Ecological economics recognises the interconnections and interdependence of the economic, biophysical and social worlds, and focuses on the human economy both as a social system and a system embodied in the bio-physical universe. Reflecting on the identity of ecological economics, the 9th conference of the European Society investigated how ecological economics can broaden the available range of methods and tools for policy support, and increase its relevance for the real-world problems.
In this regard, ESEE 2011 had two main objectives:
More than 350 participants from 41 countries attended the conference and 320 papers and 14 papers in total were presented in 82 sessions during the meetings. The sessions were organised around the following 8 broad themes: Conceptual Foundations, Methods, Indicators, Policy Analysis, Instruments, Socio-economic Transitions, Civil Society and Governance, and Education.