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Getting to the Bottom of Ecological Economics: A Talk with Jon Erickson, Ph.D.

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01/23/2011

What exactly is Ecological Economics? How does it differ from mainstream economics, and what does it aim to accomplish in today's world? Similar to a "crash course", this video was created for the purpose of addressing these questions in a direct and comprehensive manner, as well as to highlight the principles that lie at the root of Jon Erickson's research, teaching, and outreach activities.

In short, Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary approach to economic, social, and environmental problem solving. "Transdisciplinary" implies a problem-orientation that draws from a diverse web of knowledge traditionally categorized into the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. "Ecological Economics," explains Erickson, "draws on each perspective, addressing complex problems and building shared understanding that enable solutions that are sustainable, equitable, and efficient."

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