ESEE Elections

Election to the ESEE Board for 2013 – 2015



imageDr. Irene Ring

Since 1992 I have been working at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, one of the first research institutions in Germany to set up an ecological economics research group. I am Deputy Head of the Department of Economics at UFZ, in addition to leading an interdisciplinary Social Sciences Working Group on Nature and Biodiversity Conservation. My own research focus is on economic instruments in conservation policies, biodiversity economics and environmental federalism, but I also regularly coordinate international and interdisciplinary research projects. I am presently involved in a number of EU FP7 and BiodivERsA funded research projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services, including POLICYMIX, SCALES and CONNECT. I recently contributed to the international TEEB study on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity” and am currently deputy study leader and member of the coordination team of “Natural Capital Germany – TEEB DE”.

I have been teaching various courses in the fields of ecological economics, environmental sciences and public finances at the University of Leipzig for many years. In 2008/2009, I was invited to be guest professor for ecological services at the University of Bayreuth, as part of an international Master’s degree programme on Global Change Ecology. Having completed my habilitation qualification on “Economic Instruments for Conservation Policies in Federal Systems” at the Economics Faculty of Leipzig University in 2011, I continue to teach at both these universities.

For more information, please visit my homepage.

As a member of ISEE since 1994 and of ESEE since its foundation in 1996, I consider ecological economics as my true scholarly home. I have been serving as the Conferences and Meetings Committee Chair of the present ESEE Board since 2010. Putting myself forward as a candidate to become the ESEE’s next president is a reflection of my desire to take on the challenges the post involves, and I would be delighted if I could count on your support in my bid to guide the society’s future. As we will have a number of changes in Board membership, my immediate focus would be to establish a Board that works well and is based on team spirit – this, in my view, is key to involving present ESEE members much more in relevant matters of the society and, not least, to recruiting new members for the society’s continuing existence.

Vice Presidents:

imageTatiana Kluvankova-Oravska

MSc. in Environmental Sciences (1994), PhD in Economics (1999), Associate professor in theory of politics (2012). 15 years of interdisciplinary research in the field of decision-making and environmental policy. Current research interests are strategic decision making under the uncertainty and complexity, multiple methods in interdisciplinary social and natural sciences, publishing papers in Science, Ecological Economics and Environment and Planning C, or MIT Press. Chair of the collaborative network CETIP: Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies of Institutions, Evolution and Policies dedicated to introduce novel ideas from institutional ecological and behavioural economics into the interdisciplinary research and education, public debate and policy making in Central and Eastern Europe

My ambitions as ESEE vice president are to (i) continue in developing Training Institutes in Ecological Economics, (ii) promote inter-generational cooperation of early stage and experience researchers and (iii) extend ESEE competence by initiating interdisciplinary projects in particular those addressing important societal challenges. As former member of Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (2003-2007) and present Faculty member of the Earth System Governance project I will continue in endorsing cooperation with partners networks via join conferences and PhD trainings.

Nomination supported by Paula Antunes, Janne Hukkinen, Jouni Paavola, Bernd Siebenhüner, Peter Söderbaum, Andrej Udovc.

ErikDr. Erik Gómez-Baggethun

Born July8th 1980. Nationality: Spanish and Norwegian.

Affiliation: Senior researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Building C5, Faculty of Sciences-Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 08193-Bellaterra Cerdanyola del Vallés, Spain. Tel +34 935868550; Fax +34 935863331; e-mail:;

Research interests: General: ecological economics; political ecology; institutional theory. Specific: accounting and valuation of ecosystem services; Payments for Ecosystem Services; resilience theory; adaptive management.

Language skills: Spanish (native); Norwegian (advanced level); English (expert level); French (advanced level).

Burdened by unsustainable ecological and financial debts, the European economy is now subsumed in a deep structural crisis. I envision the ESEE as a platform that can facilitate a transition from the economy of growth to an ecological economy based on principles of environmental justice, strong sustainability and co-evolution within planetary boundaries. ESEE can become a relevant actor in this project by advancing a combination of structural policy reforms, such as resource and pollution caps and sanctuaries, ecotaxes, reduction of labour time, etc. and grass-roots action that build new institutions at the margins of the economic system.

Board Members:

clip_image001Begum Ozkaynak

I am currently an associate professor of economics at Boğaziçi University. I received my MA in Economics at Boğaziçi University; MPhil in Economics at Manchester University and PhD in Ecological Economics under Environmental Sciences at Autonoma de Barcelona University, Spain. My research interests include environmental and ecological economics, sustainable development, urban sustainability and governance, and environmental conflicts. I have been actively participating in the ESEE activities since 2000. In 2011, we organised the 9th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University. I see ecological economics as a distinct paradigm and try like to do my best so that it can realize its full potential and influence policy-making.


Lenka Slavíková

M. A. in Environmental Policy and Economics (2003), PhD in Economic Policy with focus on the environmental policy (2009). Five years of the economic and later interdisciplinary research in the field of environmental policy and evolution of the economic thought relevant for the environmental protection. Current research interests are development of institutional economics for the purpose of environmental protection, interdisciplinary methodology, multilevel governance (with the focus on public participation). Publishing papers in Ecological Economics or Regional Studies. Member of the collaborative network CETIP: Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies of Institutions, Evolution and Policies dedicated to introduce novel ideas from institutional ecological and behavioral economics into the interdisciplinary research and education, public debate and policy making in Central and Eastern Europe Wide experiences with conference organization and coordination of scientific networks.

imageJuha Hiedanpää

I am an institutional environmental economist (MSc 1994), environmental policy scientist (PhD 2004) and an adjunct professor of natural resources policy in the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) (2009). I have been affiliated with the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute since 2006. Therein I currently lead the project Human-Wildlife Transactions: A Pragmatist Approach to Institutional Fit (FITPA) (Academy of Finland, 2011–2015, for details see ). I also lead the scientific work of the UEF team in the BIOMOT project (FP7-ENV2011, 2011-2015, for details see ). Both FITPA and BIOMOT (MOTivational strength of ecosystem services and alternative ways to express the value of BIOdiversity) explore why the policies and the public do not appear to respond swiftly and effectively to prevent further biodiversity degradation. I teach Environmental Economics and Global Economy and Biodiversity Crisis in the University of Turku.

As an ESEE board member my ambitious would be to promote the transdiciplinary science and democratic experiments to improve the fit between institutions, policies, civil society and environmental problems.

Student Representative:

Leslie Carnoye

As a student and young researcher, being involved into a research network such as ESEE is a wonderful opportunity. On the short term, integrating the board would allow me to facilitate the organization of the conference 2013, in Lille. Furthermore, as I extensively use Ecological Economics in my own research, becoming a part of the Society is a great chance to understand the way collective action is built and used to enact the so needed change portrayed in theory. I would therefore be sincerely pleased to integrate the ESEE community and will do my best to represent and bring in the position of my fellow students.