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An Introduction to Ecological Economics


By: Robert Costanza(Editor), John H Cumberland(Editor), Herman E Daly(Editor), Robert Goodland(Editor), Richard B Norgaard(Editor)

384 pages, 30 illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2014 | Edition: 2 | #165092 | ISBN-13: 9781566706841
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An Introduction to Ecological Economics, Second Edition is the definitive introduction to the field of ecological economics, which is concerned with extending and integrating the study and management of ecological as well as economic needs, sustaining both "nature's household" and "humankind's household." It provides a unified understanding of natural and human-dominated ecosystems and reintegrates market economics within the limits posed by the biophysical world. Written by five of the leading figures in the field, this new edition adds a series of "boxes" to expand and update information in the current text and addresses such forefront topics as the historical development of economics and ecology and motivation for incorporating humans into ecosystems.


- Humanity's Current Dilemma
- The Historical Development of Economics and Ecology
- Problems and Principles of Ecological Economics
- Policies, Institutions, and Instruments

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Robert Costanza is professor and chair in public policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. His transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy, and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co-founder of the International Society for Ecological Economics and founding editor in chief of Solutions ( He is author or co-author of over 500 articles and 27 books.

John Cumberland is a professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he served as a professor of economics and the director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. His teaching, research, and publications have been primarily in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics (IEE).

Herman Daly is the author of many works on ecological economics. He is a professor emeritus, at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and a former senior economist with the World Bank. He is cofounder of the ISEE and won the Netherlands Royal Academy Heineken Prize and the Right Livelihood Award in 1996 for pioneering the new discipline of ecological economics.

Robert Goodland was the environmental advisor to the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, between 1978 and 2001. The Library of Congress lists 41 of his publications. He served on the independent Extractive Industry Review of the World Bank Group’s oil, gas, and mining portfolio (2001–2004) and then became a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute. He was elected chair of the Ecological Society of America (Metropolitan) and president of the International Association of Impact Assessment. Robert Goodland passed away unexpectedly in 2013.

Richard B. Norgaard is a professor emeritus of energy and resources at the University of California, Berkeley. He acquired his skepticism for market exuberance while earning his PhD in economics at the University of Chicago. He has professional experience in Alaska, the Brazilian Amazon, California, and to a lesser extent in Africa, China, and Vietnam. He helped bring a coevolutionary framing to our understanding of socioecological system dynamics. He is currently writing on Economism and the Econocene and The Challenges of Collectively Understanding Complex Systems.

Ida Kubiszewski is a senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Prior to this, she was an assistant research professor at Portland State University. She is the co-editor-in-chief of a magazine/journal hybrid called Solutions and of the academic journal Reviews in Ecological Economics. Dr. Kubiszewski is a cofounder and former managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Earth, a peer-reviewed Wikipedia about the environment. She is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen scientific papers in the field.

Carol Franco is a senior research associate at Virginia Tech University. She is an ecological economist experienced in food security, ecosystem services, and policies for economic development and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has participated in negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for four years now as a member of the Dominican Republic delegation. Her current responsibilities include working with government institutions on REDD+ policy frameworks on the ground in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

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