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MINE - Mapping the interplay between Nature and Economy

Level: beginner
Prof. Malte Faber et al. | MINE, 2019
MINE - Mapping the interplay between Nature and Economy
Perspective: Ecological Economics
Topic: history of economic thought, mainstream critique, philosophy of science, resources, environment & climate, teaching material
Format: website
Link: http://nature-economy.de

The MINE website explores the interplay between nature and economy. Focusing on such fundamental concepts as time, thermodynamics, evolution, homo politicus and justice, a new outline of economic activity emerges within nature. The dominant approach of Mainstream Economics, which considers nature as a subsystem of the economy, is thus replaced by a broader and more integrated framework. The visual map and its links between concepts provides an orientation. The visitor can approach the content from their own starting point and follow their own path to discovery. Each concept starts with the historical background and moves on through theory and practice.

The research behind MINE began in the 1970s at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in an interdisciplinary group spearheaded by Professor Malte Faber, including scientists from economics to mathematics, physics and philosophy. The research has contributed to the field of Ecological Economics.

MINE is directed at students, scientists and decion-makers.


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This website contains the heartblood of a team of critical economists around Prof. Malte Faber whom I got to know personally throughout my studies at the University of Heidelberg. In a multidisciplinary and multigenerational team of scientists and web designers they destillate their economic-philosophical knowledge at the intersection between nature and the economy for any user from perspectives of the history of thought to policy advice.


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Das Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V. wird aufgrund seiner Unabhängigkeit und des Einsatzes für Pluralismus und Vielfalt nicht von finanzstarken Interessensgruppen getragen. Deshalb freuen wir uns sehr über eine einmalige oder dauerhafte Spende.