The International Society for Ecological Economics was founded in Barcelona in 1987, and our group represents one of the very early and most famous today research and teaching initiatives in the field.
Ecological Economics refers to an economics where Nature matters. For ecological economists, “externalities” are not exceptions to the market, but cost-shifting successes that are pervasive in the system. Shifting costs while appropriating benefits is a constant source of conflict.
Political Ecology in turn studies ecological distribution conflicts, meaning power struggles over the distribution of environmental good and bads. Our group is at the forefront of international political, ecological-economic research. We coordinate two major European projects, Ejolt Entitle and Acknowl-EJ.
We host also an important nucleus of researchers studying degrowth. Degrowth is the hypothesis that a democratic downscaling of production and consumption is not only possible, but also desirable and sustainable. We organized in Barcelona the 2nd International Conference on Degrowth and we are at the forefront of related publications and outreach activities, in collaboration with Research & Degrowth, Barcelona.