Joan Martinez Alier
Economist and 2020 Balzan Prize winner for Environmental Challenges: Responses from the Social Sciences and Humanities, Joan Martínez Alier, speaks on the importance of ecological economic and its timeliness around the 2007/2008 global financial crisis. He speaks on the importance of building the field of ecological economics “from the ground up” through praxis and as a social movement. He draws attention to the "real real economy of energy and materials" which is sidelined in economics by discussions of growth, debt and GDP. In 1987 he co-founded the International Society for Ecological Economics.
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This video is constitutes a great description of the scope of ecological economics. In a few minutes, Martínez Alier is able to gracefully lay down the foundations of this perspective and draw connections to grass-roots activism, degrowth, the real economy and financial instability, among others. Interesting are also his thoughts on the state of education in economics, pointing out that ecological economics finds more support among natural sciences students than economics students themselves.