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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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Length: 1 year (January-December 2022) with option to extend
Hours: 36 hours/wk (flexible with research needs and urgency of assignments)

Position Summary

The ecological economics intern will work in the ecology and/or economics team within the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). The DPIHD is the Vatican’s main research arm on matters of ecology, economics, health, migrants, refugees and security. This is exemplified by the Vatican Covid-19 Commission, which is hosted at DPIHD, that seeks to reimagine and transform global economic structures to ensure integral human development for all. It also reports its findings directly to Pope Francis.

The internship is the product of a Memorandum of Understanding between the DPIHD and ISEE, coordinated and advised by the ecumenical Circle of Ecological Economics Elders (CoEEE), composed of some of the principal thought leaders of the Ecological Economics movement in league with global activists on climate change, ecological overshoot and social equity. The internship is dedicated to the memory of Stuart Scott, a brave fighter for ecological economics principles and the need for interfaith leadership to break the roadblocks to global cooperation in combating global change.


ISEE has received commitment of financial support to the internship in the form of a partial scholarship to cover rental of living quarters at a maximum of EUR 1000/mo. for 12 months. Expenses on food and travel connected to the internship should be covered by the intern’s home institution or by the intern. If no additional funding is assured for the winning candidate, a further grant for these purposes may be negotiated.


  • Assist the leads of the ecology (Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam), economics (Marta Pedrajas) and Covid-19 commission (Sr Alessandra Smerili) on various projects
  • Regular (biweekly) meetings with the CoEEE to coordinate efforts undertaken with the Dicastery with other ISEE and degrowth research initiatives (such as development and rollout of a community footprint survey and action initiative with local parishes worldwide.
  • Letter and speech writing
  • Assist in the rollout of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform
  • Develop stronger relationships with Vatican Radio, Vatican Media and the Pontifical Academies
  • Research on your PhD or postdoc (Vatican related or not, but you can have access to the library and archives if needed)


  • Current PhD candidate or postdoc in ecological economics or degrowth, or demonstrably related area
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and advocacy of ecological economics principles
  • Strong written and oral communication skills (in English, ideally also Italian, Latin or Romance languages helpful)
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Following or willing to learn the fundamentals of Catholic Social Teaching, especially Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti

Application Process

  • 1 or 2 page CV
  • Writing sample (or recent publication)
  • Letter of commitment to the objectives of the internship with a brief (2-pg max) research and action plan for the year
  • Recommendation from thesis supervisor or faculty head
  • To be submitted by December 15; Decision by December 31

Send submissions to secretariat@isecoeco.org.

Postdoc in deliberative valuation, economics, or climate ethics

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on the RIVET project funded by FORMAS Sweden.

This project is a collaboration between Dr. Henrik Thorén, project leader (Lund University), Dr. Martin Kowarsch (MCC), and Dr. Dominic Lenzi (MCC/University of Twente).

RIVET Project:

Climate economists use a wide array of models to explore the impacts and damages of climate change, and the merits of different mitigation policies and strategies. In the Rivet project, we ask: what are the normative assumptions in these models? How are these assumptions selected over others, and what are their limitations? And what alternative assumptions and approaches to diverse normative viewpoints are available? The major purpose of this project is to develop a deliberative approach to the integration of diverse normative viewpoints in model-based climate economics in order to improve decision-making. The project is structured around three work-packages (WPs). WP1 is a large and interdisciplinary literature review coupled with an interview study targeting modelers and experts that seeks to identify central normative assumptions in climate economic modelling. WP2 (led by the MCC) involves the designing of a deliberative and practical approach for integrating divergent values at the science-policy interface, and WP3 involves facilitating the transdisciplinary aims of the project through continual and close interactions with stakeholders.

Position requirements

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals with a strong interest in the project. If you fit some of the requirements well but not others, we would still encourage you to apply or inquire with us:

  • PhD in philosophy, or social sciences, or economics
  • Methodological background and expertise relevant to the project tasks, particularly concerning climate economics and deliberation
  • Excellent scientific track record
  • Active interest in ethics, value research and climate policy – relevant scientific publications in these fields are an additional asset
  • Strong motivation
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including also communication skills
  • Team orientation as well as written and oral fluency in English.

We are especially interested in applications with one of the following academic backgrounds:

(1) philosophy of science, focusing upon climate economics/deliberative valuation

(2) environmental or ecological economics, with a focus upon deliberative valuation

(3) climate ethics, and a strong grounding in climate economics and deliberative democracy

Researchers whose profiles fit one of these descriptions are strongly encouraged to apply. Researchers with other profiles they believe relevant to the project are also welcome to apply.

The closing date for applications is November 26, 2021.

Appointment terms:

Envisaged start date is 1 January 2022, but would also consider excellent candidates who wish to begin later. The position is funded for 30 months. Remuneration is in accordance with German public tariff scheme, salary group E13 TV-L. For candidates with outstanding qualifications and sufficient job experience, salary group E14 TV-L would be possible over 24 months.

To apply, please send an e-mail with the reference number as subject PD_2021_10 to Mrs. Franziska Faber, jobs@mcc-berlin.net, with an electronic application by Friday, 26 November 2021.

This should contain the following in one single pdf file:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae, mentioning two academic references
  • One representative academic paper
  • Copies of relevant qualifications

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a job interview. For content-related questions, please contact Dr. Martin Kowarsch, kowarsch@mcc-berlin.net.

The full position description is available at this link: https://www.mcc-berlin.net/fileadmin/data/C11_Stellenausschreibungen/PD_2021_10_Postdoc_RIVET.pdf


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



Submissions for the 14th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological
Economics are now open.

You can upload your abstract below:

Please visit our website for the themes, subthemes, and special sessions you can contribute to, and other details on the submission process.

We look forward to your contributions!


Special session proposal: 29th October 2021
Deadline for sending abstract: 30th November 2021
Registration deadline – early bird: 26 March 2022

For any further information, see: http://www.esee2022pisa.it