Environmental Policy and Governance

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Edited By: Andy Gouldson

Impact Factor: 1.35

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 45/93 (Environmental Studies)

Online ISSN: 1756-9338

Associated Title(s): Business Strategy and the Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Sustainable Development

News from ESEE

News from the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)

By Charlotte Da Cunha1 and Ines Omann2, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, REEDS (Research in Ecological Economics, Eco-Innovation & Tool Development for Sustainability), Guyancourt, France 2 Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Quality of life and Integrated Strategies, Vienna, Austria

News from ESEE and its members
Report from the ESEE 9th Biennial Conference: "Advancing Ecological Economics: Theory and Practice", June 14-17, Istanbul

The 9th International Conference of the European Society took place in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University between 14 June and 17 June 2011with a great success. The theme of ESEE 2011 was “Advancing Ecological Economics: Theory and Practice” and the conference aimed at investigating how ecological economics can broaden the available range of methods and tools for policy support, and increase its relevance for real-world problems. More than 350 participants from 41 countries attended the conference and 320 papers and 14 papers in total were presented in 82 sessions during the meetings. The sessions were organised around the following 8 broad themes: Conceptual Foundations, Methods, Indicators, Policy Analysis, Instruments, Socioeconomic Transitions, Civil Society and Governance, and Education.

Presentations in the plenaries were all very inspiring and were well complemented with stimulating discussions at the end. In the opening plenary, Arild Vatn challenged the dominant responses to our economic and ecological crisis and argued that ‘green economics’ and ‘green growth’ may not hold their promises for a better future. In the system dynamics plenary, Yaman Barlas draw our attention to the strong links between the fields of system dynamics and ecological economics and Erling Moxnes introduced a unifying theory of local and global overshoots and discussed how to protect against them. In the political economy plenary, Martin O’Connor brought together contemporary ecological economics notions of limits to substitutability of natural capital and environmental services with classical notions of class conflict, unequal exchange and corresponding theory of value. Susan Paulson then gave us some insights from selected Latin American contexts and conversations about historical relations between economies and ecologies.

The morning plenary in the last day of the conference was about sustainability transitions. Frank Geels underlined the need for an analytical shift in the unit of analysis from the economy as a whole to more specific socio-technical systems and presented the Multi-Level Perspective as a way forward. Then, Nicholas Ashford touched upon the importance of law and strong government in transforming the industrial state and called for both a strategic approach that ‘opens up the problem space’ to include mutually supportive social goals and a political/legal approach to ‘open up the participatory space’. John O’Neill was our closing plenary speaker and made a thought provoking speech on happiness, good life and sustainability via video-conferencing.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank one again all conference participants, the scientific committee and the reviewers who helped us to put together a pleasant program. All abstracts, presentations and full papers are now available in the online conference archive (http://www.esee2011.org/). The Environmental Policy and Governance (EPG) journal will also produce an issue covering material from this conference and the call will be made soon. The next biennial ESEE conference will take place on July 3-5, 2013 in Lille, France.

ESEE 2011 and students

Preconference Workshop: Report

This year's ESEE conference was preceded by a workshop hosted at the same campus of Bogazici University. More than 40 graduate students and lecturers participated in the 3-day workshop. Senior researches lectured on the foundations of "social" ecological economics and graduate students presented some of their work. This proved to be an excellent combination to kick off discussions and create ties between young researchers.
ESEE 2011 student prize The winner of ESEE 2011 student prize is Jasper Kenter for the paper on: "The importance of deliberation in valuing ecosystem services in developing countries - Evidence from the Solomon Islands" (Jasper O. Kenter, Tony Hyde, Michael Christie, Ioan Fazey)

Association for Ecological Economics in Spain launched in December 2010

During the last four years, a growing community of scholars, practitioners and activists have been holding annual meetings to coordinate and promote sustainability research, policy and action from the approaches of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology in Spain. Since December 2010, this association has been formalized and acquired the legal status as the 'Asociación de Economía Ecológica en España (EcoEcoEs)' (Association for Ecological Economics in Spain)'.

The overall objective of EcoEcoEs is expanding the scope of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology within the Spanish State, strengthening the links between scholars, decision makers, and members of the civil society. The association will be led by an executive committee to be decided by ballot in summer 2010. In the meantime, and following decisions taken in the foundational meeting in Madrid in December 2010, a provisory board has been conformed with the following members: Esther Velázquez (President), Oscar Carpintero (vice-president); Xoán Doldán (secretary); Maria Jesús Beltrán, Erik Gómez-Baggethun, and Pedro Lomas (vocals).

The constitution of EcoEcoEs is an important step towards the strengthening of Ecological Economics in Spain and beyond, and EcoEcoEs looks forward to have a close collaboration with ESEE and ISEE.

Other news

TEEB evaluation. Everyone who has been involved or who has an interest in TEEB is encouraged to make sure their experiences and opinions are taken into account in a formal UNEP evaluation of the project, which is being undertaken now by independent consultant Dave Pritchard. Please give your views on what’s worked best, what hasn’t, and where it should all go next, by contacting Dave at dep@dendros.org.uk

"Humanity Can and Must Do More with Less: UNEP experts warn: 'Decouple' resource consumption and economic growth rates". The full report is available here.

New publications (2010 et 2011)

Andersson, J. O. and Eriksson, R. (2010). Elements of Ecological Economics, Routledge Chapman & Hall. 164 pp.

Endres, A. (2010). Environmental Economics - Theory and Policy, Cambridge University Press. 400 pp.

Shmelev, S. E. (2011). Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice, Springer. 267 pp.

Forthcoming Conferences (2012)

Planet Under Pressure: New knowledge towards solutions - London (UK) from March 26 to March 29.
Exploring the Political and Institutional Dimensions of Market-based Instruments for Ecosystem Services” - Berlin (Germany) from March 13 to March 14. www.ecosystemservices.de