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Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics 2020 2020

22-28 March

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.
In the methodological part, the course 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 practical 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 including multi-stakeholder approaches.

The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD students, government experts, representatives of international organisations 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.

The Oxford, Spring, Summer and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organised by Environment Europe attracted participants from 58 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Iceland, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Latvia, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, including UNDP, UNEP, IUCN, OECD, WWF, GGGI experts as well as representatives of ministries, companies, NGOs and leading universities.

Application Deadline: 20 February 2020.
Application fee: £25
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Deadline for early registrations: 15 January 2020
Registration fees

- Academic (proof is required): £1975
- National and city governments, NGOs and senior OECD academics: £2475
- Business and International Organisations: £2975
- (Accommodation at St Hilda's college is included, lunches and coffee will be provided)


Deadline for late registrations: 01 March 2020
Registration fees

Academic (proof is required): £2275
National and city governments, NGOs and senior OECD academics: £2775
Business and International Organisations: £3275

Accommodation is included, lunches and coffee will be provided. There will be special scholarships available for PhD and young scholars from Costa Rica and Central America. To qualify the applicant will be required to submit a 300 word essay outlining his/her motivation to take part in the programme, how his/her participation will assist in advancing sustainability in the region and globally and how will the applicant promote the programme after graduation.

We will welcome business sponsors who would be willing to sponsor a participant from a developing country. Please contact director@environmenteurope.org to discuss packages available.

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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Books
Shmelev S.E (2012)

Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice

Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice
Shmelev S.E,Shmeleva I. A. (2012)

Sustainability Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Sustainability Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Annie Griffiths,National Geographic (2014)

Stunning Photographs

Stunning Photographs
Shmelev S.E (2017)

Green Economy Reader. Lectures in Ecological Economics and Sustainability

Green Economy Reader. Lectures in Ecological Economics and Sustainability
Shmelev S.E (2018)

ECOSYSTEMS

ECOSYSTEMS
Team

Dr Stanislav Shmelev

Director Dr Stanislav Shmelev

Dr Irena Michalowska

Program Director Dr Irena Michalowska