ESEE Training Institutes

Series of transdisciplinary and collaborative training institutes on Ecological Economics is aimed at early career researchers, practitioners and decision-makers in Europe. Events can be focused on any of the diverse range of topics associated with ecological economics. Following experience of previous ESEE educational programmes, sesf-organised events are aiming to support research excellence of EE centres in Europe and will share  common  structure.  Candidates can apply annually with ESEE for up to 2000 euro towards the cost of an event to be held within the following two years, provided it meets criteria, but are responsible for the remainder of funding. Applications have to include a short rationale for the meeting including a description of the meeting format (max 2 pages), a budget, an indication of what budget posts ESEE funds will be spent on, and an overview of other (potential) funding sources

Event criteria

  • Highly collaborative and participatory; not just a series of lectures and presentations.
  • Transdisciplinary: including participants beyond academia, e.g. decision-makers, practitioners, community representatives, etc.
  • Students are heavily involved in organising the event.
  • Zero or low cost for participation, with some kind of bursary opportunities for those in a low-income situation.
  • The organisers have to record participant feedback on the event and make this available to ESEE.
  • Environmental awareness: a plan to minimise (and potentially compensate) the carbon footprint and other environmental costs.

Further guidelines and suggestions

In addition to mandatory criteria, ESEE suggests the following guidelines for the events. These guidelines will also be used to decide between competing applications if more than one application is made for sponsorship in an annual round.

  • Duration: 2 days for pre-conference events, 3-5 days for other events
  • Number of participants: 20-30 participants; a relatively small group of students helps to build group cohesiveness and identity.
  • A mix of student and post-doc with at least a third post-docs.
  • Provide opportunities for publication of outputs.
  • Provide opportunities for ECTL credits associated with courses.
  • Remote locations preferred to maximise engagement.
  • Family friendly with childcare options available.
  • As the decision on competing proposals is taken by the ESEE Board, active ESEE Board members are excluded from submitting applications for competition. However, they are still free to submit applications, but these will only be considered in the case of no other eligible application(s) available from applicants outside the ESEE Board for the next year to come.

ESEE Ecological Economics Training Institutes 2017

ESEE board received one application for the Training Institute to be held in 2017. The board decided to grant “Digitalization for the ‘Great Transformation’: The 7th summer school of the Society for Ecological Economy Research (VÖW)” with 2 000 Euros.

ESEE Ecological Economics Training Institute 2016

ESEE board received one application for the Training Institute to be held in 2016. The board decided to grant “Alternatives and proposals for degrowth and environmental justice: A transdisciplinary summer school on methods and practices” with 2 000 Euros. Organizers: The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and Research & Degrowth (R&D)

ESEE Ecological Economics Training Institutes 2015

ESEE board received three applications for the Training Institute to be held in 2015. The board decided to split the prize between two applicants. Both were granted with 1 000 Euros. Congratulations!

ESEE 2015 Pre-Conference Summer School at Leeds, UK: Transformations

University of Leeds

28th June to 30th June 2015


The International Summer School entitled “Transformations” will take place in advance of the ESEE 2015 conference, which runs sequentially from 30th June to 3rd July 2015. The summer school will bring together 30 Masters, Postgraduates and early career researchers with senior international ESEE researchers in a highly engaging and interactive format, providing space for discussion and exchange, as well as an opportunity to receive feedback on one’s own vision, research, and career plans. In parallel with the ESEE 2015 conference theme, the summer school will focus on the interrelations and interactions between the ecological, social, political, cultural and technological aspects of transformation to a sustainable society.

Radical Transformations – from environmental justice to degrowth

A summer school on discourses, methods and practice

Organized by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and Research & Degrowth (R&D)

6th – 15th July, 2015


More than twenty years after the Brundtland Report, the sustainable development discourse seems unable to offer a convincing solution to the most dramatic scientific puzzle in the history of humankind: how to avert global climate and biodiversity loss without destabilizing the economy and in the process improve human well-being and enhance social justice. Humanity has gone beyond the ‘safe operating space’ of the planet. Massive increase in the materials, fossil fuels and biomass are used by the world’s economies. Environmental justice conflicts erupt both in the Global South and in ‘wealthy’ economies. The political and economic crisis is also compounded by a ‘social recession’, as many studies have revealed the effective degradation of fundamental human relationships. There seems to be no way of solving the abovementioned puzzle without considering the proposals emerging within environmental justice and degrowth, understood as a challenge to the imaginary based on growth and productivity, and a call for a socially equitable, democratic and participative downsizing of production and consumption capacity. The wide recognition of the debate on socially sustainable degrowth within the academic community is testified by flourishing literature, including seven special issues in peer reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Cleaner Production, Ecological Economics and Futures) and special sessions in various ESEE conferences.

Awarded in 2014:


NachDenkstatt (Germany)
The project NachDenkstatt 2014 is a student initiative located at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany. The NachDenkstatt offers a transdisciplinary working platform where actors and experts from science and practice work together with students on various sustainability-relevant topics. Based on the slogan “research, connect, shape” (“forschen, verbinden, gestalten”), the NachDenkstatt presents an approach to a transformation into a sustainable society.
This year the following workshops are offered: Sustainable Financial Systems, Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Packaging Prevention, “From Owning to Being” and Theater.




Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia), Institute of Management
Institute of Management of the STU is the pedagogic, research and scientific unit of the Slovak University of Technology. It is providing research and pedagogic activities in the area of management and urban planning, closely cooperating with other university units, domestic and foreign universities and other scientific and academic institutions. It guarantees the study programs and specific study courses and education modules that are related to its profile and it takes care of integration of STU capacities in management and planning study programs, interdisciplinary study programs that have the university character.