The preparations for the Oxford Spring School in Ecological Economics 2019 are in full swing. The School will be hosted by a lovely St Hilda’s College featuring wonderful views and green lawns. We are expecting several special guests including the Director General of WWF, Marco Lambertini, Professors Joachim Spangenberg, Herbert Girardet, Victoria Hurth, Stanislava Boskovic, Dave Elliott, Erik Gomez-Baggethun. Our subject this March will be Ecosystems, coincidentally, the topic of our new photography album, which has received so much attention at the UNFCCC COP24: http://stanislav.photography/ecosystems
The School will address key elements of the new economy transformation, 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, 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 a theoretical and applied modules and will address three key elements of the new economy transformation: an industrial ecology approach, multiple criteria methods for decision making and new tools for measuring progress.
The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD 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 and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organized by Environment Europe attracted participants from 54 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bosnia, Latvia, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, New Zealand and Australia, including representatives of UNDP, UNEP, ILO, IUCN, OECD, WWF, leading universities, NGOs and government ministries.
It is still possibly to submit an application for the late admission: http://environmenteurope.org/education/12
(c) Dr Stanislav Shmelev