References & Other Resources

Recommended Reading List

General Books about Ecological and Alternative Economics

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by EF Schumacher

What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz

Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene, Peter G. Brown and Peter Timmerman, eds. 2015

Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, by Rob Dietz, Dan O’Neill, Herman Daly

Governing the commons: the evolution of institutions for collective action, by Elinor Ostrom

Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, Kate Raworth, 2017.

Text Books

An Introduction to Ecological Economics by Robert Costanza and John H. Cumberland, 2nd Edition 2014

Ecological Economics, Principles and Applications by Farley and Daly 2003

Ecological Economics: An Introduction by Common and Stagl, 2005

Microeconomics in Context (2019). Fourth Edition. Goodwin, Harris, Nelson, Rajkarnikar, Roach and Torras. 

Macroeconomics in Context (2019) Third Edition. Goodwin, Harris, Nelson, Rajkarnikar, Roach, and Torras

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach, by Dr. Jonathan M. Harris and Dr. Brian Roach.

Behavioral Economics

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by R. Thaler and C.Sunstein

Bio-Physical Limitations

Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development by Herman Daly

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature by Carl McDaniel and John Gowdy

Planetary Economics by Michael Grubb


Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen

Poor Economics: By Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

Theories of Development: Contentions, Arguments, and Alternatives by Richard Peet and Elaine Hartwick

The Kochia Chronicles by Khanjan Mehta

Teaching Modules

Tufts Universities Global Development and the Environment Institute: Modules on a variety of topics related to economics and the environment

Organizations to Follow

Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET):

New Economics Foundation:

New Economy Coalition :

Schumacher Center for New Economics:

Nework of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers  (NESSE)

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

Center for the Advancement of a Steady State Economy (CASSE):

International Society for Ecological Economics

Associated Publications

Edited Collections from USSEE Conference Proceedings


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