Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2016

Environment Europe

is pleased to announce that we have still several extra places available at the

Oxford Summer School in
Ecological Economics 2016

to take place 4-10 September 2016.

The programme this year is really special
and we will be delighted to welcome you at the 800-year-old
Balliol College, Oxford, UK,
the Alma Mater of Adam Smith, Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene.

Registration is open at:

Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2016

The School will address key elements of the new economy transformation, exploring the cutting edge methods and policy applications in ecological economics. With a clear sustainable development focus, it will draw on the expertise of a range of disciplines: economics, ecology, physics, environmental sciences, sociology, psychology, complex systems theory, etc. to address the current challenges: climate change, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, water shortages, social cohesion and achieving sustainability. The course will be composed of a theoretical and applied modules and will address three key elements of the new economy transformation: an industrial ecology approach, multiple criteria methods for decision making and new tools for measuring progress.

In the theoretical part, it will analyse the concept of economy-environment interactions and industrial ecology, which highlights the importance of intersectoral flows of matter and energy required for the production of the goods and services. The method of environmentally extended input-output analysis, actively used for policy applications around the world, will be introduced to illustrate this approach. Ideas of interdisciplinary synthesis and methodological pluralism will be introduced alongside institutional economic approaches. Next, it will explore the system of tools for decision making based on multicriteria methods, used for policy appraisal, which applied at different levels could shift the patterns of decisions-making towards more socially equitable and more environmentally friendly as well as economically sound decisions. Acting as a bridge to the policy module, the final theoretical session will criticise existing approaches to measure macro sustainability performance and will introduce new conceptual tools for the assessment of progress.

The applied module will be taught by active professionals and experts, who advise international organizations, national and city governments around the world and have experience working with EU institutions. The School will draw on the EU experience of environmental policy and will focus in its applied part on green fiscal reform, climate change, renewable energy, multidimensional poverty measurement, sustainable cities and values. The scope of sustainability issues addressed during the Summer School, covering not only economic and environmental, but also social sustainability, will make this Summer School truly unique.

The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD students, government experts, representatives of international organizations and business. The course will give participants an opportunity to explore key methodologies for ecological-economic analysis and to apply these to various case studies. Oxford and Summer Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organized by Environment Europe attracted participants from 38 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, and Australia (please see the map).

The course is taught by the leading ecological economists, environmental policy and sustainable urban development experts in Europe.

Our invited speakers will include Prof. Herbert Girardet (The Club of Rome and World Future Council), Dr Stefan Speck (European Environment Agency), Prof. Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Dr Stanislav Shmelev (Environment Europe) Prof. Erik Dietzenbacher (University of Groningen), Prof. Dave Elliott (The Open University), Prof.  Peter Söderbaum (Mälardalen University), Dr Yangyang Shen (University of Oxford), Prof. Miranda Schreurs (Free University of Berlin), Prof. Irina Shmeleva (Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies).

Educational forums organized by Environment Europe have already attracted participants from 37 countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Iceland, Norway, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Bhutan, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia. Among our alumni are members of UNDP, UNEP, OECD & DEFRA staff, PhD students, academics, business (SHELL, DELOITTE) and NGO representatives.

We will be delighted to see you in Oxford! Please complete your application by 15 July 2016 at http://environmenteurope.org/education/7.

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