ESEE 2017 Conference Budapest
20 – 23 June 2017, Budapest, Hungary 12th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics Ecological Economics in Action: Building a Reflective and Inclusive Community

Student paper submission deadline EXTENDED: 31 May 2017

More information on the Best Student Paper Prize here and template for preparing the full paper here


Abstract submission deadline extended to: 5th December 2016.

Extended abstracts may be submitted via the conference website, which is available here. 

Special session proposals may be submitted via latest till 7 October 2016

Key topics of ESEE 2017 will include:

  1. Ecological Economics as Transformative Science

1.1.   Philosophical and methodological reflections: epistemology, theory and praxis integrated, action research and action learning, arts-based research on sustainability, indigenous perspectives on science and research, activism

1.2.   Ethics of transformative research: How to become critical and self-reflective scientists and reflective practitioners? Reflections on research relations

1.3.   Ecological economics in sustainability and degrowth transformations: intended and unintended effects of ecological economics research and education

1.4.   Science-society contributions to sustainability transformation: citizen science, community-based research, participatory action research, responsible research and innovation, science shops, etc.

  1. Ecological Economics as Transdisciplinary Environmental Science

2.1.   A post-normal and/or post-disciplinary science: who has a place within, which actors and whose knowledge? Utopias, heterotopias, nowtopias

2.2.   Imitating and learning from Nature: green urbanism, nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based adaptation, circular economy, bio-economy, green economy, etc. under critical scrutiny

2.3.   Ecosystem services: complexity, financialisation, trade-offs, valuation, etc.

2.4.   Natural resource management: adaptation, conservation, control, empowerment, governance, participation, resilience, sustainable use, etc.

  1. Ecological Economics as Critical Inquiry for Advocacy and Justice

3.1.   Research as advocacy: Representing the voiceless (human and non-human) world

3.2.   Gender in ecological economics: feminist perspectives, queer ecologies

3.3.   Reflections on justice: Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) holders as legitimate actors in sustainability science; climate, environmental and social justice; conflicts and social movements

3.4.   Bringing power back in: power of science on knowledge production and use, inclusion and exclusion in ecological economics, political ecology and the ecological economics discourse

  1. Ecological Economics as Policy Science for Institutional Change

4.1.   Facilitating social change and sustainability transformation: behavioural, historical and cross-cultural approaches

4.2.   Technological-social-ecological systems in co-evolution

4.3.   Structures of global domination: critical perspectives on global sustainable development policy making and global institutional structures (biodiversity, climate, trade and investment, etc.)

4.4.   Biodiversity and ecosystem services in the policy arena: critical assessment of global, national, regional and local policy processes, incentives and institutions, governance regimes

4.5.   Social metabolism and systems approaches: ecological macroeconomics, mapping and modelling consumption-production systems, social-ecological systems

  1. Well-being in Ecological Economics

5.1.   Strategies for transformation to a low carbon economy (climate change adaptation, energy transformation, etc.)

5.2.   Community economy, solidarity economy, social entrepreneurship: ways of creating linked prosperity

5.3.   Strategies towards degrowth: increasing human well-being in a bounded economy

5.4.   Health and well-being: whose health, whose well-being, whose rights and whose capabilities?

  1. Empirical Insights and Real-life Impacts by Ecological Economics

6.1.   Studying social-ecological systems: how to bring together diverse disciplines, variety of knowledges, a rich pool of tools and instruments?

6.2.   Studying consumption-production systems, supply chains and business sustainability

6.3.   Studying meaning-making: attitudes, behaviour, cognition, emotion, norms, values, etc.

6.4.   Studying education and teaching: diverse pedagogies, co-learning, classroom-based action research, etc.

Special Sessions:

Comparing Ecological Distribution Conflicts across regions and commoditiesthematic session – open for abstract submission
Linking energy and macroeconomics:which ‘energy’ and which ‘macroeconomics’?problem solving session – open for abstract submission
Complementing monetary evaluations by means of comprehensive environmental assessment of resources and services. The Emergy Accounting methodthematic session – open for abstract submission
Sustaining urban ecosystem services: The multiple benefits of green and blue infrastructure.thematic session – open for abstract submission
Negotiating diverging values, interests and institutions in the spatial governance of commonsthematic session – open for abstract submission
Debating work and growth. Inseparable twins?problem solving session – open for abstract submission
The role of trade in resource use across levels of scale: Conceptual and methodological advancesthematic session – open for abstract submission
Governing Insurance Value of Ecosystemsthematic session – open for abstract submission
Developing consistent theory for social ecological economics – where do we stand?thematic session – open for abstract submission
The science-policy-society interface in Europe – linking across sectors and knowledge domainsround table discussion – closed
Human development and linkages to energy servicesthematic session – open for abstract submission
Ecological economics modelling and degrowththematic session – open for abstract submission
Challenges and Lessons from (radical) alternative transformationsthematic session – open for abstract submission
Quiet degrowth – diachronic and synchronic perspectives on the European semiperipherythematic session – open for abstract submission
Degrowth and Technology – Technological-social-ecological systems in co-evolutionthematic session – open for abstract submission
How to define and assess needs and well-being in a degrowth perspective: debating concepts, tools and methodsproblem solving session – closed
Putting sustainable nutrition in the catering sector forward – Insights from the project NAHGASTthematic session – open for abstract submission
Ecosystem services from unknown perspectives: Giving voice to silent stakeholdersthematic session – open for abstract submission
Open and citizen science in sustainability research. Reflections on the responsible research and innovation (RRI) discourseproblem solving session – open for abstract submission
Theoretical and political journeys between environmental justice and degrowthproblem solving session – open for abstract submission
The energy trap of the green revolutionthematic session – open for abstract submission
Positive uncertainties in megaproject evaluationthematic session – open for abstract submission
Towards an Ecological Economics of Waterthematic session – open for abstract submission
Vulnerability and conflict: implications for human wellbeing in a society embarking on degrowthproblem solving session – closed


Abstracts for papers and posters

For papers and posters, please submit an extended abstract (min. 4000, max. 8000 characters) by

25 November 2016.

Extended abstracts must be submitted in plain text format excluding figures but it may include references (not counted in the word total). Submissions will be peer-reviewed before being accepted. Each author cannot submit more than two abstracts as first (lead) author.

A prize for the best student paper presented at the conference will be awarded. There will be a dedicated poster session, and a ‘best poster’ prize will be awarded at the conference.

Grants will be available through application.

Extended abstracts may be submitted via the conference website which is available here .

Special session proposals

Special session submissions are welcome on specific topics, debates, or problems discussing and complementing the conference topics and sub-topics outlined above. Beyond the conventional special sessions, panel discussions, workshops, deliberative and creative formats are encouraged, such as for example:

To propose any special sessions by 7 October 2016, please include the following information:

Special session submissions will be evaluated by the Scientific Advisory Committee of ESEE 2017 and if the session is accepted abstracts linked to the special sessions will be open to general abstract submissions including the peer-review process. Please, note that special sessions which only include participants from one institution or a single country are not likely to be considered.

Special session proposals may be submitted via

Pdf version of Call for papers available here