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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Recent Posts

New #EconomicsForRebels episode! Alexandra Koves speaks to Clive Spash

Humans, values, structures, good science and rebellions in Social Ecological Economics

“The importance of social, political, ethical and institutional factors is something which ecologists are not trained to detect, and economists are trained to neglect”.

Clive Spash

The brilliant “Economics for Rebels” podcast is back again with a new episode!

This week, host Alexandra Köves (Uni Corvinus) speaks to Clive Spash (WU Vienna) about Social Ecological Economics, the lack of dialogue between disciplines, especially mainstream economics, and much much more.

Link to the podcast below.

“Ecological economics is a field that historically evolved from discourses of people from many disciplines. Finally, ecologists and economists were in dialogue with each other on how to transform the world to respect planetary boundaries. Today’s guest Clive Spash argues, however, that “the importance of social, political, ethical and institutional factors is something which ecologists are not trained to detect, and economists are trained to neglect”. The way forward can only be social ecological economics where the necessity of human behavioural change is not overlooked. With Clive Spash we talk about humans, values, structures, institutions, politics, science and rebellions in social ecological economics.”
Economics for Rebels Podcast

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CALL FOR PAPERS – 14th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics


Dipartimento di Economia e Management
Università di Pisa, Italy

June 14 to June 17, 2022

The 14th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics takes place exactly 50 years after the UN conference on the human environment, where the UN acknowledged the environmental crisis. Yet the current state of the environmental crisis seems to indicate that the needed actions and policies have not yet been implemented. We need to move beyond solutions based only on technology, and design transformative action on sustainability.

The conference addresses these issues, and aims to contribute to a better understanding of the actions needed to change the current unsustainable trajectories of human society and economy, by addressing amongst others the science-policy gap. The questions: ‘Will politicians catch up with science and engaged civil society?’ and ‘What are the transformative actions to escape from the current unsustainable paths?’ will stand central during the conference. 

We welcome original theoretical and empirical contributions, from different disciplines and geographies, on topics including: Transformations, Theoretical perspectives and new ideas, Teaching and communication, Resources, Policies, Institutions and power, Business and transition, Behaviour and social change, Alternative economies.


Special session proposal: 29th October 2021

Deadline for sending abstract: 30th November 2021

Notification of acceptance before: 31st January 2022

Registration deadline – early bird: 26 March 2022

Final paper due: 6th May 2022

Abstracts can soon be uploaded through the electronic portal on the website For any further information, see: http://www.esee2022pisa.it

Ecological Economics Assistant Editor

Ecological Economics (ECOLEC) is looking to hire an Assistant Editor

The journal Ecological Economics is seeking a part-time Assistant Editor to support the Editors in various activities.

The Assistant Editor’s responsibilities include the following:
• Content acquisition: commissioning and editing special issues with an open call and in cooperation with guest-editors; work with the International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE) to develop special Issues. Target: 3 proposals for special issues/call for papers per year. Upon acceptance of the proposals, prepare call for papers, find (guest) editors, and invite potential authors.
• Assist the Editors-in-Chief in their strategic actions, such as e.g. continuously overseeing the field of ecological economics as well as competing journals in terms of potential topics, editors, authors and reviewers; developing relations with academic communities and Societies of relevance to Ecological Economics.
• Manage the relations between the Editors-in-Chiefs and the Editors as well as the Members of the Editorial Board: monitor performance, identify the need for updates, etc.
• Identify “real problem papers”: papers that are stuck somewhere in the system for some reason, identify the causes of the problem, report those to the handling Editor or the Editor-in-Chief, and follow-up until solution. Handle any ethics cases when needed.

Ideal candidate’s profile
The ideal Assistant Editor:
• has an academic qualification (Bachelor-, Master- or PhD-degree) in the field of ecological economics
• has excellent communication skills, in written and spoken English, on academic matters and with target audiences who are very diverse in terms of research expertise, professional experience, culture, gender, etc.
• has outstanding organizational talent, and can oversee and manage a complex system of multiple and overlapping tasks, with responsibilities distributed between several actors
• is effective, reliable, diligent and careful in carrying out tasks
• has the technical abilities to efficiently employ the electronic systems provided by Elsevier (Editorial Manager, ScienceDirect etc.) and other public database systems (Google Scholar etc.)
• works independently and can easily organize and motivate themselves

Details of the appointment
• Duration: Initial agreement is from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2023. This agreement may be renewed upon mutual agreement.
• Workload: The position is expected to involve approximately 10 hours per week.
• Application deadline: 1 September 2021. Please send your application to Sandra Broerse at s.broerse@elsevier.com
• For inquiries and details about the Honorarium please contact s.broerse@elsevier.com