News from the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)


  • Charlotte Da Cunha,

    1. Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, REEDS (Research in Ecological Economics, Eco-Innovation & Tool Development for Sustainability), Guyancourt, France
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  • Ines Omann

    1. Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Quality of life and Integrated Strategies, Vienna, Austria
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News from ESEE

News from the ESEE 9th Biennial Conference: “Advancing Ecological Economics: Theory and Practice”, June 14-17, Istanbul

The 9th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics is approaching. The conference will take place on June 14-17 in Istanbul at the historical South Campus of Boğaziçi University with the theme: “Advancing Ecological Economics: Theory and Practice”.

Refl ecting on the identity of ecological economics, ESEE 2011 will investigate how ecological economics can broaden the available range of methods and tools for policy support, and increase its relevance for the real-world problems. In this regard, the conference has two main objectives (i) to create a platform for discussion of theories, methodologies and practices already existing in the fi eld and assess what has been achieved so far, (ii) to explore the full potential of ecological economics in dealing with policy issues, both in theory and in practice.

The program includes plenary sessions, special sessions, parallel sessions, poster presentations and a pre-conference student camp. Early registration will be open until 15th of April. For more information about the venue and the conference program please visit the conference website:

Call for future ESEE Conference Organisers

ESEE holds its conference biennially. These conferences normally attract 300-450 social and natural scientists. Last year we met in Ljubljana, and Begüm Özkaynak and her team are currently busy organising next year's meeting in Istanbul.

For 2013 and 2015 we are now looking for individuals / groups who might be interested in applying for organising a conference in either of these years. Organising a conference is an opportunity to highlight the profi le of a research group (or several groups in a country). If you are interested, please send an Expression of Interest to Irene Ring at

European Society for Ecological Economics on Facebook

The Publications and Publicity Committee is committed to use new forms of media to spread news and information about ESEE. To inform in particular about events and publications, it has decided to create a Facebook group called European Society for Ecological Economics. It can be easily found using the search function on Facebook (

Visitors will have access to information published by the group's members and if you join the group you'll be able to post comments and view links, pictures, videos.

For additional information please contact: Ines Omann (email:, and Charlotte Da Cunha (email:

News from ESEE members

Local Food Systems in Europe

The FP7 project ‘FAAN – Facilitating Alternative Agro-Food Networks: Stakeholder Perspectives on Research Needs’ ran from February 2008 to March 2010 to investigate Local Food Systems in fi ve European countries: Austria, England, France, Hungary, and Poland. The research team comprised academic institutions and civil society organisations, and the research process engaged many stakeholder groups. The FAAN booklet summarises the main fi ndings, which are based on qualitative empirical research of 10 case studies, two in each of the partner countries, and it includes recommendations about policy changes that would be necessary to strengthen Local Food Systems in the future.

More detailed information about the FAAN project can be found on the project webpage:

Report from the Degrowth Conference

The Second International Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity (March 26-29, Barcelona) attracted more than 400 researchers. A novel conference feature comprised the operation of working groups. Using collaborative and participatory techniques, the groups constructed research and political proposals towards degrowth, producing numerous proposals.

Presentations, papers, a conference declaration and other background material about the conference are available at

Other news online! This is a platform designed to bridge scientifi c and institutional borders and publicize different courses within this fi eld of study in Vienna (

Final CEECEC Newsletter online! This is a unique open access resource for learning/teaching ecological economics through real-life CSO case studies (

The Daly News online! This is an innovative source of information about the limits to economic growth and the transition to an economy that fi ts within the ecological capacity of the planet (

Proposal for a special issue of the “International Journal of Sustainable Society” - Topic:“The contribution of protected areas to sustainability” (

Advances in energy studies 2010 - In occasion of the workshop the organisers are embarking on an innovative experiment: an interactive website (

University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) – News teaching program at the Master SETE - Science, Environment, Land and Economy (

How do we reach our climate goals? The research institute SERI along with its partners tried to fi gure out answers to this question in the e-co project by order of the “Klima- und Energiefonds (Climate and Energy Fund)” (

New publications (2010)

Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs and Well-being” coedited by Felix Raushmayer, Ines Omann and Johannes Frühmann.

Enough is Enough: Ideas for a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources” edited by Dan O'Neill, Rob Dietz, and Nigel Jones.

Stakeholder attitudes to multifunctional forests in Europe” written by Nijnik M., Nijnik A., Lundin L., Staszewski T., Postolache C.

Challenges of Sustainable Development in Poland” edited by Jakub Kronenberg and Tomasz Bergier.

From Government to Governance?” edited by Kluvánková-Oravská, Tatiana.

Public-private Partnerships in Global Climate Governance” written by Pattberg, Philipp

Forthcoming Events (2011)


Resilient Cities 2011 - Bonn (Germany) from June 3 to June 5 (

Conference on ‘Water Governance: Meeting the Challenges of Global Change’ - Ötz Valley (Austria) from June 5 to June 10 (httpv://

14th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis “Governing Global Challenges” - Venice (Italy) from June 16 to June 18 (

NatureTM Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation - The Hague (The Netherlands) from June 30 to July 2 (

2nd International conference on Landscape Economics - Padua (Italy) from July 4 to July 6 (

International seminar: Synthesizing Different Perspectives on the Value of Urban Ecosystem Services – Lodz (Poland) from July 15 to July 16 (

USSEE 2011 Conference – Michigan (USA) from June 26 to June 29, 2011 (

American Sociological Association: Energy Controversies and Conflicts – Chicago (USA) from August 13 to August 16 (

6th ECPR General Conference – Reykjavík, (Islande) from August 25th to August 27 (

Summer school

IIASA YSSP 2011: Summer Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate Students – Schloss Laxenburg (Austria), from June 1 to September 1 (

ARALIG PhD Course on advanced theories and methods in working with sustainable transition – Søminestationen (Holbaek, Denmark) from June 6 to June 9 (

Summer School in Environmental Governance on Institutions for sustainable development – Åas (Norway) from June 20 to July 1 (

Sixth annual Summer Academy 2011 on Social Vulnerability with the topic “Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation” - outside Munich (Germany) from July 18 to July 22 (

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