Category Archives: Education & Publications

Daniel Kahneman on perceiving happiness

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our “experiencing selves” and our “remembering selves” perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy — and our own self-awareness.  Check out the TED talk …

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgRlrBl-7Yg&fs=1&hl=en_US]

PBS series on Emerging Science highlights Ecological Economics

USSEE president Jon Erickson, and founding ISEE president Robert Costanza, were featured in an episode on ecological economics in this season’s Emerging Science, a production of Vermont Public Television.  The full episode is available online at:  http://video.vpt.org/video/1409029473/.  Here’s a teaser:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCjE2fjX6ok&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Sendhil Mullainathan on behavioral economics and social problems

MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems — those we know how to solve, but don’t. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology … yet somehow, we don’t or can’t. Why?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBJQENjZJaA&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Teaching Resources in UG Economics

HEFCE-Funded TRUE Project (Teaching Resources in UG Economics)

Teaching Heterodox Economics

TRUE aims to make teaching resources – syllabi, reading lists, problem sets, assessments, etc – freely available online. The relevant pages on the Economics Network web site are in the form of a wiki. Teachers who express interest will receive a login and can edit the pages – in particular, by uploading their teaching resources, or they can simply email me the files they want uploaded.

For heterodox economists of all kinds this is a great opportunity to show what we are doing in the classroom, to influence future generations of teachers, to inform students (thus allowing them to demand something different of their teachers), and to gain feedback on our teaching resources from our colleagues. Please have a look at the heterodox economics TRUE page http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/heterodox . You can then either (a) email me (a.denis@city.ac.uk) to request a login, which will enable you to start making changes, or (b) email the files you want uploaded and I will do it willingly. You can also make comments at the bottom of each page, and you can make contributions to the 13 other wikis, on development, econometrics, environmental economics, etc – please see the list of links at http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/projects/oer.

Please note that where the course is taught does not matter – it does not have to be in the UK. Contributions must be in English, however. Material which is not yet actually taught but constitutes a suggested syllabus, etc, is fine, as long as that is made clear. Despite the title, materials relating to MSc-level courses are also welcome. I hope you will want to take advantage of this opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Andy Denis
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Economics Department
City University London
London EC1V 0HB
+44 (0)20 7040 0257
http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/andy.denis

Solutions Launch Announcement

I would like to introduce you to Solutions, an online and print publication devoted exclusively to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world’s environmental, ecological, and socio-economic problems.

Launching in January 2010, Solutions is a unique hybrid between a glossy, coffee-table style magazine and an authoritative peer-reviewed journal.  The website, featuring our exclusive archive of peer-reviewed articles and online community of fellow problem solvers, can be found at: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com.

Published bimonthly, and distributed internationally, Solutions will synthesize the best of our knowledge and creativity, driven by a vision of a sustainable and desirable future. Founded by the world-renowned scholars Robert Costanza, Paul Hawken, David Orr, and John Todd, the publication brings cutting edge ideas of academics and professionals to an audience of policy makers, business leaders, and engaged public.

To keep up-to-date with the latest solutions coming out, join us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Become part of the Solution. Submit an article or subscribe online.

M.S. in Sustainability Management Information Session

You are cordially invited to join us for an information session on Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the proposed M.S. in Sustainability Management being developed by Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education and The Earth Institute.

The M.S. in Sustainability Management is a brand-new program that will formally train and educate sustainability practitioners for a broad range of fields. Students will learn sophisticated environmental measurement tools and cutting-edge environmental science to fully understand the systematic and organizational role of sustainability in any organization. This program is ideal for practitioners and aspiring professionals working in organizational management, regulatory compliance, facilities operations, and environmental stewardship. This program will accommodate busy schedules and have both a full-time a part-time track.

For more information about this program, please go to:

www.ce.columbia.edu/sustainability

Date: Thursday, November 19

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Hilton Times Square Hotel

To register for the information session, please go to:

https://register.applyyourself.com/?id=col-scems&pid=1953&eID=25106&rid=1

Master of Science in Sustainability Management School of Continuing Education and The Earth Institute Columbia University www.ce.columbia.edu/sustainability

Pending approval by the University Senate, the program plans to accept the first class beginning in fall 2010.

Contact: Columbia Univ. School of Int’l & Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027