This symposium features research that seeks to measure the scale and scope of climate impacts, as well as how best to mitigate those impacts through adaptive markets, public policies, and planning. The symposium invites research from within climate science, economics, geography, law, public health, sociology, urban planning, and related disciplines.
We invite abstract submissions to be considered by our Symposium selection committee by January 31, 2020. Abstracts should feature methods and findings and be no longer than 500 words. All travel and lodging costs for presenters will be covered.
Please upload all presentation abstracts and papers to this submission form.
UC Berkeley is currently soliciting papers from PhD students and post-docs for a climate economics workshop. The deadline for submissions is 9 A.M. December 9, 2019 (Pacific time zone). They encourage papers by PhD students and post-docs undertaking research in any area related to the economics of climate change. They encourage papers that use empirical methods, theory or numerical modelling. Papers can be single authored or co-authored. No restrictions apply to co-authors, i.e. co-authors can be senior researchers.
The workshop will explore recent advances in climate economics, with an emphasis on the linkage between empirical and numerical modeling methods. One goal of the workshop is to bring junior and senior researchers together. The final program will combine presentations from invited leading senior researchers and presentations from the most promising junior researchers (PhD students and post-docs). This is the second workshop of this kind at UC Berkeley, a summary of the previous workshop can be found at https://matrix.berkeley.edu/research/matrix-hosts-advanced-workshop-climate-economics
Applications should be submitted online at https://forms.gle/YgXHjPisEhGmAwv19. Please include either a full working paper or an extended abstract (1-2 pages). PhD students should include a brief letter of recommendation from their advisor that indicates that the submitted abstract/paper will be ready for a full presentation for the workshop.
The workshop will be held at UC Berkeley on Fri 1/31 and Sat 2/1, 2020. All travel and lodging costs will be covered for presenters. The workshop is organized by David Anthoff (Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley), Max Auffhammer (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley) and Solomon Hsiang (Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley) in collaboration with the Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley.
The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position.
They are especially interested in candidates who have demonstrated expertise in investigating interconnected biological and/or environmental systems and will interact widely with colleagues in our department and across the university to build an understanding of the multiple trade-offs and competing objectives that may be present at the systems nexus.
The successful candidate will establish an innovative, high-profile research program that addresses critical problems of society today. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to, sustainable agriculture and/or food systems, food safety and security, and interconnected systems of food/agriculture, energy, water, and climate.
Presented by Eric Kemp-Benedict of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) .
On October 9th, 2019 Eric Kemp-Benedict, senior scientist at SEI and USSEE member, presented for the USSEE webinar series on the topic of the Green New Deal. You can find Eric’s webinar on the USSEE Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5qF4hh9fA
Eric has also made his slides from the presentation available here
Webinar Abstract: In high-income countries, the first generation likely to be substantially impacted by climate change is coming of age, and they are urging us to action. Greta Thunberg is asking us to please panic, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led the writing of the Green New Deal resolution. Their calls are grounded in appeals to “the science”: the physical mechanisms driving climate change and evidence of impacts from the natural sciences. Meanwhile, William Nordhaus was given the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics for his work on the economics of climate change. His research program has arguably allowed for people to tell us not to panic. Yet, his has not been the only view within economics. In this presentation, I will briefly survey some of the alternatives and present a simple model for exploring broad alternatives. I will then talk about the role of social and institutional trust in making major systemic changes in a time of uncertainty.
Presented by Eric Kemp-Benedict of the Stockholm Environment Institute. Wednesday October 9th, 1-2pm EDT
In high-income countries, the first generation likely to be substantially impacted by climate change is coming of age, and they are urging us to action. Greta Thunberg is asking us to please panic, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led the writing of the Green New Deal resolution. Their calls are grounded in appeals to “the science”: the physical mechanisms driving climate change and evidence of impacts from the natural sciences. Meanwhile, William Nordhaus was given the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics for his work on the economics of climate change. His research program has arguably allowed for people to tell us not to panic. Yet, his has not been the only view within economics. In this presentation, I will briefly survey some of the alternatives and present a simple model for exploring broad alternatives. I will then talk about the role of social and institutional trust in making major systemic changes in a time of uncertainty.
Eric Kemp-Benedict, a Senior Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and USSEE member, studies the macroeconomics of a sustainability transition. He joined SEI in 1997, where he has contributed to scenario and modeling studies on diverse topics of relevance to sustainability at national, regional, and global levels. Eric led SEI’s Rethinking Development theme during 2011 and 2012, was director of SEI’s Asia Centre from 2013 until 2016, and is a member of SEI’s Global Research Committee. He has a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas in Austin and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Boston University, as well as an MAT in secondary physics education from Tufts University.
NBER is seeking papers or proposals for the second annual NBER conference/publication on Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy. They will accept six papers for presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 2020. The audience will include the professional staffs of government agencies, research institutions, and NGOs focused on energy and environmental policy. The contributed papers will then be published in an annual volume by the University of Chicago Press.
To view last year’s agenda and papers for the forthcoming volume, please click HERE and HERE.
Papers should be relevant to current policy debates in the United States and accessible to a professional audience, yet following standard NBER protocol, they should avoid making policy recommendations. While standalone projects are specifically encouraged, they also welcome spinoff projects where authors intend to later submit a more extensive or technical version to a journal, or may have already done so. While no paper should be a duplicate of another paper, alternate versions that put results into a more general, policy relevant context and summarize them in more accessible language are encouraged. This is a great opportunity to communicate research to the policy community.
Submissions should be either complete papers or 2-3 page abstracts outlining the intended contribution. Submissions are due by October 14, 2019, and can be uploaded at
Submissions from researchers who are not affiliated with the NBER, and from researchers who are from groups that have been historically under-represented in the economics profession, are welcome. The authors of each paper will share an $8,000 honorarium.
Decisions about accepted papers will be made by mid-November. Complete drafts of papers will be due in early April 2019.
The conference and publication is being organized and edited by Matthew Kotchen (Yale), along with James Stock (Harvard) and Catherine Wolfram (Berkeley)
Now accepting submissions for Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics
The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont invites submissions for the inaugural Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which celebrates outstanding writing on the environmental limits of our finite planet.
The winning author will receive $4,000, plus financial support for a trip to the University of Vermont for a public campus event in Burlington, VT.
The Zencey Prize will recognize the best current affairs book or long-form journalism that addresses real-world environmental issues using the principles of ecological economics, a field that explores the relationships between economics and Earth’s limited natural resources.
To be eligible, submissions must be published in English, in the years 2018 or 2019, and target a general audience.
The prize is named after Eric Zencey, a pioneering scholar and public intellectual who worked to bring ecological economics outside the academy to understand and address the political, economic, social, and environmental challenges facing society.
“I hope this prize will inspire future generations of environmental writers and ecological economists to communicate real-world solutions beyond ‘the Ivory Tower,’” said Eric Zencey (1954-2019), whose life will be celebrated on Sept. 29.
UVM students and scholars will benefit from the Zencey Prize through educational opportunities, seminars, readings, and events.
“The Gund Institute for Environment is a leader in ecological economics, thanks to the efforts of scholars like Eric Zencey,” said Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute. “The Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics is an important new prize for the field – and exemplifies Eric’s passion for real-world issues. We thank the Zencey family for their vision and generosity.”
The term “ecological economics” need not appear in submitted works, but the field’s underlying goals – understanding links among ecological, economic and social systems and advancing sustainability, equity, and human well-being – must be evident.
The USSEE is excited
to announce our 2019 award recipients: Jonathan Harris of Tufts University for
the Herman Daly Award, and Mahadev Bhat of Floridan International University
for the Bernado Aguilar Award. Dr. Harris and Dr. Bhat were presented with
their awards by USSEE president Robert Richardson at the member luncheon of the
10th biennial conference on Wednesday August 14th.
Herman Daly Award
This award is given in honor of Herman Daly, one of the
visionaries who founded the field of ecological economics. The award is
designed to recognize individuals who have connected ecological economic
thinking to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are
sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. An
ad-hoc Awards committee, composed of USSEE Board members, convenes prior to the
biennial conference, no later than February of the conference year. The
committee actively seeks nominations for the award, researches the candidates,
and makes a recommendation to the USSEE board as a whole. The board then votes
on the award. The award is given in conjunction with the US Society for
Ecological Economics biennial conference.
The 2019 Herman Daly Award is presented to Dr. Jonathan M. Harris.
Harris is a Senior Research Associate with the Global Development and
Environment Institute at Tufts University. Dr. Harris is co-author of Environmental
and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (4th ed.,
Routledge, 2018) and of Macroeconomics in Context, Principles of
Economics in Context, and Microeconomics in Context (Routledge,
2019), author of “Green Keynesianism: Beyond Standard Growth Paradigms” in Building
a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (Robert Richardson
ed., MSU Press 2013); co-editor of Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics:
Responding to the Climate Challenge (Edward Elgar, 2009), New Thinking
in Macroeconomics: Social and Institutional Perspectives (Edward Elgar,
2003), and of the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought volumes A
Survey of Sustainable Development, A Survey of Ecological Economics,
and Human Well-Being and Economic Goals. He is also editor of Rethinking
Sustainability: Power, Knowledge, and Institutions; author of World
Agriculture and the Environment; and co-author of environmental teaching
modules on climate change, renewable energy, and environmental issues in
macroeconomics. He has served as President of the United States Society for
Ecological Economics, and as Adjunct Associate Professor of International
Economics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Bernardo Aguilar Award
This award is given in honor of Bernardo Aguilar, a longtime
member of ISEE and USSEE, a current member of the ISEE Board, and a former
member of the USSEE Board. The Bernardo Aguilar Award was established in 2007
and is given to a person nominated and selected by students. The award was
created to recognize a professional who has inspired students through teaching,
research, ideas, and/or mentoring in ecological economics.
The 2019 Bernardo Aguilar Award is presented to Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat.
Dr. Mahadev Bhat is Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Economics at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Bhat’s research focuses economic and policy issues relating to natural resources management, including sustainable development, agriculture, water, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystem services valuation. He has more than 250 research articles, book chapters, publications and presentations. He has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation, National Parks Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private foundations. Dr. Bhat has advised more than 30 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students on their research and independent study projects. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 different USDA grant programs, which helped train over 400 under-represented students in agricultural and natural resources sciences and prepare them for career and higher education. His USDA-funded grants helped establish a multi-university consortium for training over 150 Hispanic students in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Dr. Bhat co-established the FIU Organic Garden, which serves as a teaching tool in urban and sustainable agriculture. The Garden was designated as a People’s Garden by USDA for having promoted sustainable agriculture education and benefited the FIU student community.
“Was it worth the intellectual
effort to work as an economist? The problems I encountered in economics remain
very much with us. We are still stymied by complacence and understatement of
inequality, the use of overly mathematical cost-benefit models and low carbon
cost estimates to justify bad policy, and miscalculation of current and future
Dr. Ackerman spent his career at Tellus Institute, the
Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, Stockholm
Environment Institute, and Synapse Energy Economics, where he advised
government agencies and non-governmental organizations on a range of climate,
energy, and other environmental policy initiatives. Many of his publications,
including papers, op-eds, and information about his books can be found at his website. He published
numerous articles in Ecological Economics, and his work has been cited
in the journal scores of times. Frank Ackerman’s intellectual contributions to
the field of ecological economics are significant, and he will be greatly
missed. His obituary was published in the Boston
The 7th International Degrowth and 16th ISEE Joint Conference
Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis
Call for sub-themes
We are delighted to announce that the first ever joint conference between the International Degrowth Research Network and the International Society for Ecological Economics will take place 1-5 September 2020 in Manchester, UK. This conference will bring together academics from the Degrowth and Ecological Economics communities, voices from the Global North and Global South, civil society actors, activists, artists and policy-makers. It aims to break down silos and stimulate dialogues between and within different perspectives, disciplines and social movements.
Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis is the overarching theme of the conference. Economic systems have always co-evolved with social, environmental and technological systems. The worsening ecological and climate crisis means we must urgently abandon practices of production and consumption that drive ecological degradation and that rely on unsustainable extractivism. We must develop alternative livelihoods which are harmonious with planetary limits and safeguard material living conditions. We must invent and trial new ways of working, providing for everyone’s needs, caring for each other and democratising the economy. We must seek clarity about the systems of provisioning which will be utilised in a society beyond growth where states and markets play more peripheral roles in the allocation of resources. In short, we must ask what are the alternative livelihoods which ensure the future conditions of societal wellbeing.
The construction of alternative livelihoods entails a radical transformation of economy, culture and society. What are the institutional arrangements which safely provide for basic needs, social stability and democratic legitimacy in the transition to environmental sustainability? How can both social and ecological justice for the populations of the Global North and the Global South be ensured? How can political support be mobilised for the necessary transformations? How can the transition to environmental sustainability be made politically viable and democratically legitimate?
We list below some of the topics that the conference could cover. We also look forward to ideas beyond these, which would expand the geographical and thematic scope of degrowth, as well as advance and further substantiate current debates and dialogue within and between degrowth and ecological economics.
the economy beyond states and markets
the future of employment, work and care
debates on degrowth, green growth, the circular economy, and decoupling
the democratisation of the economy and alternative models and forms of organisation
the production and conservation of energy
low carbon and low energy futures
forms of decommodification and non-capitalist modes of resource allocation
money, debt and the financial system
financing the (transition to a) post-growth society
monetary and non-monetary measures of prosperity and well-being
a universal basic income or universal basic services
the green new deal
the decentralisation of power
decolonization and feminist economics as challenges to power
post- growth policy-making, law and governance
how to respond to the ethno-nationalist environmentalism and anti-environmentalism of ascendant populist groups
the politics of transitions to sustainability and the lessons to be learned from past socio-economic and cultural transformation
spatial issues: planning, housing and the future of cities
diversity: class, race, gender, abilities
Sustainable Development Goals
conflict resolution processes and socio-ecological transformations
biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable livelihoods
political economy and ecological economics/degrowth
sustainable livelihoods and ecological sufficiency
languages of valuation and ecological conflicts
extractivism, environmental justice and illicit activities
social ecological economics
production and consumption
slow science and degrowth of publication economy
strategies for degrowth transformation: lessons from the Vienna conference
There will be two stages for the call for both academic and activist contributions. The first stage is a call for sub-theme conveners. Academics and activists who wish to actively participate in these sub-themes or suggest new sub-themes for inclusion in the conference should submit a proposal by30th September 2019. Descriptions of the sub-themes should speak to the overall conference theme. They should be sent firstname.lastname@example.org
Each sub-theme can go from one to four sessions, with up to four papers or other contributions per session. There are many formats which a session can adopt, including the traditional format of paper presentations with a specific thematic focus, roundtable discussions, and participatory sessions encouraging reflection on a particular topic using an open format (e.g. discussion workshops, dialogical/reading/planning sessions, walks, etc.). Sub-theme conveners will be given full autonomy and responsibility for the organisation of sub-themes.
Sub-theme conveners should present the following information in their proposal:
presenters/roundtable participants anticipated;
subtheme abstract (1 paragraph, maximum 250 words);
how does this subtheme relate to the overall conference theme (maximum 100 words);
format (paper presentation, round-table debate, etc.);
live or remote or both;
number of 1-2 hour sessions anticipated.
Successful sub theme proposers will hear by 30th October 2019.
Once sub-themes have been selected, we will announce a second deadline for individual abstracts for papers. The main language of the conference is English, but we will review submissions in other languages also. For any questions, please contact us at: email@example.com.
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