Ecological Economics

ldvld1300  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Ecological Economics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Marechal Kevin;
The objective of this course is to introduce the multidisciplinary field of Ecological Economics and to analyze a series of related concepts, methods and analytical principles. This field emerged from the will to initiate a dialogue across all the disciplines concerned by the intertwining of economic and ecological issues, including their social implications. The core principles of Ecological Economics can be related to the concept of sustainable development in its two-fold requirement of inter and intra-generational equity; a view of the economy as a sub-system of a broader ecosystem that imposes physical limits to its development; a methodological approach that builds on indicators expressed in physical terms (matter, energy, etc.) and on complex system analysis.
Teaching methods
Lectures based on presentation and participative conferences
Evaluation methods
Lectures based on presentation and participative conferences
Bibliographie indicative :
Costanza R. (dir.), 1991, Ecological Economics. The Science and Management of Sustainability, New York, Columbia University Press.
Costanza, R., Norgaard, R., Daly, H., Goodland, R., & Cumberland, J. (2007). An Introduction to Ecological Economics (e-book). Accessible at
Froger, G. et al., (2016). Qu'est-ce que l'économie écologique ?, L'Économie
politique 2016/1 (N° 69), p. 8-23.
Røpke, I., 2004. The early history of modern ecological economics. Ecological Economics 50, 293'314.
Røpke, I., 2005. Trends in the development of ecological economics from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Ecological Economics 55, 262'290.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Sustainable Development

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics