Pisa, Italy

Leveraging Ecological Economics to Advance the Sustainability Transition

when 11 July 2023 - 15 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 250

The twentieth century saw enormous leaps and bounds in addressing various challenges pertaining to human development - e.g. rapid economic growth, the recognition of climate risks, poverty alleviation, better healthcare for many, addressing racial, gender, and religious inequities, etc. Such trends call for a deep understanding of the interlinkages among social, economic, and environmental challenges to provide policy advice for a legitimate, fair, and evidence-informed transition towards sustainability. Ecological Economics, with its core emphasis on interdisciplinarity and incommensurability, provides a valuable conceptual framework for exploring the needed transitions towards sustainability.

Course leader

Prof. Tommaso Luzzati

Target group

The program targets mainly Masters and PhD students. However, last year bachelor students are also eligible.

Course aim

Upon completion of the summer school, students will understand the founding epistemological and analytical tools of ecological economics, which will be used to explore current sustainability challenges and the recent concepts of post growth/degrowth. Students, thanks also to debate-based activities, will be able to formulate their own informed perspective on sustainable development, and develop realistic policies/strategies for the transition towards sustainable development. A scientific workshop, which will be held before the summer school on 10-11 July 2023, at the University of Florence, will expose students to recent developments in behavioral/experimental ecological economics. After the summer school, participants can enjoy three days of hiking that will include interactive classes on topical issues and presentations and discussions of research by summer school participants. Information on the workshop and the hiking will be available on the specic summer school webpage.

Fee info

EUR 250: tuition fees


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