ECONOMICS FOR THE ECOZOIC: An online student symposium

ECONOMICS FOR THE ECOZOIC: An online student symposium

Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

1:00 – 5:00 pm EST

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Ecological economics is part of an on-going effort to reconcile economic theory and policy with accepted knowledge from other disciplines. This semester’s graduate course in ecological economics – led by the Gund Institute as part of the Economics for the Anthropocene partnership – has addressed the major points of contention between neoclassical welfare economics and ecological economics. As an outcome of this course, students have organized an online research symposium to highlight pathways towards the Ecozoic, a new era of mutually beneficial relationship between each other and with all life on Earth. The symposium is organized as a series of 10-minute talks followed by Q&A. Anyone is welcome to join via Zoom at any time throughout the afternoon. Sessions, presentations, and speakers are as follows:



(De)Growth: Past & Futures

1:00 pm – “Financial History for the Ecozoic,” Charles Guay-Boutet, McGill University

1:15 pm – “Prospects for Peaceful Degrowth,” Nina Smolyar, University of Vermont

1:30 pm – Invited Presentation: “Degrowth as a Radical Alternative to Neoliberalism,” Barbara Muraca, Oregon State University



Forming New Relationships between Humans and Earth

2:00 pm – “Efficient Agriculture: Nature as a Model,” Malcolm Gore, University of Vermont

2:15 pm – “Human-Biodiversity Relationships in Cuban Agriculture,” Eva Kinnebrew, University of Vermont

2:30 pm – “Mining, Metals, and Minerals in the Ecozoic,” Ben Collins, McGill University

2:45 pm – Invited Presentation: “Fostering Climate Stewardship Among Farmers,” Meredith Niles, University of Vermont



Nothing is that Simple: 
Adding Dimensions to Equity and Sustainability Tools

3:00 pm – “Progress Indicators and Systems Thinking: Ne’er the Twain Shall Meet?,” Jeannine Valcour, University of Vermont

3:15 pm – “The Space Between the Two Kuznets Curves: a Multi-Dimensional Assessment,” Tarek Jallab, University of Vermont

3:30 pm – Invited Presentation: “A Research Agenda for Ecological Economics,” Joshua Farley, University of Vermont



Shifting Perspectives from the Individual to the System

4:00 pm – “Motivated Reasoning:
 Science, Skepticism, and Social Safety,” John Adams, McGill University

4:15 pm – “Tools for Integrating an Ecological Worldview into Policy on a Community Scale,” Emma Spett, University of Vermont

4:30 pm – Invited Presentation: “Pick Your Trailhead: Pathways to the Peak of the Steady State Economy,” Brian Czech, Center for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy


We look forward to seeing you virtually (or in person at the Gund Institute) on May 2nd.

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    • Hi, yes this conference will be recorded. We will try to edit and upload in a timely manner. Thanks for the interest!

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