Special Issue "A Research Agenda for Ecological Economics"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).
Interests: ecological economics; ecosystem services; system sustainability; monetary systems; policy; service learning; common assets; steady state economy; economic globalization; economic development; ecological restoration; ecosystem valuation; quality of life
In response to our biophysical and social predicaments, Ecological Economics (EE) emerged during the 1970s and 1980s as a transdisciplinary paradigm grounding the study and application of economics within the biophysical realities of a complex, finite world and the moral obligations of a just society. Since then, the field of EE has come far, but numerous challenges remain. Most important, economic growth increasingly threatens global life support functions, while failing to meet the basic needs of much of the world’s population.
While EE is fundamentally a problem-driven transdiscipline that adopts whatever tools and theories are required to address critical ecological and social challenges, there is growing dissension within EE over methodological pluralism. Specifically, there is concern over the excessive reliance on conventional market models of the economy and the corresponding emphasis on the monetization and commodification of nature, and on the role of heterodox economic theories, generating internal disputes that undermine our ability to collaborate towards common goals. EE increasingly acknowledges the transformative role of monetary and financial systems, as well as other economic institutions, but there is little agreement over their specific impacts and how they must be transformed to achieve a sustainable and just society. Finally, EE has made little progress toward a coherent theory of change—how to transform our research into the necessary cultural transition. These challenges contribute to methodological incoherence and loss of the moral imperative that once existed in EE.
The goal of this Special Issue is to solicit recommendations for a research agenda from established experts in the field, and perhaps more importantly, from the coming generation of ecological economists who will tasked with its implementation. We now find ourselves at an interesting moment in time—original contributors to the discipline are retiring and new scholars are emerging with desires to contribute to the field in a meaningful way. For your submission, we ask that you:
- Consider and remember the roots of EE through Daly and Farley’s “call for a return to the beginnings of economics as a moral philosophy explicitly directed toward raising the quality of life of this and future generations”.
- Co-author papers with students, emerging scholars, and those with whom you have significant cross-over. If we receive abstracts with significant cross-over, we may ask the authors to write a collaborative paper.
- Clearly identify the debate, discourse, or research agendas that you deem important and valuable for the future of EE.
- Consider sketching the outlines of a doctoral thesis built on your proposed agenda, which would potentially increase your article’s usefulness to the next generation of ecological economists and hence its impact.
Please submit your abstract at: cansee.ca/futures
Prof. Dr. Josh Farley
Dr. Katie Kish
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- Ecological economics
- Research agendas
- Ecosystem services
- Economic sociology
- Ecological economic policy
- Socioecological systems
- Emerging debates
- Just Distribution of Wealth and Resources