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

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

August 13-15, 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Sociedad Mesoamericana de Economía Ecológica (SMEE)

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

ISEE Regional Conferences held earlier in 2013

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

Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE)

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


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

Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE)

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


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


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


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

Video Presentation

Presidential address of Dr. Bina Agarwal at ISEE 2012 in Rio de Janeiro “On Greening Rural Economies” introduced by Dr. John Gowdy, past-President.

Check out the ISEE 2012 in RIO section for materials from the conference:

  • Speech to the ISEE 2012 by Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency JIGMI Y. THINLEY
  • Boulding Award-winning Speeches by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees