Call for Abstracts

A Research Agenda for Ecological Economics

Editors: Joshua Farley and Kaitlin Kish

In: Journal of Sustainability and Journal of Ecological Economics

Abstract Submissions Due: July 13, 2018
Extended Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018
Decision sent by: September 21
Full paper due: December 2
For those in EE – revised final draft due: December 18
Special Issue Workshops: CANSEE2019 (May 2-5), USSEE2019 (June), and Degrowth (2020)
For those who want to contribute but will have difficulties meeting the timeline, please contact us.

In response to our biophysical and social predicaments, Ecological Economics (EE) emerged during the 1970s and 80s, as a transdisciplinary paradigm grounding the study and application of economics within the biophysical realities of a complex, finite world and the moral obligations of a just society. Since then, the field of EE has come far, but numerous challenges remain. Most important, economic growth increasingly threatens global life support functions, while failing to meet the basic needs of much of the world’s population.  

While EE is fundamentally a problem-driven transdiscipline that adopts whatever tools and theories are required to address critical ecological and social challenges, there is growing dissension within EE over methodological pluralism. Specifically, there is concern over the excessive reliance on conventional market models of the economy and the corresponding emphasis on the monetization and commodification of nature, and on the role of heterodox economic theories, generating internal disputes that undermine our ability to collaborate towards common goals.  EE increasingly acknowledges the transformative role of monetary and financial systems, as well as other economic institutions, but there is little agreement over their specific impacts and how they must be transformed to achieve a sustainable and just society. Finally, EE has made little progress toward a coherent theory of change—how to transform our research into the necessary cultural transition. These challenges contribute to methodological incoherence and loss of the moral imperative that once existed in EE.

The goal of this special issue is to solicit recommendations for a research agenda from established experts in the field, and perhaps more importantly, from the coming generation of ecological economists who will tasked with its implementation. We now find ourselves at an interesting moment in time – original contributors to the discipline are retiring and new scholars are emerging with desires to contribute to the field in a meaningful way. For your submission we ask that you:

  1. Consider and remember the roots of EE through Daly and Farley’s “call for a return to the beginnings of economics as a moral philosophy explicitly directed toward raising the quality of life of this and future generations”.
  2. Co-author papers with students, emerging scholars, and those with whom you have significant cross-over. If we receive abstracts with significant cross-over, we may ask the authors to write a collaborative paper.
  3. Clearly identify the debate, discourse, or research agendas that you deem important and valuable for the future of EE.
  4. Consider sketching the outlines of a doctoral thesis built on your proposed agenda, which would potentially increase your article’s usefulness to the next generation of ecological economists and hence its impact.

If you would like to contribute, please fill out of the form below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katie & Josh.

Please include an abstract of no more than 400 words.

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