9-15 August 2020

Resilient Green Economy at the Time of Emergency: New Sustainable Business Models, Circular Economy, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Ecosystems and Governance in the Age of Complexity

Oxford Summer School in Ecological Economics 2020
St Hugh's College, Oxford

The challenge is upon us. The global economy is experiencing severe stress of coronavirus epidemic. At the same time, the restrictions and lock down measures resulted in significant reductions of air emissions and the Planet could see the first year when the CO2 emissions decline. Can we use this crisis and turn it into an opportunity? An opportunity to reinforce and rebuild resilience and foster green economy, reduce emissions and waste and restore ecosystems?
Ecological economics is a powerful interdisciplinary field. Inspired by nature, systems thinking and the new science of complexity, ecological economists build interdisciplinary teams to address some of the most pressing problems of our time: climate change, biodiversity loss and the waste crisis.
It is absolutely clear that a transition towards a more sustainable future will require engagement from all stakeholders: government, business and citizens and civil society.

During this course, part of the Environment Europe executive education programme, we will explore the theoretical foundations of the ecological economics, the principles of resilience, non-linearity, the methodological tools of ecological economics and will focus on the practical aspects of the transition: new sustainable business models, sustainable investment, corporate social responsibility, environmental policy, smart and sustainable cities, ecosystems restoration, industrial ecology and circular economy. The methods of environmentally extended input-output analysis, multi-criteria decision aid tools and empirically-driven econometric tools for evidence-based environmental policy analysis will be discussed as key methodological tools of ecological-economic analysis. Acting as a bridge to the policy module, the final theoretical session will criticise existing approaches to measure macro sustainability performance and will introduce new conceptual tools for the assessment of progress. A particular attention will be paid to business models and especially transforming business models to incorporate ecosystems, climate and circularity issues. The impacts of the economy on the ecosystems and alternative ecosystem services assessment and valuation techniques will be discussed in the context of building resilience across all sectors.

The course is designed for multiple points of entry and could be helpful for PhD students, government experts, representatives of international organisations and business. The course will give participants an opportunity to explore key methodologies for ecological-economic analysis and to apply these to various case studies.
The applied module will be taught by active professionals and experts, who advise international organisations, national and city governments around the world and have experience working with EU institutions and the United Nations. The School will draw on the EU, UK and international experience of environmental policy and will focus in its applied part on green fiscal reform, climate change, renewable energy, multidimensional poverty measurement, sustainable cities and values. The scope of sustainability issues addressed during the School, covering not only economic and environmental, but also social sustainability, will make this School truly unique.


The course will take place at a beautiful and atmospheric St Hugh's College, featuring one of the largest gardens in Oxford. The unique environment will stimulate our dialogue and create wonderful memories for the years to come. The participants will forge lasting friendships and become part of an alumni network of professionals from 59 different countries.

"Seven years ago I was part of this wonderful experience. If you think it's time to boost your career then consider this course." Vincent Awotwe-Pratt

The Oxford, Spring, Summer and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics organised by Environment Europe attracted participants from 59 countries, including Canada, USA, Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Iceland, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Latvia, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, including UNDP, UNEP, IUCN, OECD, WWF, GGGI experts as well as representatives of ministries, companies, NGOs and leading universities. You are invited to explore the happy faces of our alumni on our Alumni page: https://environmenteurope.eu/alumni The alumni will be able to join exclusive Environment Europe LinkedIn and Facebook Alumni groups and collaborate on joint research proposals and projects applying ecological-economic methods for sustainability transition.
Course Objectives
The Oxford Summer School will focus on green economy transformation at the time of emergency from the macroeconomic, regional and business point of view. Paying particular attention to the role of resilience in the green economy, the school will offer a comprehensive critique of existing approaches and give a detailed consideration of alternative options. A special focus on sustainable business models will allow to reconsider existing approaches in the light of climate, ecosystem and waste challenges. The participants will build a strong understanding of alternative ecological-economic tools available.
Course Outline
Theoretical and Policy Module

1. Introduction to Ecological Economics (Dr Stanislav Shmelev)

2. Ecological Economics: the Path towards an Innovative Synthesis in the Science of Economy-Environment Interactions (Dr Joachim H. Spangenberg, SERI Germany - confirmed)

3. Systems Thinking and Non-Linearity: Building Resilience (Prof. Fritjof Capra, to be confirmed)

4. Ecological Conflicts around the World through the Prism of Ecological Economics (Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, to be confirmed)

5. Ecological Economics: Institutions and Governance (Prof. Arild Vatn, Norwegian University of Life Sciences) - confirmed)

6. Valuing Nature for Business Resilience: A Way Forward? (Dr Joachim H. Spangenberg, SERI Germany - confirmed)

7. New Sustainable Business Models (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK - confirmed)

8. Renewable Energy Transitions: the Path to Success (Prof. Dave Elliott, The Open University - confirmed)

9. The Living Planet Report: State of the Art and the Challenges Ahead (Dr Marco Lambertini - Director General of WWF International - to be confirmed)

10. Multi-Criteria Decision Aid for Sustainable Development: ELECTRE, NAIADE, APIS (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK- confirmed)

Case Studies

11. The Story of REDD (Ambassador Kevin Conrad, Coalition for Rainforest Nations, USA - to be confirmed).

12. Assessing Progress Towards Sustainability with a Multidimensional Approach: USA, Brazil, China, Russia, UK, Germany, France (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK - confirmed)

13. Multi-Criteria Assessment of Megacities: London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Singapore (Dr Stanislav Shmelev, Environment Europe, UK- confirmed)

14. Cities and Ecosystems Services: A Pathway towards a Regenerative City (Prof. Herbert Girardet, The Club of Rome & World Future Council- to be confirmed)

15. People, Values and Sustainable Development (Prof. Irina Shmeleva, Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies- confirmed)

16. Green Transformation Policies in London and other global cities (Dr Peter Massini, Greater London Authority - confirmed).

17. Simulation Game

Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation will be based on:
■ Preparation for the executive school through reading the relevant literature, attitude, enthusiasm and effort as a good group member;
■ Presentation of the project to the peer group;
■ Development of new ideas and project proposals that can be submitted collaboratively.
Application Deadline

Application Deadline: 1 May 2020.
Application fee: £25
(via PayPal - please insert the PayPal Transaction ID in the relevant field).

Deadline for early registrations: 1 June 2020
Registration fees

- Academic (proof is required): £1975
- National and city governments, NGOs and senior OECD academics: £2475
- Business and International Organisations: £2975
- (Accommodation at St Hugh's college is included, lunches and coffee will be provided)

Deadline for late registrations: 01 July 2020
Registration fees

Academic (proof is required): £2275
National and city governments, NGOs and senior OECD academics: £2775
Business and International Organisations: £3275

Accommodation is included, lunches and coffee will be provided. Please note that the full programme cost is £3275 and all discounts are awarded in the form of scholarships based on the individual merits of your application.

There will be special scholarships available for PhD students and young scholars from developing countries. To qualify the applicant will be required to submit a 300 word essay outlining his/her motivation to take part in the programme, how his/her participation will assist in advancing sustainability in the region and globally and how will the applicant promote the programme after graduation. This scholarship will entitle PhD students and young scholars to be eligible for the Early Academic Fee of £1975. We highly recommend to start your fundraising process early, contact British Council and British Embassy in your country, your government, city mayor and companies that might support your participation, UNDP and foundations, grant-making bodies and potential sponsors as early as possible. If we face a situation that due to the coronavirus epidemic, the course could not be run in August, we will proceed with an online course. The situation will be closely monitored.

We will welcome business sponsors who would be willing to sponsor a participant from a developing country. Please contact director@environmenteurope.org to discuss packages available.

Environment Europe alumni will be eligible for a £100 discount.
You are most welcome to apply.
Please note that registration fees cannot be refunded.

58 countries reached through executive education programme

Executive training
business fee

average number of course participants offering multiple opportunities for interaction and high quality learning experience

6 days average
course duration
The best representatives of the industry will share their experience and projects
Dr Joachim H.Spangenberg
SERI Germany
Prof. Joan Martinez-Alier
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Arild Vatn
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Prof. Erik Gomez-Baggethun
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Prof. Dave Elliott
The Open University
Dr Marco Lambertini
Director General of WWF International
Dr Stanislav Shmelev
Environment Europe, UK
Prof. Victoria Hurth
Plymouth University
Kevin Conrad
Ambassador of Coalition for Rainforest Nations, USA
Dr Stanislava Boskovic
Imperial College London, UK
Prof. Herbert Girardet
The club of Rome & World Future Council
Prof. Irina Shmeleva
Institute of Sustainable Development Strategies
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