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WWWforEurope Researchers at the 2013 ESEE Conference in Lille

WWWforEurope at the 10th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)

Conference topic: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics

 Lille, France, 18-21 June 2013

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Researchers participating in the WWWforEurope project played active roles at the 10th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), which took place on June 18 – 21, 2013, in Lille, France.

Marina Fischer-Kowalski, founder of and Professor at the Institute for Social Ecology at Alpen Adria University (UNI-KLU), President-elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE), presented the paper “Is There a 1970s Syndrome? Analysing structural breaks in the metabolism of industrial economies”, which she co-authored with Dominik Wiedenhofer (UNI-KLU), Elena Rovenskaya (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), Fridolin Krausmann, Willia Haas, and Irene Pallua, all three of Alpen Adria University. The paper investigates transition patterns in socio-economic metabolism during the course of industrialisation.

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at University of Surrey, Director of RESOLVE and the follow-on project, the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG), gave a talk on “Prosperity and Equity in the ‘Green Economy’”, in which he spoke of the necessary foundations for an ecologically-constrained economy and explored the implications for transforming the financial system.

Daniel Hausknost, researcher at Alpen Adria University, presented a paper on “Degrowth, Capitalism, and Democratic Stability”, which explores the conditions of possibility of democratic regime stability in a “degrowth” society.  Abstracts of all papers and talks can be found in the ESEE Conference book of abstracts (link to PDF).

Sigrid Stagl, Professor at the Institute for the Environment and Regional Development at Vienna University of Economics and Business, former President of the ESEE, chaired the plenary session on “Rethinking the Role of Science in Society” at the ESEE Conference, and, together with Marina Fischer-Kowalski, participated in the Policy – Science Event hosted on June 18th by Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA group, in Brussels. The aim of this event was to explore to what degree the messages of Ecological Economics are received at EU level and to engage in a dialogue with policy makers.