Published on Feb 10, 2011

New Earth System Governance Affiliated Project: A Normative Foundation for Ecological Economics and the Tools for its Assessment. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal and York University in Toronto are undertaking a three-year research project (2009-2012) that aims to develop a normative foundation for ecological economics within the constraints of the Earth’s biophysical systems. A major goal of this project is to trace the consequences of this work for governance.

The project team is re-examining the conceptual underpinnings of the economic order present in most societies to assess its role in the current ecological crisis and to identify foundations for, and elements of, a more prosperous prospect for life’s future.

The project team is centrally involved in the planning of a conference on economic degrowth in Montreal in May 2012 to follow up on the Second Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Barcelona in March 2010.  The results of the research project will be presented at the conference, in anticipation of the publication of book later in 2012

The projected is funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.