An introduction to ecological economics

Sep 14, 2015 3 Comments by

This essay forms part of a Nottingham University open source radical engineering course. It explains where economic growth comes from, rival understandings of it in economics and what problems it causes. It also introduces “ecological economics” which is a concept system that recognises these problems and seeks solutions to them within the bio-physical carrying capacity of the planet.

Note: this paper was updated in September 2015. The original version was published in April 2014.

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Brian Davey trained as an economist but, aside from a brief spell working in eastern Germany showing how to do community development work, has spent most of his life working in the community and voluntary sector in Nottingham particularly in health promotion, mental health and environmental fields. He helped form Ecoworks, a community garden and environmental project for people with mental health problems. He is a member of Feasta Climate Working Group and former co-ordinator of the Cap and Share Campaign. He is editor of the Feasta book Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, and the author of Credo: Economic Beliefs in a World in Crisis.

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3 Responses to “An introduction to ecological economics”

  1. Nathan Surendran says:

    Hi Brian,

    Love Feasta’s work. This content seems to be very much in line with ‘Transition Engineering’ – a concept that is being explored by a rapidly growing group from across the globe, looking at how to “effectively manage the risks of un-sustainable resource use and environmental impacts by implementing changes and adaptations in existing engineered systems”.

    I’m also a graduate from Nottingham, and was wondering if you have a contact there and / or a link to the open source content you mention…

    Cheers, Nathan

  2. Reverse Engineer says:

    The pdf does not appear to be complete. It starts with Chapter 8


  3. Caroline Whyte says:

    That’s because it’s Chapter 8 of a textbook with several authors. Apologies for the lack of clarity.