Topic description / abstract:
The talks draws on the book "A History of Ecological Economic Thought" by Marco P. Vianna Franco and Antoine Missemer published by Routledge in 2022. It provides a historical account of the development of a set of ideas referred to as ecological economic thought, i.e., a body of knowledge presenting substantial articulations between ecology and economics. The latter is described by means of analyses of flows and stocks of energy and matter in complex socio-ecological systems, including their implications for processes of social provisioning and cultural development. It entails a biophysical and (co-)evolutionary approach to economic science, as well as philosophical views on the relations between humans and their environment, such as nature as a source of value, moral aspects regarding natural resource distribution, and technological and behavioral transformations.
Marco Vianna Franco is a professor and researcher in applied sciences and public policies at Fundação João Pinheiro (Brazil) and currently fellow at the KLI. He received a PhD in Economics from Cedeplar/UFMG with a dissertation on the history and philosophy of ecological economic thought. He is interested in human-nature relations from the perspectives of political economy, intellectual history, and philosophy of science.