cultural and social events (workshops, seminars, discussions, debates, concerts, exhibitions, …), Share, give, take, borrow, repair, or simply use in the center a wide range of tools and objects (library of things, books, musical instruments, board games…) and taste local and ecological drinks and food.


University of Ljubljana

University of Nova Gorica



Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona

BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change

Universidad Pablo Olavide

Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory, Autonomous University of Madrid

Grupo de Energía, Economía y Dinámica de Sistemas, Universidad de Valladolid

Pablo de Olavide University

Economics applied to environment, Degree in Environmental Science, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Water Economics, Degree in Environmental Science, Faculty of Experimental Sciences and Economics department

University of Barcelona

Environment and society and Sustainable development with Degree in Environmental Science at Department of History and Economic Institutions

Natural resource economics with Degree in Environmental Science, and Natural resource economics and Environment with Degree in Environmental Science

La Laguna University

Natural resource economics with Degree in Economics and Ecological Economics with Degree in Economics, at Economics Department

University of Valladolid

Natural resource economics, Degree in Economics at Economics Department

University of Seville

Subjects: Urban and Regional Economics with Degree in Economics at Economics Department

Malaga University

Subjects: Introduction to Ecological Economics with Degree in Economics at Economics Department


Ecological economics has grown in specific interdisciplinary environments.

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

A largely privately funded international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The Beijer Institute is connected to Stockholm Resilience Centre and carries out research on the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development. Behavioural economics is one field of interest and the interplay is influenced by complex adaptive systems approaches (non-linear dynamics, thresholds, regime shifts, transformations). The Beijer Institute’s major activities are international research programmes, synthesis workshops, a broad set of research projects, teaching and training programs, dissemination of results, the science-policy interface and collaborative communication.

The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere programme (GEDB)

Largely financed by philanthropy, sharing office with the Beijer Institute. Research includes the role of major financial actors and tax havens on investments and degradation of large biomes. Another project is Resilience and transformative capacity of society toward the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in both human health and animal production systems.

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)

A joint initiative between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. The mission of SRC is to advance research for governance and management of social-ecological systems to secure ecosystem services for human well-being and resilience for long-term sustainability. Or in short: biosphere-based sustainability science. Complex adaptive systems including telecoupling and sustainability transformations are core focus areas.

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

An international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. SEI connects science and decision-making to develop solutions for a sustainable future for all.

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS)

A leading interdisciplinary research centre addressing complex sustainability issues from a critical and integrated natural and social science perspective, and with a solutions-based approach. The research is based in social science – social change and transformations in relation to material limits in the biosphere – and topics include water conflicts, food security, land use changes and urban transformation.

School of Social Work at Lund university

Department of Human Geography at Lund university

The Department of Human Geography was established in mid 50′s when the discipline of Geography was divided into Physical Geography and Human Geography. The beginning of 60′s was marked by the establishment of the study field of of Economic Geography. Nowadays the department has around 400 students and more than 50 employees.


ETH Zürich

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

University of Lausanne

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

University of Applied Sciences Chur


There are scientists working on ecological economics and related issues at the following institutions:

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Boğaziçi University

Department of Economics, Boğaziçi University

Department of Tourism Administration, Boğaziçi University

Department of Economics, Bilgi University

Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University

Department of Managerial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University


In Ukraine the main center to promote ecological economics is the Department of Ecological Economics in the Institute of Ecological Economics and Management of the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU). The Department of Ecological Economics at UNFU has been established in 2004 on the basis of Center for preparation of Masters in Environmental and  Natural Resource Economics established as a result of EU project (1997-2001) with University of Padova, University of Freiburg and University of Belgium.

United Kingdom


The UK is home to a substantial number of ecological economists working ecological macroeconomics and various aspects of post-growth economics, as well as broader topics of sustainable consumption and production.

Centre for Economics and Finance, University of the West of England

Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

Department of Economics, SOAS

Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Political Economy Centre, University of Manchester

Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York

Influencing Policy

Aldersgate Group

Coalition of NGOs and businesses that lobby to strengthen environmental legislation.

All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth

A group that aims to create space for cross-party dialogue within the UK parliament on shared and lasting prosperity in a world of environmental, social and economic limits.

All Party Parliamentary Group Wellbeing of Future Generations

A group that aims to create space for cross-party dialogue within the UK parliament focusing on combating short-termism and to identify ways to internalise concern for future generations into today’s policy making.

New Economics Foundation

Thinktank aiming to reform the economy so that it works for people and planet

Steady State Manchester

Activist group advocating for a steady state society and economy in and around Manchester, UK

Positive Money

Thinktank working to reform the money and banking system, to enable it to deal with social and environmental challenges.

Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland

A registered charity working to help move Scotland away from a growth centred economy.

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