2012 ISEE Conference 2nd Call for Papers

12th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics ISEE 2012: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS AND RIO +20 CONTRIBUTIONS AND CHALLENGES FOR A GREEN ECONOMY

16-19 June, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


UPDATE:  The deadline for submission of abstracts for ISEE2012 has been extended to November 22, 2011. Results will be announced by December 15, 2011.

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ISEE is a nonprofit, 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. ISEE conferences are transdisciplinary and have been held biennially since 1990. ISEE2012 has been conceived to dovetail with the Rio+20 UNCSD Earth Summit. The Earth Summit has been charged with developing a road map for international cooperation toward a “Green Economy” and for promoting institutions necessary for sustainable development. ISEE2012 will address UNCSD themes as well as other key debates within ecological economics and environmental policy. It will promote dialogue with the Summit through a final ministerial panel and the participation of policy makers. The challenge for Ecological Economics at this Summit is to contribute to designing innovative alternatives, to address market and institutional failures, as well as to understand the working of ecological and economic systems.


Greening the Economy

  • Measuring green growth
  • The energy question
  • Sustainable consumption
  • (Un)sustainable cities?

The Political Economy of Green Development

  • Food security: who sows? who reaps?
  • The economics and politics of climate change
  • Pollution and politics
  • Challenges of community resource governance

Environmental Justice, Ethics and Values

  • Global agreements: is convergence possible?
  • Balancing nature: people, biodiversity and resilience
  • Governing environmental behaviour
  • Mores and morals: toward an environmental ethic
  • Political ecology and ecological conflicts

Methodological Challenges

  • Feminist economics and ecological economics: can the twain meet?
  • Behavioural economics and economic behaviour: beyond homo economicus?
  • Economics and Ecology: transdisciplinary conversations


There will be three tracks for abstract submissions: Panels (for long presentations), Roundtables (for short interventions) and Posters. Submissions can be in the form of individual abstracts or as full Panels and Roundtables. Full Panels/Roundtables require a cogent theme, a brief introduction giving the rationale, names of session chair(s), and abstracts/papers of all contributors.  Alternative innovative formats, including performances, films and installations, would also be welcome for consideration.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 700 words and must be submitted online via the conference website:   All abstracts for Panels and Roundtables will be reviewed by an international review panel (see schedule below). Abstracts for poster presentations will be evaluated by the ISEE Local Organizing Committee.Acceptance of all abstracts will be based on relevance for ecological economics and the conference theme, originality, and overall quality.  Official notification of abstract acceptance or rejection, or optional poster presentation will be emailed to the corresponding author on 15 December 2011. Full papers may be submitted on acceptance for presentation through April 15, 2012.

Conference organisers will make every effort to seek funding to reimburse travel costs and participation fees of those from non-OECD countries and for student researchers (with proof of university attendance). Those needing funding must submit a full paper by November 15.  Travel support is contingent on availability of funding and acceptance of full papers subject to a separate review process.

A limited number of panels or roundtables may be conducted in Portuguese or Spanish and organizers should indicate this preference in advance in the abstract submission. Abstracts should be submitted in English.


15 November 2011 – Session, paper, poster abstract submissions

15 December 2011 – Author notification

2 March 2012 – Pay registration fee online to ensure inclusion of abstract in conference brochure

15 April 2012 – Deadline for upload of full papers to conference website

16 June 2012 – Conference begins 

International Program and Scientific Committee

  • Bina Agarwal, President ISEE (2012-2013) and President of ISEE2012
  • John Gowdy, President ISEE, 2010-2011
  • Peter May, President ISEE, 2009-2010
  • Maria Amélia Enriquez, President ECOECO
  • Paulo Mibielli, Vice President ECOECO
  • José Eli da Veiga, University of São Paulo
  • José Feres, Vice-President ALEAR
  • Joshua Farley, University of Vermont, USA
  • Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, Kenya
  • Bernardo Aguilar, President SMEE, Costa Rica
  • Roldan Muradian, REDIBEC
  • Sigrid Stagl, President, ESEE
  • Begum Ozkaynak, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • Kevin Urama, President, ASEE, Kenya
  • Walter Pengue, President, AUSEE, Argentina
  • Wendy Proctor, President, ANZEE

Local Organizing Committee

  • Peter May, President, ISEE (2008-2009), Chairman 
  • Frederico Cavadas, Board member, ECOECO
  • José Feres, Vice-President, ALEAR
  • Liandra Caldasso, National Institute for Science and Technology, UFRJ
  • Paulo Mibielli, Vice President, ECOECO
  • Valeria Vinha, Institute of Economics-UFRJ

Partners and Institutional Support

  • Brazilian Society for Ecological Economics (ECOECO)
  • City Government of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • International Society of Human Ecology – SHE
  • Institute for Economic Growth – IEG, Delhi, India
  • Latin American Association for Environmental Economics and Natural Resources – ALEAR
  • National Institute for Science and Technology in Public Policy, Strategy and Development (INCT / PPED)
  • United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA)
  • Elsevier Press

At the instigation of UN-DESA Sustainable Development Division, ISEE2012 will offer a series of short courses or Learning Centres to be certified jointly. Those interested in offering one-day workshops on specific themes germane to UNCSD should contact the conference secretariat at the e-mail below.

For further information and abstract submission, visit or send an e-mail to For more information on ISEE, please visit us at

See you in Rio de Janeiro!

6 Responses

  1. Abstract
    The ecological system is endowed with wealth of resources and produces goods and services, which are essential for human well-being. Unfortunately, humans over use the natural resources and put pressure on the ecosystem services. The ecosystem, in the process of economic development, arrives at the point where production of environmental goods and human well- being are negatively impacted. Ceteris paribus, livelihood is functionally related to natural capital. Forests being the base of natural capital are the source of livelihood for people living in and around them. Most of these peoples residing in and around forest area are indigenous. They are an integral part of forest ecosystem. Indigenous and other forest dependent people’s decisions regarding when and where to extract resources are fundamental questions in some regions of the world. The livelihood of these people depends on allocation of labor in different economic activities as well as for extraction of natural resources produced and supplied by forest ecosystem services. These people manage their time and allocate labor in an optimal way to maximize utility. When the forest ecosystem is in a natural state resources are abundant and able to support the livelihood of people whose size is small. However, once anthropogenic intervention like mining degrades the forest ecosystem, and puts more pressure on ecosystem services (because of more migrant labour), the livelihood of these people is disturbed. Unable to maximize utility by deciding where and when to extract resources, these people start moving away in search of jobs and alternative livelihoods.
    In the present paper, the impact of mine-spoiled degraded ecosystem on livelihood and well- being of indigenous and other forest dependent people is studied taking into consideration the time allocation and resource extraction by the households. Along with a supportive literature in terms of Resource Extraction, Anthropogenic Intervention and Ecosystem Divergence, a theoretical frame of the household model is developed to maximize utility of indigenous and other forest dependent people with some resource and income constraints. Estimating the model using multinomial logistic regression we find that due to anthropogenic intervention like unsustainable mining activities, households were relatively more vulnerable during last five to six decades than during any comparable period of human history. Our analyses suggest to correct the vulnerability of the household through policy changes of adopting drastic and large- scale restoration in the mine spoiled degraded site. At the same time we also suggest to the policy makers and planners of mining activities to think seriously about the ecosystem while granting mining lease to either government or private agencies and should ensure the sustainability of mining especially in forest and tribal dominated areas in order to maintain the ecosystem in a desired state of biodiversity.


    The necessity to mitigate environmental damages and to preserve the environmental resources has pushed countries to rethinking their production and consumption models, focusing on the sustainable development principles. Facing this new paradigm, a concern has raised in stimulating the use of environmental goods. Consequently, issues regarding the definition and classification of environmental goods have emerged in trade negotiations and in academia and, more recently, also in the conceptual scope of the Green Economy developments.
    Due to this scenario and current discussion on environmental goods at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the role to Brazil as a major player in their markets might become particularly important, once Brazilian exports and, mainly, imports of environmental goods is significant, particularly to renewable energies. This statement can be supported by Brazilian potential in this energy sector (REN21, 2010) and by the investments that are projected to happen to enhance production of renewable sources (The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010-11).
    However, the outcomes to Brazil in facing this new commercial reality that, until 2007, were dependent on negotiations to environmental goods at the Committee on Trade and Environment – Special Session – WTO, are now related to the Green Economy near developments. One of the biggest matters that challenge Brazilian policy makers is the dispute on classifying environmental goods among WTO member-countries. To illustrate this point, developed countries have proposed lists to negotiate environmental goods, which include several equipment used to produce renewable energy, and are classified as industrial goods, and arguing that they can be considered clean technology. This position affects developing countries, which usually are importers of such devices, facing negative trade impacts on their trade balance, which could be even worsened by tariff reductions.
    This is, indeed, Brazil´s case, as the country imports a considerable quantity of industrial goods in the renewable energy category, according to the classification proposed by OECD and the European Union. On the other hand, the ethanol, which shows an exporting potentiality for Brazilian companies, has been excluded by most of lists proposed by developed countries. The same kind of debate that has been enveloping the environmental goods negotiation at the WTO is likely to prevail also in the scope of the Green Economy.
    Thus, the goal of this study is to evaluate the Brazilian trade balance for renewable energy, based upon the list proposed by OECD and by the European Union, both being negotiated at the WTO, and to identify the variables that affect imports and exports of those goods. Besides, we build scenarios to project impacts over the Brazilian trade balance taking into consideration the plausible outcomes of international negotiations and tariff cuts to environmental goods, specifically to renewable energy goods. We apply a VAR model (Vector auto-regressive model), based on Castro and Cavalcanti (1997).
    Key-words: Brazil, Renewable energy, International Trade; Environmental goods; WTO; VAR model; Green Economy

  3. I am from India. I need financial support for paper presentation. So can i submit my full paper by November 22, 2011?


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