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Back to the roots of Ecological Economics

This course will cover both theoretical and applied topics.

The participants will be introduced to the thought of scholars who are considered to be the forefathers of ecological economics and the degrowth movement. Georgescu Roegen and his epistemology, based on process philosophy, will be at centre stage. Nonetheless, the presentation of other important authors will highlight the rich diversity of the whole theoretical picture.

This will serve as the basis to critically discuss some of the major challenges of a fair transition towards sustainability in the new post-COVID epoch.
Activities will be held intensively throughout the day, combining lectures, discussions, and group work. Some special sessions will give participants the opportunity of interacting with the students attending the “Sustainable transitions in employment, economic welfare, and the environment” and the “POE” summer schools.


The Course aims to provide participants with the founding epistemological and analytical tools in Ecological Economics. This will help with both, understanding the current sustainability challenges and the recent evolutions in the postgrowth/degrowth ideas.

Who can apply

The course is thought for the student participants to the ESEE 2022 conference.
This, however, do not exlude admission of non participants. Indeed it is open to students at advanced stages of their university career and young researchers in the field of Ecological Economics and Sustainability Studies.
Curricula in natural sciences and science and technology studies may be eligible as well.



Program Intensity



Admission Requirements

Background in the fields of Ecological Economics, Sustainability, Natural Sciences, and Science and Technology studies.
A statement of purposes from the applicant will be integral to the evaluation for admission.
Evidence of B2 (or higher) level of English is highly recommended.

Required Documents

  • Identity Document (*PASSPORT in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purposes
  • Certification of B2 (or higher) level of English (not compulsory, but highly recommended)

All the documents must be in pdf format, in order to upload them on the portal when required (See the "How to apply" page)


250 euro

Pay fees by Debit/Credit Card or PayPal online using the following form filling it with all the required data:

PagoPA - Payment Form 


  • International students without Italian Tax Code: please tick the box 'Anonymous' in order to disable the field 'Italian personal ID/VAT number'.
  • Please type your NAME and SURNAME next to the pre-filled text of the field 'Reason'
  • Please pay only after receiving the admission letter


There will be at least 10 grants of 50 euro each.

Please write to the coordinator for further details.


11 - 14 June 2022


31 March 2022


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