Ecological Economics

The journal is concerned with extending and integrating the understanding of the interfaces and interplay between "nature's household" (ecosystems) and "humanity's household" (the economy). Ecological economics is an interdisciplinary field defined by a set of concrete problems or challenges related to governing economic activity in a way that promotes human well-being, sustainability, and justice. The journal thus emphasizes critical work that draws on and integrates elements of ecological science, economics, and the analysis of values, behaviors, cultural practices, institutional structures, and societal dynamics. The journal is transdisciplinary in spirit and methodologically open, drawing on the insights offered by a variety of intellectual traditions, and appealing to a diverse readership. Specific research areas covered include: valuation of natural resources, sustainable agriculture and development, ecologically integrated technology, integrated ecologic-economic modelling at scales from local to regional to global, implications of thermodynamics for economics and ecology, renewable resource management and conservation, critical assessments of the basic assumptions underlying current economic and ecological paradigms and the implications of alternative assumptions, economic and ecological consequences of genetically engineered organisms, and gene pool inventory and management, alternative principles for valuing natural wealth, integrating natural resources and environmental services into national income and wealth accounts, methods of implementing efficient environmental policies, case studies of economic-ecologic conflict or harmony, etc. New issues in this area are rapidly emerging and will find a ready forum in Ecological Economics.

Published by Elsevier.


Title Type Author(s) Year
Digital transformation and localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Elsevier Enhanced Reader Journal Article ElMassah and Mohieldin 2019
Integrating Material Stock Dynamics Into Economy-Wide Material Flow Accounting: Concepts, Modelling, and Global Application for 1900–2050 Journal Article Wiedenhofer et al. 2019
Metabolic relationships between cities and hinterland: a political-industrial ecology of energy metabolism of Saint-Nazaire metropolitan and port area (France) Journal Article Bahers et al. 2019
In Search of Substantive Economics: Comparing Today's Two Major Socio-metabolic Approaches to the Economy – MEFA and MuSIASEM Journal Article Gerber and Scheidel 2018
The Distribution of Material Footprints in Germany Journal Article Pothen and Tovar Reaños 2018
Caloric unequal exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean Journal Article Falconi et al. 2017
A review and comparative assessment of existing approaches to calculate material footprints Journal Article Lutter et al. 2016
Consumption-based material flow indicators — Comparing six ways of calculating the Austrian raw material consumption providing six results Journal Article Eisenmenger et al. 2016
Energy metabolism of the Balearic Islands (1986–2012) Journal Article Ginard-Bosch and Ramos-Martín 2016
The sharing economy: A pathway to sustainability or a nightmarish form of neoliberal capitalism? Journal Article Chris J. Martin 2016
Work-sharing for a sustainable economy Journal Article Zwickl et al. 2016
Competition for land: a sociometabolic perspective Journal Article Helmut Haberl 2015
Social metabolism: a metrics for biophysical growth and degrowth Journal Article Fischer-Kowalski and Haberl 2015
The ICT/electronics question: Structural change and the rebound effect Journal Article Ray Galvin 2015
The socio-economic drivers of material stock accumulation in Japan's prefectures Journal Article Fishman et al. 2015
Trends in Japanese households' critical-metals material footprints Journal Article Shigetomi et al. 2015
Cropland area embodied in international trade: contradictory results from different approaches Journal Article Kastner et al. 2014
Patterns of change in material use and material efficiency in the successor states of the former Soviet Union Journal Article Schandl et al. 2014
Material use and material efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean Journal Article West and Schandl 2013
Material use and material efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean Journal Article Schandl and West 2013
Comparison of energy flow accounting, energy flow metabolism ratio analysis and ecological footprinting as tools for measuring urban sustainability: A case-study of an Irish city-region Journal Article Browne et al. 2012
Global effects of national biomass production and consumption: Austria's embodied HANPP related to agricultural products in the year 2000 Journal Article Haberl et al. 2012
India's biophysical economy, 1961–2008. Sustainability in a national and global context Journal Article Singh et al. 2012
The physical dimension of international trade, part 2: Indirect global resource flows between 1962 and 2005 Journal Article Dittrich et al. 2012
Analyses of water footprint of Beijing in an interregional input-output framework Journal Article Zhang et al. 2011
IT for green and green IT: A proposed typology of eco-innovation Journal Article and 2011
Global patterns of materials use: A socioeconomic and geophysical analysis Journal Article Steinberger et al. 2010
Quantifying U.S. aluminum in-use stocks and their relationship with economic output Journal Article McMillan et al. 2010
The physical dimension of international trade: Part 1: Direct global flows between 1962 and 2005 Journal Article Dittrich and Bringezu 2010
Hybrid input-output analysis of wastewater treatment and environmental impacts: A case study for the Tokyo Metropolis Journal Article Chen Lin 2009
Linking material and energy flow analyses and social theory Journal Article Frank Schiller 2009
Towards a global multi-regional environmentally extended input-output database Journal Article Tukker et al. 2009
Analysis of water demand and water pollutant discharge using a regional input-output table: An application to the City of Chongqing, upstream of the Three Gorges Dam in China Journal Article Okadera et al. 2006
Analysis of water demand and water pollutant discharge using a regional input–output table: An application to the City of Chongqing, upstream of the Three Gorges Dam in China Journal Article Okadera et al. 2006
Constructing physical input–output tables for environmental modeling and accounting: Framework and illustrations Journal Article Hoekstra and van den Bergh 2006
Contrasting water footprints of cities in China and the United States Journal Article Jenerette et al. 2006
Physical and monetary input–output analysis: What makes the difference? Journal Article Weisz and Duchin 2006
Stock dynamics for forecasting material flows—Case study for housing in The Netherlands Journal Article Daniel B. Müller 2006
Ecological Footprints and interdependencies of New Zealand regions Journal Article McDonald and Patterson 2004
Transition towards improved regional wood flows by integrating material flux analysis and agent analysis: the case of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland Journal Article Binder et al. 2004
Using exergy to analyze the sustainability of an urban area Journal Article Balocco et al. 2004
Industry, environment and health through 200 years in Manchester Journal Article Douglas et al. 2002
Predicting future emissions based on characteristics of stocks Journal Article van der Voet et al. 2002
Ecosystem appropriation by Hong Kong and its implications for sustainable development Journal Article Warren-Rhodes and Koenig 2001
Technological progress and sustainable development: what about the rebound effect? Journal Article Mathias Binswanger 2001
Dynamic substance flow analysis: the delaying mechanism of stocks, with the case of PVC in Sweden Journal Article Kleijn et al. 2000
The social shaping of household consumption Journal Article Susse Georg 1999
New methodology for the ecological footprint with an application to the New Zealand economy Journal Article Bicknell et al. 1998