Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics 2018

2-8 April

Green Economy for Countries, Cities and Regions: Ecosystems, Economy, Policy

The School will address key elements of the new economy transformation, exploring the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological economics. With a clear sustainable development focus, it will draw on the expertise of a range of disciplines: economics, ecology, physics, environmental sciences, sociology, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability. The course will be composed of a theoretical and applied modules and will address three key elements of the new economy transformation: an industrial ecology approach, multiple criteria methods for decision making and new tools for measuring progress.

In the theoretical part, it will analyse the concept of economy-environment interactions and industrial ecology, which highlights the importance of intersectoral flows of matter and energy required for the production of the goods and services. The method of environmentally extended input-output analysis, actively used for policy applications around the world, will be introduced to illustrate this approach. Ideas of interdisciplinary synthesis and methodological pluralism will be introduced alongside institutional economic approaches. Next, it will explore the system of tools for decision making based on multicriteria methods, used for policy appraisal, which applied at different levels could shift the patterns of decisions making towards more socially equitable and more environmentally friendly as well as economically sound decisions. Acting as a bridge to the policy module, the final theoretical session will criticise existing approaches to measure macro sustainability performance and will introduce new conceptual tools for the assessment of progress. A particular attention will be paid to ecosystems, the impacts of the economy on the ecosystems and alternative ecosystem services assessment and valuation techniques.

The applied module will be taught by active professionals and experts, who advise international organizations, national and city governments around the world and have experience working with EU institutions. The School will draw on the EU experience of environmental policy and will focus in its applied part on green fiscal reform, climate change, renewable energy, multidimensional poverty measurement, sustainable cities and values. The scope of sustainability issues addressed during the Summer School, covering not only economic and environmental, but also social sustainability, will make this Summer School truly unique.

The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD students, government experts, representatives of international organizations and business. The course will give participants an opportunity to explore key methodologies for ecological-economic analysis and to apply these to various case studies. Oxford Summer and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organized by Environment Europe attracted participants from 52 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, and Australia (please see the map).

The course is taught by the leading ecological economists, environmental policy and sustainable urban development experts in Europe.

Theoretical and Policy Module

1. Ecological Economics: the Science of Economy-Environment Interactions (Dr Joachim H. Spangenberg, SERI Germany)

2. Ecological Conflicts around the World through the Prism of Ecological Economics (Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, to be confirmed)

3. Ecological Economics: Institutions and Governance (Prof. Arild Vatn, Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

4. Renewable Energy Transitions: the Path to Success (Prof. Dave Elliott, The Open University)

5. Green Economy Policies in the EU: Environmental and Resource Taxation (Dr Stefan Speck, European Environment Agency)

6. Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for Sustainable Development: ELECTRE, NAIADE, APIS (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK)

Case Studies

7. The Story of REDD (Ambassador Kevin Conrad, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, USA)

8. Assessing Progress Towards Sustainability with a Multidimensional Approach: USA, Brazil, China, Russia, UK, Germany, France (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK)

9. Multi-Criteria Assessment of Megacities: London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Singapore (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK)

10. Cities and Ecosystems Services: A Pathway towards a Regenerative City (Prof. Herbert Girardet, The Club of Rome & World Future Council)

11. People, Values and Sustainable Development (Prof. Irina Shmeleva, Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies)

12. The History of Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine (Greg Neale, Editor in Chief, Resurgence Magazine)

12. Simulations Game

The requirements for the School are the following:

1. After you have successfully registered for the Spring School, you will receive access to the required readings. You will also receive access to over 100 seminal papers in ecological economics, which will provide a useful background reading in sustainability.

2. Each participant will have to prepare a presentation about his or her background (brief) and project (in more detail) so that all the course participants could get acquainted with you and your work better. The presentation should take 15 min and will be given on the first day of the course.

3. Each participant will be required to develop an independent or a collaborative project and present the preliminary results: methodology, data, key research questions, anticipated conclusion, including the sources of possible surprises, non-linearities and unpredictable behaviour.

Application Deadline: 15 March 2018. Application fee £25 (via PayPal - please insert the PayPal Transaction ID in the relevant field).

Deadline for early registrations: 1 March 2017, Registration fees:
Academic (proof is required): £1175
National and city governments and NGOs: £1675
Business and International Organizations: £2175
(Accommodation at St Hilda's college is included, lunches and coffee will be provided)

Deadline for late registrations: 15 March 2017, Registration fees:
Academic (proof is required): £1575
National and city governments and NGOs: £2075
Business and International Organizations: £2575

(Accommodation at St Hilda's college is included, lunches and coffee will be provided)

Environment Europe alumni will be eligible for a £100 discount.

You are most welcome to apply. Please note that registration fees cannot be refunded.

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Director Dr Stanislav Shmelev

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Program Director Dr Irena Michalowska