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A Research Agenda for Environmental Economics
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A Research Agenda for Environmental Economics

9781789900040 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of York, UK
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 004 0 Extent: 288 pp
Presenting critical insights on how economic activity is constrained by the environment’s ability to provide material and energy resources, this timely Research Agenda explores how humanity shapes, and is shaped by, environmental change and sustainability challenges. Chapters highlight how, under these constraints, people may seek to improve their lives and standards of living without undermining the abilities of others to do so now or in the future.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Presenting critical insights on how economic activity is constrained by the environment’s ability to provide material and energy resources, this timely Research Agenda explores how humanity shapes, and is shaped by, environmental change and sustainability challenges. Chapters highlight how, under these constraints, people may seek to improve their lives and standards of living without undermining the abilities of others to do so now or in the future.

With contributions from top economic scholars, as well as from a range of other disciplines including ethics, law, and the physical and life sciences, this book explores how interdisciplinary insights can be integrated to provide meaningful investment and policy advice. Offering diverse understandings of the topic from both the Global North and South, this Research Agenda challenges previous economic conceptualizations of human–environment interactions, exploring resource use and environmental impact from micro- and macro-economic perspectives.

Students of environmental and ecological economics will find this to be a thought-provoking and stimulating read. The suggestions for future research and use of clear case studies will also prove valuable for environmental law and ethics scholars, as well as environmental policy makers.
Critical Acclaim
‘An insightful collection of articles identifying major areas in which ecological economics is resuscitating the moribund orthodoxy of "economics as usual.”’
– Herman Daly, University of Maryland, College Park, US
Contributors
Contributors: D.C. Andersen, Y. Bramoullé, L.P. Breckenridge, M. Faber, M. Frick, A. Kander, R. Kemp, D. Malghan, R.B. Norgaard, C. Orset, S.V. Ramani, M. Ruth, J. Sager, M. Sagoff, M.R. Sers, D.I. Stern, D.J. Thampapillai, E. van Leeuwen, M.d.M.R. Varas, P.A. Victor

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Contents:

1. The Roads Less Traveled
Matthias Ruth, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2. Environmental Economics is Dead! Long Live Environmental Economics!
Mark Sagoff, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

3. Conceptual and political foundations for examining the interaction between nature and economy
Malte Faber and Martin Frick, University of Heidelberg, Germany

4. Ends, Means, and the Economics of Environment
Deepak Malghan, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India

5. Ecosystems, Legal Systems, and Governance: An Institutional Perspective
Lee P. Breckenridge, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

6. Macroeconomics and the Environment
Martin R. Sers and Peter A. Victor, York University, Canada

7. Contemporary Economics and Contradictions for Climate Maladies: Lessons from Environmental Macroeconomics
Dodo J. Thampapillai, National University of Singapore, Singapore, and Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, and Matthias Ruth, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

8. Energy Intensity: The Roles of Rebound, Capital Stocks, and Trade
Astrid Kander, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, M. d. Mar Rubio Varas, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and David I. Stern, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

9. Place-based behavior and environmental policies
Eveline van Leeuwen, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

10. New Ways of Valuing Ecosystem Services: Big Data, Machine Learning, and the Value of Urban Green Spaces
Christian Krekel, London School of Economics, London, England and Jens Kolbe, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

11. Are Household Borrowing Constraints Bad for the Environment? Theory and Cross-Country Evidence
Dana C. Andersen, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

12. Manufacturing Doubt: How Firms Exploit Scientific Uncertainty to Shape Regulation
Yann Bramoullé, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France and Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, France, and Caroline Orset, Université Paris-Saclay, Paris, France

13. Solution design through a stakeholder process as a new perspective for Environmental Economics with illustrations from Indian case studies
René Kemp and Shyama V. Ramani, UNU-MERIT and ICIS, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

14. Optimizing the Reversal of Life: A Coevolutionary Response
Jalel Sager and Richard B. Norgaard, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA

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