Thursday 18 March 2010, 10:30 - 19:00

Mastering Financial Crisis, Peak Oil and Poverty

Towards the Integration of Ecological, Institutional and Evolutionary Economics

This event is the second part of the symposium, Mastering Financial Crisis, Peak Oil and Poverty. The first part took place on 9 December 2009.

The video presentations of Part I can be founded here

The following three heterodox orientations in economics can be regarded as today’s most important ones: ecological economics (as distinguished from neoclassical environmental economics); critical institutional economics (in the tradition of Veblen and distinguished from neo-institutional economics); and evolutionary economics (as distinguished from growth theory). Until now, these orientations have largely evolved quite independently, by further differentiating and by positioning themselves in respect to the inheritance of neoclassical economics. Despite the achievements accomplished, the biggest potential now lies in the yet weak integration of these paradigms, particularly between ecological and institutional-evolutionary economics.

In order to discuss the modalities of such an integration, Dr. Rolf Steppacher has coordinated this two-part symposium on the integration of the main currents of heterodox economics, with a special emphasis on today's global crises: financial, peak-oil and poverty.


Introduction by Rolf Steppacher
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Clive Spash
The Integration of Social, Ecological and Economic Knowledge: Meeting the Challenge
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Joan Martinez-Alier
Linking Ecological Economics and Political Ecology through Social Metabolism, Ecological Distribution Conflicts, and Languages of Valuation
video | audio

Geoffrey Hodgson
Using Darwinism to Unite Ecological and Evolutionary Economics

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  • Clive L. Spash, Professor, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Professor Spash writes, researches and teaches on economic and environmental interactions. He focuses on interdisciplinary research of human behaviour and environmental values. Other subject areas on which he has worked include: ecological economics, environmental and resource economics, applied ethics, social psychology, atmospheric science and plant science

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  • Joan Martinez-Alier, Professor, Economics and Economic History, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 

Since 1975, he has been a Professor in the Department of Economics and Economic History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. Over the last quarter of a century, he has become recognised as Europe's foremost student and spokesman of the new field of "ecological economics". In 1987 he joined international colleagues from around the world and became a founding member of the International Society for Ecological Economics.

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  • Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Research Professor in Business Studies, University of Hertfordshire

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Institutional Economics, published by Cambridge University Press.
Author of over 13 books, over 110 articles in academic journals, and over 70 articles in academic books.
Principal fields of academic interest: institutional economics, evolutionary economics, the methodology of economics, the history of economic thought, the nature of the firm, social theory.

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  • Rolf Steppacher, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

He was for six years K. William Kapp's assistant at the University of Basel and then for almost 30 years lecturer in ecological/institutional economics (in the Veblenian tradition) at the IUED in Geneva. He also taught economic anthropology at the University of Zurich. He spent two years in India and Bali studying agrarian development issues.

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