Ecological Economics from the Ground Up takes a unique and much-needed bottom-up approach to teaching ecological economics and political ecology, using case studies that focus on a wide range of internationally relevant topics, to teach the principles, concepts, methods and tools of these fields, which are seen as increasingly important in the context of the current triple social, economic and environmental crisis.
This book provides learning materials which are grounded in the experience of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), with case studies chosen by CSOs and developed collaboratively with leading ecological economists. The case studies come from Europe, India, Latin America, and Africa, and are presented thematically along three lines: 1) social metabolism and accounting methods, 2) institutions and participation, and 3) valuation and environmental policy tools. Core tools, concepts and glossary terms are embedded in topics chosen as a matter of urgency by activist organizations, related to mining and fossil fuel extraction, integrated transport infrastructure development, deforestation and agro-fuel production, sustainable tourism, waste management, wetlands and water management, payments for ecosystem services, natural disasters and hazards, and corporate accountability.
Ecological Economics from the Ground Up has been designed to be an accessible learning aid for students of the sustainability sciences and for those CSOs that have recognised the value that ecological economics and political ecology tools and methods hold for their research and advocacy work.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Part I: Social Metabolism 1. Aid, Social Metabolism and Social Conflict in the Nicobar Islands 2. The Mining Enclave of the Cordillera del Condor 3. The Manta-Manaus Project 4. High Speed Transport Infrastructure in Italy 5. Life and livelihood in Kenya’s Tana Delta 6. South Africa’s Minerals-Energy Complex Part II: Participation and Institutions 7. Local Governance and Environment Investments in Hiware Bazar, India 8. Participatory Forest Management in Mendha Lekha, India 9. Forestry and Communities in Cameroon 10. The Waste Crisis in Campania, Italy 11. The Sedentarization of Tibetan Nomads Part III: Valuation and Environmental Policy 12. Nautical Tourism Development in the Lastovo Islands Nature Park 13. Local Communities and Management of the Djerdap Protected Area in Serbia 14. Payments for Ecosystem Services in India from the Bottom-Up 15. The Potential of Redd and Legal Reserve Compensation in Mato Grosso, Brazil 16. Environmental Justice and Ecological Debt in Belgium 17. Multidimensional valuation for socio-ecological conflict analysis in Costa Rica 18. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity 19. Conclusion
Hali Healy is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at King’s College, London, United Kingdom. She also coordinates an online course in Ecological Economics and Political Ecology for Environmental Justice Organizations.
Joan Martínez-Alier is Professor of Economics and Economic History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is also a founding member and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics.
Leah Temper is a researcher in Environmental History and Ecological Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and a freelance environmental journalist and video artist.
Mariana Walter is a researcher and PhD candidate at ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Her thesis addresses mining conflicts in Latin America.
Julien-François Gerber is Visiting Fellow at the Department of Economics, Harvard University, USA. He is interested in plantation studies, agrarian change, political ecology, and institutional and ecological economics.