The future of ecological economics

September 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023

Join us for a fascinating discussion with Professor Robert Costanza, about the role that ecological economics can play in shifting us away from the current system of growth capitalism, and putting care for the Earth at the centre of human economic activities.

Since the early 1970s, 'ecological economics' has been an important multi-disciplinary field, challenging growth economics and offering a viable model for economic policy and practice. To date most governments have continued to operate within the framework of neoclassical, 'growth' economics but the field of ecological economics has grown and offers a range of concepts and frameworks that can support nature based economies. Today, ecological economics, steady state economics, 'Doughnut Economics' and wellbeing economies are building a movement of powerful ideas for our future.

As background material, you're invited to read the EcoSummit 2023 Conference Declaration: Building a Sustainable Wellbeing Future


Robert Costanza is  Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) at University College London (UCL). He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont, and a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy in Shanghai, China. He is a Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in the UK, and is an Overseas Expert in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Professor Costanza’s transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. His specialties include:  transdisciplinary integration, systems ecology, ecological economics, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, integrated socio-ecological modeling, ecological design, energy analysis, environmental policy, social traps and addictions, incentive structures, and institutions.

He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics and was founding chief editor of the society’s journal Ecological Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals. He is also founding co-editor in chief of Solutions a unique hybrid academic/popular journal and editor in chief of the Anthropocene Review.


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page:


The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) are co-hosting a week of webinars and discussions about Earth-centred economic ideas and practice.For more information about Earth Economics week, please visit: or


Join us in September, as the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) hosts a fantastic month of webinars, workshops and discussions, exploring how we can reshape human societies towards Earth-centred governance and create a healthy, safe future for all life on this beautiful planet of ours.

AELA's mission is to increase understanding and the practical implementation of Earth-centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, education, Indigenous knowledge systems, decolonisation, ethics and the arts. We hope to see you in September - our guest speakers and discussions are not to be missed!

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