Ecological Economics

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Ecological Economics (EE) is a science of sustainability that views the economy as embedded in the greater biophysical ecosystem. Through a trans-disciplinary approach, it emphasizes the social, economic, biophysical, cultural and ethical issues at stake in the management of human economies and their interactions with the natural world. EE provides tools and methods with a potential for wide impact in environmental policy-making at a European and global level.

Areas of study include: ecological distribution conflicts and their link with the social metabolism of societies, the development of physical indicators and indices, the multiplicity of languages of valuation at stake in resource management, multi-criteria evaluation methods and environmental policy instruments to improve sustainability.