The International Society for Ecological Economics


ISEE is a not-for-profit, member-governed, organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems for the mutual well-being of nature and people.

Ecological economics exists because a hundred years of disciplinary specialization in scientific inquiry has left us unable to understand or to manage the interactions between the human and environmental components of our world. While none would dispute the insights that disciplinary specialization has brought, many now recognize that it has also turned out to be our Achilles heel. In an interconnected evolving world, reductionist science has pushed out the envelope of knowledge in many different directions, but it has left us bereft of ideas as to how to formulate and solve problems that stem from the interactions between humans and the natural world. How is human behaviour connected to changes in hydrological, nutrient or carbon cycles? What are the feedbacks between the social and natural systems, and how do these influence the services we get from ecosystems? Ecological economics as a field attempts to answer questions such as these.

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Upcoming Conferences

ESEE 2015: Transformations

The 11th international conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics will take place in Leeds, UK from 30 June – 3 July 2015.

The conference topics include: post-growth economics; natural resources, ecosystem services and environmental quality; development, consumption and well-being; power, politics, institutions and the reality of achieving change; new business models and understandings of human behaviour.

We would like to invite proposals for special sessions (deadline 15 October 2014) and abstracts for papers (deadline 30 November 2014) relating to these topics.

For more information and submission see

VII Conference of the Argentine-Uruguayan Association of Ecological Economics (ASAUEE)

10 – 13 November, 2015: The Language that Bridge Different Approaches to the Environment

10-11 November, 2015, Neuquén, North Patagonia, Argentina
Course in Ecological Economics

12-13 November, 2015, Villas
Conference on Ecological Economics

ISEE Conferences 2013/2014

First Latin American Meeting on Enviromental Conflicts (COLCA 2014)

General Sarmiento University, Buenos Aires, October 27-29, 2014 

ISEE International Biennial Conference: ”Wellbeing and Equity Within Planetary Boundaries”

August 13-15, 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE)

Conference at Lake Baikal / Irkutsk, Russia; August 4-11

European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)

Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics Lille; 18-21 June

US Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE)

Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability Vermont; 9-12 June

Sociedad Mesoamericana de Economía Ecológica (SMEE)

EcoEco Alternativas – Congreso 2014 San José, Costa Rica; March 4 – 8, 2014


Global Change, Ecosystems, Sustainability Tezpur University, Assam December 5-8, 2013


Walking the Path towards Sustainability Salta, Argentina; November 26-29, 2013


Opportunities for the Critical Decade – Enhancing well-being within planetary boundaries 11-14 November, 2013 at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra

Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE)

Sustaining the Commons: Ideas and Actions for a Green Economy Toronto; November 1-2


Innovation and Sustainability from the perspective of Ecological Economics Vitória, Espírito Santo, near Rio de Janeiro; 17-21 September