ecological economics Articles

  • Industrial ecology and ecological economics

    The editors of this journal initiated a discussion on the relationship between industrial ecology and ecological economics, to which the current article is intended to contribute. It consists of overviews of ecological economics and industrial ecology, followed by an analysis of the links between them. Judging from their theoretical background and historical development, the extent of cross ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Whither ecological economics?

    This paper examines the nature of ecological economics, arguing that it comprises two aspects, the qualitative framework within which it operates and the quantitative techniques which it uses to measure sustainability, evaluate policies and assist decision-making. The former is distinct to ecological economics, whereas the latter is largely shared with environmental economics. Although these have ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The clash between economics and ecology: frames and schemas

    The central problem of the clash between economics and ecology is a clash of what psychologists call 'frames'. Frames are the set of values, norms, assumptions and theories we use to understand, even describe a situation. It is now recognised that one of the most important sources of intractable conflicts is a difference in frames between the participants. Ecology is about systems, complex ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bringing ecological economics into the regulatory process: the Manitoba experience

    Since 2002, ENGOs Time to Respect Earth's Ecosystems (TREE) and Resource Conservation Manitoba (RCM) have intervened half a dozen times before Manitoba's Clean Environment Commission (CEC) in an environmental assessment) and Public Utilities Board (PUB) (in rate hearings) in reviews of Manitoba's crown electricity and gas utilities and public insurance corporation. We offer this case study of our ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Grounding the ecological economics paradigm with ten core principles

    To date, attempts at determining what ecological economics is have focused on what is required to ensure a correct balance between ecology and economics; that is, on ensuring ecological economics is not too much of one and not too little of the other. This has led to the emergence of process-oriented definitions of ecological economics. While such definitions are useful, they are informative only ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bridging the gap to economic analysis: economic tools for industrial ecology

    A number of approaches have been suggested to combine MFA or LCA with economic analyses in order to build integrated models for development and evaluation of industrial ecology related strategies. This paper provides a systematic review in vision of a comprehensive modelling framework. It is focused on models using Process-based MFA either as modelling framework to integrate economic models or as ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green economics and political ecology: the case of pensions and older people

    This paper discusses the proper scope of green economics using the current position of older people in the UK as an example. It begins within conventional economics, where the main debate about older people is a financial phenomenon, the so-called pensions crisis. It then considers that debate from a green and progressive perspective, emphasising the real as well as the financial issues, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Poplar in wetland agroforestry: a case study of ecological benefits, site productivity, and economics

    Poplars are the major tree component of traditional agroforestry systems throughout the south temperate central area of China that includes all or portions of Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Hubei, Henan, Shandong, and Shanxi provinces, an area of ~600,000 km2. The lack of experidmental data on the effect of various interplanting systems on crop production represents a serious gap in our knowledge, and ...


    By Springer

  • Post–normal science and ecological economics: strategies for precautionary approaches and sustainable development

    Ecological economics provides a research field for critical reflection on relationships between the economy and the life–sustaining ecosystems. With focus on strong uncertainty, irreversibility, strong sustainability, precautionary approaches and ethical complexity, ecological economics differs from the approach of environmental economics and shares several of the characteristics of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Towards a model of green political economy: from ecological modernisation to economic security

    Perhaps the weakest aspect of the 'triple bottom line' understanding of sustainable development has been the 'economic' dimension. Much of the thinking about the appropriate 'political economy' to underpin sustainable development has been either utopian (as in some 'green' political views) or 'business as usual' approaches. This article suggests that 'ecological modernisation' is the dominant ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecological modernisation and local economic development: the growth of eco-industrial development initiatives

    An increasingly influential approach for policy makers is that of ecological modernisation. This approach advocates substantial changes in patterns of production and consumption, but envisages this taking place within the existing social and economic system. This paper investigates one particular form of ecological modernisation policy response at the local level that is growing in importance – ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Pricing carbon: an ecological economics perspective on the McKibbin?Wilcoxen proposal for Australia

    Many countries are contemplating the design of institutions to address 'the greatest market failure the world has ever seen' (Stern, N. (2007) The Economics of Climate Change. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p.xviii). Australia is currently considering introducing a carbon trading scheme and prominent amongst the proposals being discussed is the 'McKibbin?Wilcoxen hybrid scheme' ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Economic, energy and ecological aspects of energy resource consumption in Ukraine

    In this article, the main directions of state policy in the field of energy conservation are considered. An analysis of the energy and economic situation are carried out and the conditions and directions of development of the fuel and energy complex in Ukraine are shown. The subject of energy conservation policy is determined, its priority directions chosen, the evaluation of energy consumption ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Grounds for regulation and intervention in environmental matters: view of environmental and ecological economics

    The view taken by environmental economics of the environment tends to see it as having certain characteristics. Among these are that it is a free good, inexhaustible, belonging to nobody and without any form of regulatory price, in the absence of an exchange value. These characteristics lead to indiscriminate use and exploitation beyond what would be socially desirable, giving rise to negative ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Human consciousness as a base for sustainability in socio–economic–ecological systems

    Sustainability of socio–economic–ecological systems always implies a structural uncertainty coming mainly from the diversity of social values involved in the decision making processes required to manage the system. Such uncertainty cannot be reduced in any way, but needs to be managed if sustainability is to be pursued in its 'strong' meaning. This work proposes a methodology to manage structural ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The ecological antecedents of terrorism

    The global 'war on terror' is wreaking havoc on the natural environment and involving increasing number of organisations. This paper invites sustainability and strategic management studies scholars to explore the relations between terrorism and ecology. In several terrorism prone areas of the world, the disruption of ecological systems that support human populations is an important antecedent to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Deflating the Ecological Bubble

    Much wisdon is distributed throughout David Orr's provocative article, and I wish to comment on an important phenomenon that interacts with all of his laws. Like Orr, I'm concerned with the mixing zone between economic systems and ecological ...


  • Music: a metaphor for industrial ecology

    The term industrial ecology (IE) with its emphasis on symbiotic factories represents a metaphor for how the manufacturing sector can be reconstituted and sent down the path of sustainable development (SD). However, that journey cannot proceed until several obstacles have been removed or circumvented. The one discussed and analysed in this paper deals with how to initiate organisationally an IE ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ecological modernisation and nature conservation

    Although ecological modernisation has a prominent position in contemporary environmental sociology, efforts to use ecological modernisation concepts in the specific case of nature conservation are remarkably absent. This article explores the potentials of applying ecological modernisation as a discourse and as a theory to issues of nature management. It is argued that ecological modernisation ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The ontologies of industrial ecology?

    Industrial ecology is one of a number of new fields of study, such as 'green chemistry' or 'ecological economics', that have deliberately reached across different disciplines in both name and substance. This raises a number of issues for the practitioner, including difficult questions of boundary and field content (when is something 'industrial ecology' and when is it a part of another ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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