Ecological Economics Summer Institutes

Multiple methods in interdisciplinary environmental research

Interdisciplinary environmental research is increasingly characterized by a major methodological shift. It is becoming evident that no single method can overcome the challenges of interdisciplinary research at the interface between social and natural sciences. The call for the use of multiple methods in interdisciplinary research is an increasingly important methodological debate in communities such as ecological economics, political ecology and resilience alliance. In particular, the growing attention on collaborative research requires multi-method application to overcome theoretical but also practical challenges. Building on the successful ESEE summer school series THEMES, the ESEE Summer Institutes introduce innovative theoretical and practical ideas of multi-method application and collaborative research to the education of doctoral and post-doctoral  interdisciplinary environmental researchers.

Summer Institutes

ESEE Summer Institutes are an open, bottom-up series of educational Institutes (not necessarily summer) where each host provides training in the area of their expertise.  Summer Institutes will operate as a self-managed organization, integrated in national educational systems and securing most of their operational resources independently.  At the same time, membership in the network of Summer Institutes brings added value to individual Institutes. Ideally the separate events will evolve into a long term ESEE tradition. As such, the ESEE Summer Institutes can become a vehicle for long term knowledge transfer in ecological economics and a platform for exchange of educational experiences within the network (teaching materials, methods and exchange of students).

Expression of Interest to participate on ESEE education

In case of interest, please contact chair of educational committee: Janne Hukkinen or Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská (vicepresident).

List of PAST institutes


June 2011:  The international Thor Heyerdahl summer school in Environmental Governance organized by

Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) supported by the Thor Heyerdahl Institute, Larvik

ForthComing Institutes:


Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance: Global Environmental Governance, 25.06. 2012– 06.07.2012, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life SciencesSecond Thor Heyerdahl Summer School in Environmental Governance offers PhDs and young researchers the opportunity to develop high level skills in analyzing global governance issues like climate change, biodiversity preservation, sustainable use of biological resources, water management, and pollution.

Multiple methods in the  Governance of the commons, Central European School

october 15–28, 2012 Bratislava

Hosted by TEMPUS project at the Comenius university Bratislava  and organised by the  Centre for Transdisciplinary Study of Institutions, Evolution and Policies (CETIP), IF SAS Bratislava Slovakia ( and with key note speakers: Elinor Ostrom and Jouni Paavola.