Oxford Winter School in Ecological Economics 2015
4-8 January 2015
Oxford Winter School in Ecological Economics 2014 will be held at St Hilda's College
This course explores the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field emerged in response to global sustainability crisis. With a clear sustainable development focus, it draws 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. Ecological economics has been critical of the dominant approaches to decision making, namely cost-benefit analysis, the use of GDP as a key economic progress measure and the limits of the economic models not taking into account resource and environmental constraints. ‘Green Economy’ and ‘Beyond GDP’ movements are inspired by the ideas proposed by ecological economists.
The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD students, MSc 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 and Summer Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organized by Environment Europe attracted participants from Canada, USA, Mexico, Equador, 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.
- The Economic System and the Environment: Themes and Methods (Prof. Juan Martinez-Alier, ICTA, UA Barcelona) - to be confirmed
- Ecological-Economic Modelling: Input-Output Analysis for Sustainability
- Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for Sustainable Development: ELECTRE, NAIADE, APIS (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe)
- Assessing Progress Towards Sustainability: A Multidimensional Approach (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe)
- Sustainability Across the World: USA, Brazil, China, Russia, UK, Germany, France (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe)
- Green Economy in Europe: Policies and Success Stories (Dr. Stefan Speck, European Environment Agency)
- Sustainable Cities: A Pathway towards a Regenerative City (Prof. Herbert Girardet, World Future Council)
- Sustainable and Unsustainable Regional Development: The Case of Malta (Dr. John Powel, CCRI, University of Gloucestershire)
- Renewable Energy: International Experience and the Keys to Success (Prof. Dave Elliott, The Open University)
- Ecological Consciousness: Values, Attitudes and Decision Making (Prof. Irina Shmeleva, Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies)
- Simulations Game
The requirements for the course are the following:
- After your application is accepted and you have paid your course fees, you will receive reading materials. The pool of literature you will receive will include a wide spectrum of papers from the early history of ecological economics to the current trends. It will be compulsory to read one or two papers for each lecture and be ready to present them and discuss them from the point of view of the methodology, conclusions, and significance for ecological economics and sustainability analysis.
- The book 'Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice' (amazon link) is going to be the core text for the course and you are welcome to acquire a copy or borrow one from your library. The book contains useful bibliography, charts, and it would make your course experience more fruitful.
- Each participant will have to prepare a presentation about your 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.
- 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 (if any).