OXFORD Spring School in Ecological Economics 2020

OXFORD Spring School in Ecological Economics 2020

22-28 March 2020. Environment Europe Foundation. Balliol College, Oxford

Environment Europe is pleased to announce that Balliol College, Oxford will host the Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics 2020 to take place 22 – 28 March 2020. This year the School is devoted to Ecological Economics, Governance and Environmental Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economy, Policy. The programme includes interventions from the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, The Open University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies and Environment Europe Foundation.


Prof. Joachim Spangenberg (SERI), Dr Stanislav Shmelev (Environment Europe Ltd), Prof. Arild Vatn (University of Life Sciences, Norway), Prof. Dave Elliott (The Open University), Prof. Stefan Speck (European Environment Agency), Prof. Irina Shmeleva (Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies) have confirmed their participation in the School.

The School will take place at 800-year-old Balliol College, Oxford and will address key elements of the green economy transformation with a particular focus on ecosystems, economy and policy, 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, finance, politics, international relations, 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 theoretical and applied modules and will address the key elements of the environment-economy interaction: the foundations of ecological economics, methodological approaches of input-output analysis, multi-criteria decision aid, ecological conflicts around the world, regenerative cities, smart cities, sustainable transport, sustainable urbanism, renewable energy, urban planning, ecosystem services and case studies from around the world. The Spring School will feature interactive simulation games.

The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for Ph.D. 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 Summer, Winter and Spring Schools in Ecological Economics organized by Environment Europe attracted participants from  58 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Albania, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, China, India, Bhutan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and Australia, including representatives of UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, OECD, ILO, DEFRA staff, NGOs, academia and business, including Shell and Deloitte.

In case we receive United Nations, European Commission or other funding for the School, there could be limited opportunities for scholarships for young talented academics and participants from the developing world.

We are immensely pleased that our new book, Shmelev S.E., ed. (2019) Sustainable Cities Reimagined: Multidimensional Assessment and Smart Solutions, Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Sustainable-Cities-Reimagined-Multidimensional-Assessment-and-Smart-Solutions/Shmelev/p/book/9780367254209 will be launched at the School.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Oxford.

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