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New Dimensions in Ecological Economics

Integrated Approaches to People and Nature
Edited by Stephen Dovers, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, David I. Stern, Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Michael D. Young, Water Economics and Management, Earth & Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Drawing on the biophysical sciences, public policy, geography, economics, exploratory research and the behavioural sciences, this book offers reviews and prescriptions for the future of ecological economics, placing particular emphasis on complex sustainability problems.
Extent: 232 pp
Hardback Price: £82.00 Online: £73.80
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84376 079 5
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  • Ecological Economics
Drawing on the biophysical sciences, public policy, geography, economics, exploratory research and the behavioural sciences, this book offers reviews and prescriptions for the future of ecological economics, placing particular emphasis on complex sustainability problems.

The book is divided into three broad parts: challenges and reviews, reorientations and openings, and frameworks and applications. To begin, the authors illustrate the limitations of ecological economics by highlighting the lack of theory and method, the need for greater interdisciplinary co-operation and the domination by economists from developed nations. They move on to present strategies to address these shortcomings by focusing on interdisciplinary methods and their theoretical basis, discussing the future prospects for ecological economics, and addressing a host of ecological economic issues from a variety of natural and social science perspectives. They aim to challenge the notion of ecological economics by addressing ‘what it is’, and asking ‘what it could be’.

The book expands current thinking on ecological economics by exploring existing avenues for integrative and interdisciplinary research and discovering new overlaps with a range of other disciplines. It will appeal to ecological and environmental economists, and academics and researchers of the social sciences, particularly environmental science and geography.
It provides an extremely valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about the value of ecological economics and should be read carefully by anyone involved in the promotion of sustainability.’
– J.N.R. Jeffers, The International Journal of Sustainable Development
Contributors: J. Barnett, S. Courville, S. Dovers, H. Ellemor, J. Knetsch, S. Lea, R. Norgaard, J. Proops, D.I. Stern, E.C. van Ierland, L. van Kerkhoff, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, M. van der Heide, R. Wasson, M.D. Young
Contents: Preface 1. Ecological Economics: Prospects for Integration and Interdisciplinarity Part I: First Dimension: Challenges and Reviews 2. Research Challenges in the Twenty-First Century 3. Passion and Ecological Economics: Toward a Richer Coevolution of Value Systems and Environmental Systems 4. Beyond Disciplines: Exploring Exploratory Research as a Framework for Integration Part II: Second Dimension: Reorientations and Openings 5. Sustainability and Interdisciplinarity 6. Environmental, Ecological and Behavioural Economics 7. Economic Psychology and Ecological Economics 8. A Policy Orientation as Integrative Strategy Part III: Third Dimension: Frameworks and Applications 9. Towards an Ecological–Economic Theory of Nature Policy 10. Modelling Stochastic Technological Change in Economy and Environment Using the Kalman Filter 11. Effective Policy Interventions in Environmental Systems Using Material Budgets 12. Expanding the Concept of Flows and Developing Frameworks for Linking Social, Economic and Environmental Accounting Systems: Two Approaches for Integration Index