Welcome to the European Society for Ecological Economics

ESEE is the European branch of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE).

ESEE is a non-profit and member-governed organisation dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social and economic systems for the mutual well-being of people and the planet.

ESEE is a diverse, inclusive, and friendly society and is a network of like-minded scholars, practitioners,  decision makers and activists, offering various platforms (conferences, newsletter, social media, podcast) for the sharing and exchange of ideas in the realm of ecological economics.

ESEE provides a forum so that we might all better understand and confront the socio-ecological crises of our time. Add your voice to the discussion by becoming a member.

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ESEE has only recently moved to this domain and, in the process, we lost some of website content. This is why the most ‘recent’ posts are in fact rather dated. We’re working behind the scenes to shape up the site again – in terms of content as well as form! Thanks for your patience.

3 year PhD position in ABM of human environment systems

The POLISES group (www.polises.de) at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ Leipzig, Germany, is offering a three years PhD Position on: 

“Modelling human-environment systems: How to effectively design climate risk instruments?”

from April 1, 2022 on with a methodological focus on agent-based modelling.

The PhD project is embedded in the interdisciplinary project INSURANCEGRASS on “Assessment of formal, natural and social insurances: how to cope best with impacts of extreme events on grasslands for sustainable farming systems?”. In a consortium of agro-economists and grassland ecologists from ETH Zurich, biodiversity economists from IDiv Leipzig and social –ecological modellers at UFZ 4 PhD students will focus on sustainable grassland management systems in Germany and Switzerland.

The deadline for application is December 15th, 2021.

More information on: https://recruitingapp-5128.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/2318/Description/2

Please forward it to interested colleagues in your network.

ESEE-PISA 2021 abstract submission deadline extended to December 7

Have you already applied for the European Society for Ecological Economics conference, taking place in Pisa 14-17 June 2021?

Will Achilles catch up with the tortoise?

It’s high time for transformative action on sustainability

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ESEE elections 2021!


The terms of office of 7 Board Members, our President and 2 Vice-Presidents is ending in 2021 after 3 years, which means we will have elections by the end of the year!

The calendar for 2021 elections is as follows:

  • Monday, 1 November – Sunday, 28 November: 4 weeks nomination period
  • First week of December: Preparations for elections
  • Monday, 6 December – Sunday, 26 December: 3 weeks election period

You can find the nominations via the dedicated pages below:



As only active ESEE Members and active student members paying their membership fees are entitled to stand and/or vote for the board elections, we encourage you to renew your membership as soon as possible. Based on the election calendar, you need to be an ESEE member or an active student member until Sunday, 28 November 2021 to be eligible to vote in this year’s elections.