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Ecological economics addresses one of the fundamental flaws in conventional economics--its failure to consider biophysical and social reality in its analyses and equations. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications is an introductory-level textbook that offers a pedagogically complete examination of this dynamic new field.
As a workbook accompanying the text, this volume breaks new ground in applying the principles of ecological economics in a problem- or service-based learning setting. Both the textbook and this workbook are situated within a new interdisciplinary framework that embraces the linkages among economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity in an effort to guide policy in a way that respects fundamental human values. The workbook takes the approach a step further in placing ecological economic analysis within a systems perspective, in order to help students identify leverage points by which they can help to affect change. The workbook helps students to develop a practical, operational understanding of the principles and concepts explored in the text through real-world activities, and describes numerous case studies in which students have successfully completed projects.
Ecological Economics: A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning represents an important new resource for undergraduate and graduate environmental studies courses focusing on economics, environmental policy, and environmental problem-solving.
Introduction: What Does and Ecological Economist Do?
PART I. The Problem Base
Chapter 1. Choosing a Problem
Chapter 2. Defining the Problem
Chapter 3. Structuring the Problem
PART II. Analysis
Chapter 4. Breaking Down the Problem
Chapter 5. Evaluating the Objectives
PART III. Synthesis
Chapter 6. Bringing It All Together
Chapter 7. Synthesis Framework
PART IV. Communication and Next Steps
Chapter 8. Communication
Chapter 9. Changing the World
About the Authors
List of Contributors