International Society for Ecological Economics

The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) was founded in 1989, based heavily on the work of Herman Daly to promote ecological economics and assist ecological economists and related societies. The society publishes a monthly journal Ecological Economics, books and other materials, and holds periodic meetings and conferences to facilitate a voice for ecological economists.

International Society
for Ecological Economics
Clypeaster or sand dollar,
the symbol of the ISEE
Region served
Official language
Sabine O'Hara  United States
Parent organization
International Social Science Council (ISSC)
WebsiteISEE Official website

The ISEE was initially presided over by Robert Costanza who was also the first editor of the journal. Subsequent presidents have been Richard B. Norgaard, John Proops, Charles Perrings, Joan Martinez Alier, Peter May, John Gowdy, Bina Agarwal,[1] and Marina Fischer-Kowalski, an Austrian sociologist.[2][3] and Sabine O'Hara, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. Clóvis Cavalcanti is the current President  of the ISEE, his term as president commenced in January 2018. The president-elect for 2020 is Joshua Farley, PhD. The journal is currently co-edited by Richard B. Howarth and Stefan Baumgaertner.[4]

In 1996, the Right Livelihood Award was awarded to steady-state theorist Herman Daly "for defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community." He was honored as one of the key figures in the foundation of ISEE, that was considered to be "the major forum that links economists and ecologists, and academics and environmental activists."[5] Dr. Daly was also awarded the 2014 Japanese Blue Planet Award.

The ISEE is divided into regional societies. There are currently ten regional societies:

  • Africa (ASEE)
  • Argentina and Uruguay (ASAUEE)
  • Australia and New Zealand (ANZSEE)
  • Brazil (Eco-Eco),
  • Canada (CANSEE)
  • European Union (ESEE)
  • Mesoamerica (SMEE)
  • India (INSEE)
  • Russia (RSEE)
  • United States (USSEE)

There is also a Chinese Ecological Economics Society which is not affiliated to the ISEE and an Iberoamerican Network, REDIBEC.[6]

ISEE holds biennial conferences in different locations:

  • 11th Biennial ISEE Conference, entitled "Advancing Sustainability in a Time of Crises", 22–25 August 2010, in Oldenburg and Bremen, Germany.[4]
  • ISEE 2012, entitled "Ecological Economics and Rio +20: Contributions and Challenges for a Green Economy", 16-19 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[7]
  • ISEE 2014, entitled "Wellbeing and Equity within Planetary Boundaries", 13-15 August 2014, in Reykjavik, Iceland.[8]
  • ISEE 2016, entitled "Transforming the Economy: Sustaining Food, Water, Energy and Justice", 26-29 June 2016, in Washington DC, USA.[9]
  • ISEE 2018, in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • ISEE 2020, Joint Conference (Degrowth/ISEE) in Manchester, UK.


  1. About The ISEE, accessed February 25, 2015.
  2. President's Letter, accessed February 25, 2015.
  3. CV of Marina Fischer-Kowalski, accessed February 25, 2015.
  4. ISEE Newsletter Spring 2010
  5. Right Livelihood Award: 1996 – Herman Daly Archived 8 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. The International Society for Ecological Economics
  8. ISEE 2014
  9. ISEE 2016
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