The International Society for Ecological Economics


The ISEE is a transdisciplinary partnership of scholars, professionals, and activists from a broad range of backgrounds. Through education, research, policy and social action, we foster transformation towards an equitable and ecologically sustainable society with respect for the rights of people and nature, biological and cultural diversity. At the heart of this, we recognise that our economy is part of a finite biosphere and needs to respect its ecological limits. ISEE is not-for-profit and member-governed.

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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Open Call for Contributions



Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis

Manchester, 1st – 5th September 2020

Past Conferences

XIII National Meeting of ECOECO
Will the Anthropocene be the era of environmental collapse?
Thinking of an economy for planet Earth.

State University of Campinas, State of São Paulo
23-26 September 2019

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

IX Conference on Ecological Economics
Territories in dispute and commodification of nature.
Perspectives from the South-South
Andean Headquarters of the National University of Río Negro, Bariloche, Argentina
25 – 29 November 2019