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Sustainable Wellbeing Futures

A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics Edited by Robert Costanza, Professor and VC’s Chair in Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia, Jon D. Erickson, Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont, Joshua Farley, Professor, Community Development and Applied Economics, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont, US and Ida Kubiszewski, Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia
Ecological economics can help create the future that most people want – a future that is prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable. This forward-thinking book lays out an alternative approach that places the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature as the overarching goal. Each of the book’s chapters, written by a diverse collection of scholars and practitioners, outlines a research and action agenda for how this future can look and possible actions for its realisation.
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Publication Date: May 2020
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Climate Change
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Economics
Climate disruption, overpopulation, biodiversity loss, the threats of financial collapse, large-scale damage to our natural and social environments and eroding democracy are all becoming critically important concerns. The editors of this timely book assert that these problems are not separate, but all stem from our overreliance on an out-dated approach to economics that puts growth of production and consumption above all else.

Ecological economics can help create the future that most people want – a future that is prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable. This forward-thinking book lays out an alternative approach that places the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature as the overarching goal. Each of the book’s chapters, written by a diverse collection of scholars and practitioners, outlines a research and action agenda for how this future can look and possible actions for its realization.

Sustainable Wellbeing Futures will be of value to academics and students researching environmental and ecological economics, as well as individuals interested in gaining a greater understanding of the concept of a wellbeing future and how we might act to achieve it.
‘Costanza, Erickson, Farley and Kubiszewski have done a great service in collecting and integrating the thinking of some 70 scholars in ecological economics, both pioneers and newcomers, into a single volume that charts a clear and exciting path for future research and policy in this most important and urgent field of study. Highly recommended!’
– Herman Daly, University of Maryland, US

‘This is a necessary volume, a compendium of much of the thinking of the past few decades about how to keep the planet on something like an even keel. Students and practitioners will find themselves referring to it regularly.’
– Bill McKibben, Middlebury College, US
Contributors include: M. Abrams, J. Adams, G. Alperovitz, J. Ament, D. Baker, L. Barbeiri, D. Barmes, S. Bliss, R. Boumans, K. Brevik, P. Brown, M. Burke, B.S. Caniglia, C. Carmichael, J. C. Castilla-Rho, R. Costanza, A. Damiano, T. Dietz, E.M.B. Doran, B. Dube, M. Egler, J.D. Erickson, S.C. Farber, J. Farley, L. Fioramonti, M.-J.V. Fox, K. Gallagher, T. Gladkikh, R.K. Gould, J. Gourevitch, J. Gowdy, C. Guay-Boutet, M. Hensher, R.B. Howarth, T. Jackson, X. Ji, D.C. Kenny, K. Kish, C. Koliba, J. Kolodinsky, N. Kosoy, I. Kubiszewski, M.T. Lucas, V. Luzadis, D. Markowitz, S. Marshall, J. McGlade, M. Moser, S. O’Hara, C. Orr, P. Perez, K. Pickett, S. Posner, S. Quilley, T.H. Ricketts, A.B. Schneider, D. Spethmann, R. Svartzman, S. Telle, K. Trebeck, J. Valcour, M. Venkatesan, P.A. Victor, A. Voinov, S. Wallis, R. Wilkinson, G. Yahya Haage, Y. Yoshida, E. Zencey, A. Zia
Contents:

Forward

Preface

In Memorium: Eric Zencey

1. Introduction: What is Ecological Economics and Why Do We Need it Now More Than Ever
Robert Costanza, Jon D. Erickson, Joshua Farley, and Ida Kubiszewski

Section I: The Future We Want
2. Creating Positive Futures for Humanity on Earth
Robert Costanza, Elizabeth M. B. Doran, Tatiana Gladkikh, Ida Kubiszewski, Valerie Luzadis, and Eric Zencey

3. Work, Labour, and Regenerative Production
Kaitlin Kish and Stephen Quilley

4. The Role of Technology in Achieving the Future We Want
Stewart Wallis, Lindsay Barbieri, Alice Damiano, and Matthew Burke

5. Ecological Economics in China: From Origins, to Inertia, to Rejuvenation
Xi Ji

6. Taking Evolution Seriously: The Role of Ecological Economics in Escaping the Anthropocene and Reaching for the Ecozoic
Peter Brown and John Gowdy

Section II: Measuring and Achieving Wellbeing
7. Frameworks and Systems Thinking for Measuring and Achieving Sustainable Wellbeing
Elizabeth M. B. Doran, Lindsay Barbeiri, Ida Kubiszewski, Kate Pickett, Thomas Dietz, Michael Abrams, Richard Wilkinson, Robert Costanza, Stephen C. Farber, and Jeannine Valcour

8. How ecosystem services research can advance ecological economics principles
Rachelle K. Gould, Taylor Ricketts, Richard B. Howarth, Svenja Telle, Tatiana Gladkikh, Stephen Posner, Jesse Gourevitch, and Yuki Yoshida

9. Wellbeing in the more-than-human world
Kristian Brevik, John Adams, Ben Dube, Lindsay Barbieri, and Gabriel Yahya Haage

10. From Measurement to Application: Wellbeing Indicators in Socio-Ecological Systems
Kati Gallagher, Michael Moser, Mairi-Jane V. Fox, and Jane Kolodinsky

11. The Struggle for Equality and Sustainability
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

12. Human health and ecological economics
Martin Hensher

Section III: The Institutions We Require
13. Cultural evolution, multi-level selection, and institutions for cooperation
Joshua Farley, John Gowdy, and Stephen Marshall

14. Moral and Ethical Foundations for Ecological Economics
Dan Spethmann and Valerie Luzadis

15. Governing for Sustainable Development: Rethinking Governance and Ecological Economics
Christopher Koliba, Megan Egler, and Stephen Posner

16. Money, interest rates and accumulation on a finite planet – Revisiting the ‘monetary growth imperative’ through institutionalist approaches
Romain Svartzman, Joseph Ament, David Barmes, Jon D. Erickson, Joshua Farley, Charles Guay-Boutet, and Nicolas Kosoy

17. The Nature and Role of Business in an Ecological Economy
Mairi-Jane V. Fox, Abigail B. Schneider, Marilyn T. Lucas, and Beth Schaefer Caniglia

18. Principles of Stakeholder Engagement for Ecological Economics
Madhavi Venkatesan, Jon D. Erickson, and Christine Carmichael

Section IV: Integrated, Dynamic Analysis and Modelling of Socio-Ecological Systems
19. Integrated Ecological Economic Modelling: What is it good for?
Alexey Voinov, Alejandra Campo, Pascal Perez, Juan Carlos Castilla-Rho, and Daniel C. Kenny

20. Designing Participatory Decision Support Systems: Towards Meta-Decision Making Analytics in the Next Generation of Ecological Economics
Asim Zia and Roel Boumans

21. A Research Agenda for Ecological Macroeconomics
Peter Victor and Tim Jackson

Section V: Making the Transition
22. Local Economies - Leading the Way to an Ecological Economy
Sabine O’Hara and Daniel Baker

23. Systemic Design and Systemic Crisis in the United States: The Pluralist Commonwealth
Gar Alperovitz and Joe Ament

24. Creating a Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-All) to motivate and facilitate the transition
Robert Costanza, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Ida Kubiszewski, Deb Markowicz, Christopher Orr, Katherine Trebeck, and Stewart Wallis

Section VI: Surveys of the Larger Community About the Research Agenda
25. Ecological Economic Goals from Emerging Scholars
Kaitlin Kish and Sam Bliss

26. Assessing Ecological Economics at 30: Results from a Survey of ISEE members
Ben Dube

Index