Ecological Economics: Sustainability in Practice
S.E. Shmelev, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
In a concise and crisp manner, this book presents the state of the art in ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field focused on the analysis of sustainability of global, national and regional economic systems. An elegant guide, the book offers a range of cutting edge methods used in sustainability research including multicriteria decision aid (MCDA), input-output analysis, and life cycle analysis.
This book is packed with references for students with some background in economics, environmental science or mathematics who aim to develop the analytical skills required for redirecting our development path towards sustainability in government, international organisations, academia, non-profit sector and business.
- Presents the state of the art in ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field focused on the analysis of sustainability of global, national and regional economic systems
- Presents a range of cutting edge methods used in sustainability research: multicriteria decision aid (MCDA), input-output analysis, life cycle analysis, etc.
- Contains practical case studies focused on the most pressing topics of today: renewables, biodiversity, waste management, sustainable business
Part I: Theory of Ecological Economics.- Introduction.- 1. The Economic System and the Environment.- 2. Industrial Ecology: Material and Energy Flows, Life Cycle Analysis.- 3. The Big Picture Vision and the Environment: An International Perspective.- 4. Economic Valuation and Decision Making: MCDA as a tool for the Future.- 5. Macroeconomy: Market Failures and Externalities: What Can Be Done.- 6. Economic Models and the Environment: Input-Output Analysis.- 7. Sustainable Development: Measuring Progress.- Part II: Ecological-Economic Applications.- 8. Climate Change and Renewable Energy: How to Choose the Optimal Pool of Technologies.- 9. Biodiversity Loss: New Methods for Evaluating Ecosystems.- 10. Sustainable Cities: Interdisciplinary Perspective.- 11. Regional Waste Management: Multicriteria Modelling.- 12. Business and Sustainable Development: CSR in Practice.- Index.
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