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 behavior 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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Call for 2020 ISEE Conference Venue

Call for Future ISEE Conference Organizers

ISEE holds its conference biennially. These conferences normally attract 500-900 social and natural scientists. Past conferences met:

  • 2010 – Oldenburg
  • 2012 – Rio de Janeiro
  • 2014 – Iceland
  • 2016 – Washington DC
  • 2018 – Puebla, Mexico

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2019 Conferences

INSEE-CESS International Conference
Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses
Tenth INSEE Biennial Conference,
6 – 8 November 2019

ANZSEE 2019 Conference
Ecological Economics: Solutions Now and In the Future
RMIT University, Melbourne
24–26 November 2019

15th Congress of the International Society for Ecological Economics

Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements:
Science, policy, and challenges to global processes in a troubled world
10-12 September 2018
A bi-lingual conference
Puebla, Mexico

2017 ISEE and Regional Conferences

The Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) and The Solutions Journal Joint Conference

The 99% Solution: Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
9-13 January 2017
Adelaide, South Australia

12th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics

Ecological Economics in Action: Building a Reflective and Inclusive Community
20-23 20-23 June 2017
Budapest, Hungary

US Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE)

9th Biennial Conference: Ecological Economics in Practice
June 25-28 2017
Minneapolis, MN,

Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE)

14th International Conference: Ecological and economic problems of development of regions and countries (sustainable development, management of natural resources)
July 3-7, 2017
Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia

Sociedade Brasileira de Economia Ecológica (ECOECO)

Ecological economics and environmental institutions in times of crisis (Economia ecológica e instituições ambientais em tempos de crise)
19-22 September 2017
Universidade Federal de Überlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Asociación Argentino Uruguaya de Economía Ecológica (ASAUEE )

Rosario, 2 al 6 de Octubre de 2017
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Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE)

Canadian Society for Ecological Economics & Economics for the Anthropocene Joint Conference: Economies in an Age of limits: A time for (R)evolution!
19 – 22 October 2017
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
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Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)

Ninth Biennial Conference, 2017, Thrissur
Sustainability, Institutions, Incentives: Voices, Policies, and Commitments
8 – 10 November 2017