Ecological Economics from the Ground Up

Ecological Economics from the Ground Up – Online Course Running from Sept-Dec 2011

The online course, "Ecological Economics For and Through Civil Society Organizations" that was piloted under the European FP7 CEECEC project ( will be run again under the EJOLT project (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) . This is likely to be between September and December 2011. We are now accepting applications from interested potential students, preferably with NGO, policy or academic backgrounds.

Outline (Students choose 9 of the modules below, in addition to the introductory lecture and exam):

  1. Introductory lecture (ecological vs. environmental economics, ecological distribution conflicts and environmental justice organisations) Sept 5-9
  2. Aid, Social Metabolism and Social Conflict in the Nicobar Islands (social metabolism, material and energy flows, complex disasters) Sept 12-16
  3. Let Them Eat Sugar: Life and Livelihood in Kenya’s Tana Delta (property rights, GDP of the Poor, EROI, resilience) Sept 19-23
  4. Forestry and communities in Cameroon (commodity chains, co-management, ecologically unequal exchange, forest economics, languages of valuation, cost shifting) Sept 26-30
  5. The Waste Crisis in Campania (consumption, externalities) Oct 03-07
  6. Environmental Justice and Ecological Debt in Belgium: The UMICORE case (post normal science, ecological debt, environmental justice, CSR, corporate accountability) Oct 10-14
  7. Participatory Forest Management in Mendha Lekha, India (commons, property rights, funds and stocks) Oct 17-21
  8. PES in India (PES, Coasian bargaining , institutional innovations, property rights) Oct 24-28
  9. REDD in Brazil (REDD, opportunity cost, transaction cost, ecological economic zoning, net present value, willingness to pay, contingent valuation) Oct 31-Nov 04
  10. Nautical Tourism in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park, Croatia (policy instruments for sustainable tourism, contingent valuation, travel cost method) Nov 7-11
  11. The TAV (High Speed Rail) in Italy (CBA, SMCA, weak vs. strong sustainability) Nov 14-18
  12. Local Communities and Management of Protected Areas in Serbia (depopulation, dams (Krutilla’s method) discount rate) Nov 21-25
  13. Local Governance and Environment Investments in Hiware Bazar, India (Co-management/JFM, property rights, virtual water, GDP of the poor, affluence and environmental impact, virtual water) Nov 28 Dec 02
  14. Concluding lecture – Ecological Distributive Conflicts on Commodity Frontiers : Mining and Transport in Ecuador Dec 05-09
  15. Course assessment (an “exam” and submission of evaluations of the course by trainees)

The course is anticipated to last a maximum of 15 weeks, and a nominal fee (ranging from around 50€ to 200€) will be charged to cover running costs. On completion a certificate will be awarded. The maximum number of participants in the course will be 50 and students require a good command of written/oral English and internet access. If interested please write a one-page letter of intent, outlining your relevant experience and interests, and why you wish to take the course, and email it to by June 30, 2011.

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3 Responses to Ecological Economics from the Ground Up

  1. Jigme Tsering says:


    Can you let me Know if this course is offered if you only want to attend one week?



  2. Cathy Lear says:

    I just found your web site and noticed this online class being offered. Is there any chance that enrollment is still open?
    Thank you
    Cathy Lear

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