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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Work in progress

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.

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.

New #EconomicsForRebels Podcast on Living Well Within Limits, with Andrew Fanning

Living well within limits, Andrew Fanning, EconomicsForRebels, Alexandra Köves

New episode of #EconomicsForRebels!

This week, host Alexandra Köves speaks to Andrew Fanning from Leeds University about Living Well within Limits.

“A common argument in favour of capitalism is that the world has seen unprecedented rise in living standards in the past 200 years: no more dangerous jobs, better access to education and health services, significant drops in the prices of basic provision, higher life expectancy, less famine. So, can we also argue that all this is worth it even at the expense of environmental degradation? Doughnut economics is about finding the right balance: the safe and just space where human societies can operate on local and global levels. Today’s guest, Andrew Fanning with his co-researchers has studied how nations are doing in striking this balance.”

New book on Sustainable Hedonism by Orsolya Lelkes

Orsolya Lelkes has a new book out on “Sustainable Hedonism” published by Bristol University Press.

“How can we create a thriving life for us all that doesn’t come at the price of ecological destruction?
This book calls to explore our collective and personal convictions about success and good life. It challenges the mainstream worldview, rooted in economics, that equates happiness with pleasure, and encourages greed, materialism, egoism and disconnection.
Drawing on science and ancient Greek philosophers the author details how we can cultivate our skills for enjoying life without harming ourselves or others, and can live an autonomous, creative and connected life. Complementary to our intellectual understanding, the experiential method of role play and theatre can powerfully facilitate the exploration of the inner drivers and hindrances of a thriving life.”

You can order the book here: