DEADLINE POSTPONED TO MARCH 31, 2020
The 7th International Degrowth / 16th International Society for Ecological Economics Joint Conference
Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis
Manchester, 1 – 5 September 2020
Human-Earth Relationships through the lenses of
Behavioural Economics, Collective and Individual Decision Making
Topic of the session:
The current ecological, political and social crisis is a direct consequence of the decisions we have made for decades—or even centuries—concerning the environment, both at the individual and at the collective level. Similarly, our success or failure in dealing with this crisis will be determined by how rational, well-informed, ethical and ecologically conscious our present and future decisions will be.
As Behavioural Economics researchers have pointed out, human beings often fail to make rational decisions, and reality regularly does not respect the assumptions made in mainstream Economics, i.e. that the human being is a perfectly informed, rational, selfish and indifferent homo economicus.
This session welcomes presentations addressing one or more of these three main questions:
- What concepts explain why our individual and/or collective decisions are too often not ecologically conscious?
- What mechanisms identified in Behavioural Economics should we leverage on to promote the shift towards more ecologically conscious decisions?
- Does Behavioural Economics itself, as a discipline, need to change in order to better take into account Ecological Economics and the need to shift to alternative, more sustainable livelihoods?
Studies about degrowth challenge the mainstream Economics idea that economic growth is needed, desirable, inescapable.
You are invited to submit one or more 200-250 word abstracts by Sunday 15th March, 23.00 GMT, following the instructions at this link: http://www.confercare.manchester.ac.uk/events/degrowth2020/open-call/