Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability
This will serve as the overarching theme of the Conference. The organizing committee uses 'sustainability' in the broad sense of the word, to include all of the components of adaptability and resilience necessary to confront the socio-ecological problems of our time, and the various lenses to analyze the complex interactions of the economic and social subsystems of our containing ecosystems. With that in mind, we have outlined three major implementing themes for the conference that highlight the transdisciplinary nature of our work.
1. Re-building the biophysical base of ecological economics
The economy exists as a subsystem of the sustaining ecosystem. We encourage submissions that highlight the constraints of this biophysical reality, and the implications for economic activity.
2. Bridging ecological and behavioral economics
Human beings exhibit much more complexity than the simple assumptions of homo economicus. We encourage submissions that focus on the advances in the behavioral sciences, how they shape our ecological economic analyses, and how they relate to sustainability initiatives.
3. Designing social policy and education for the Anthropocene
The Anthropocene has been characterized as a period of relative climate instability, which will impact all of the institutions humanity developed during the last 10,000 years of climate stability. We encourage submissions that focus on the issues of governance, distribution, and social conflict in light of this current reality, as well as the impact on the changing role of education and the academy.
In addition, we have outlined several underlying themes that will course through the conference.
1. EE Practice
Across all three implementing themes, EE needs to address the practitioner-academic nexus. The transdiscipline was born as a problem-based approach to socio-ecological concerns. We highly encourage presentation and workshop proposals that integrate practitioner perspectives, frame innovative and practitioner-relevant research agendas, and demonstrate the Ecological Economics approach in action.
2. EE Communication
Across all three implementing themes, the EE transdiscipline needs to work on framing our arguments, aligning EE with other social movements, and bringing EE to the center of current popular discourse on the economy, equity, justice, etc. We highly encourage the inclusion of presentations and special sessions that focus on the communication of Ecological Economics and how to make it relevant.
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