Chapter 26: Assessing ecological economics at 30: results from a survey of ISEE members
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To complement the workshop from which this book emerged and help take stock of the field, I conducted an online survey of members of the International Society for Ecological Economics. About 9 percent of members responded. The respondents identified research themes in traditional and new areas within ecological economics. The traditional themes of sustainable scale of economic activities, just distribution of resources and a to a lesser extent, economic efficiency, were frequently discussed, as were cross-cutting themes of policy design and sustainability communication. While not discussed in previous summaries of the field, ecological macroeconomics emerged as an area with substantial interest. Respondents have interest in collaborating with a wide range of other fields, and the field is yet to reach consensus on its transdisciplinary identity. Overall, respondents were moderately optimistic about progress in the field, and displayed wide ranging interests in using scientific research to positively transform the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.

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