Welcome to 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 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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17th International Conference of RSEE
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17th International Conference of the RSEE

The Russian Society for Ecological Economics is excited to announce the 17th International Conference of …

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Creating in the dark – Workshop Series

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Paying Tribute to Herman Daly

Celebrating the Life of Herman Daly 1938 – 2022 A memorial service will be held celebrating the life of Herman Daly on Saturday, November 12, at 4 p.m. EST. ...
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Death of Herman Daly

The ISEE Community is deeply saddened by the death of Herman Daly, co-founder of the ISEE and constant contributor to the field of Ecological Economics.  He was awarded the...

III Meeting of Chairs Economics and Environment 2022

III International Meeting of Chairs of Economy and Environment UNViMa, November 17 and 18 , 2022 The Organizing Committee of the Third International Meeting of Chairs of Economics and Environment sends you the first circular with information...
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Doing Ecological Economics

Thinking about carbon policies and management May 11, 2022 at 16h CET YouTube This webinar will explore to what extent ecological economics principles are currently integrated into carbon policies...

Agarwal Book Prize

Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize  The Suraj Mal and Shyama Devi Agarwal Book Prize is awarded biennially for a work of original scholarship in the field of feminist...


The ISEE Journal
Ecological Economics

The journal is concerned with extending and integrating the understanding of the interfaces and interplay between “nature’s household” (ecosystems) and “humanity’s household” (the economy). Ecological economics is an interdisciplinary field defined by a set of concrete problems or challenges related to governing economic activity in a way that promotes human well-being, sustainability, and justice. The journal thus emphasizes critical work that draws on and integrates elements of ecological science, economics, and the analysis of values, behaviors, cultural practices, institutional structures, and societal dynamics. The journal is transdisciplinary in spirit and methodologically open, drawing on the insights offered by a variety of intellectual traditions, and appealing to a diverse readership.