Scientific Workshop / Symposium on: Innovation, Philosophy, Scientific Realism and Methodology in Gr (GEI 2011)

Venue: St.Annes College

Location: Oxford, UK, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 18, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 10, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Oct 15, 2011
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Introduction/Call for papers

What is green economics? As a fast moving, visionary and topical field, it is always necessary to continue to ask this fundamental question: something orthodox economics fails to do, which has lead to the distortion of its aims and its disjointedness with the real world. So what are the latest research findings and discussions on this topic?

The world has changed and Green Economics is an economics which is comfortable with long termism – equity, climate issues and biodiversity costs and poverty prevention –and has been waiting to take the mantle. Its time has now arrived.

Green economics views the current downturn as a clash between ecology and economy and argues that commodity instability is a symptom of the exhaustion of natural resources. Markets are correctly reflecting that and are indicating that traditional economic instruments and derivatives are no longer working; and new methods of creating a natural economics of abundance need to be urgently developed.

Green Economics has also been termed ‘the economics of sharing’ so it addresses now forms of distribution, and also ‘the economics of doing’ as it is now a major player in many governments around the world in the race to become green and to use Green Economics and the green economy as the one ray of hope in ending the current economic downturn and setting trends for 21st century economics and provisioning over the century for the needs of all people everywhere, other species, nature the planet and its systems and in fact provisioning for the comfortable survivability of the human and other species.

Time has shown that economics as separate discipline doesn’t work and doesn’t help to solve poverty, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and inequality. Economics has to be concerned as multidisciplinary social science. It’s time for new models, relating human with environment, including environmental degradation while evaluating economic growth. Philosophical approaches to the relation between environment and society suggest several innovative ways in which humans can manage their interactions with the environment.

It’s time to find out where we are now! What can be done? How can it be done? What is the role of philosophy in green economics? In terms of the main failures the world is facing, what is the role of government, society and business in green economics? It’s time for green consumption and green production – time to live in green way, time to bring green economics into action. Certain economic instruments have to be used in order to implement green economics – the economics of doing. What situation do data and indicators show? What is the role of econometrics and how can it be used in discerning the main problems? Econometrics can help in discerning the main relations between economics and environment, and their impact on each other. It can also help to reveal numerous relations which until now have remained unseen; and it could be the key to greening our lives, policies, the key for poverty prevention, biodiversity loss and environment degradation.

However, this view is not shared by all. In fact it can be argued that the patently empiricist basis of econometrics and its proven uselessness as a reality check on economic theory compared to the way that scientific realist approaches provide solid foundations for natural science is at least partially responsible for the persistence of the economic orthodoxy despite its obvious failures. However, the use of scientific realism in the social sciences is complicated by the ontologically subjective nature of the social world. There is therefore an ongoing debate about the appropriateness of scientific realism in the social sciences. What would a scientific realist methodology look like in green economics? Realist biography is one such innovative approach under active development by the core team of the Green Economics Institute.

Reclaiming Economics for all people everywhere, other species, nature, the planet and its systems. Reforming Economics, scientific conference with exciting innovations and developments in economics Contested methodologies in current economics disciplines and laying down the foundations for green economics methodology, data and research.

Conference will end up with workshop during which we will discuss and put milestones on Green Economics models and methodologies. Milestones of GE models and methods as well as efforts to compose them together with presented papers for this Conference will be published as a book – aimed to be a guide for all those interested in green economics, as well to offset the vanguard for green economics development. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in this global wave of change.

Suggested topics for discussion (not exhaustive):
• Scientific realism in green economics
• The importance of shared intentionality in green economics
• The role of econometrics in green economics
• Pluralism and green economics
• Workable examples on:
RIO+20: almost 30 years passed from first RIO meeting in 1972;
Green Development Bank, Stakeholders and green economics;
Austerity packages - more alienation - less public policy and investment in police -healthcare education;
Risk and resilience of the economy local, regional, national, global in the face of climate change and species extinction;
Increasing poverty crop failures- and hostile climates- refugees and diminishing marginal land and increasing famine;
The economy in times of geopolitical instability;
The future of the euro and euro zone;
The role of big sovereign wealth funds;
The future of greek economy;
The future if Spain, Ireland and Portugal downgrade of the US economy and the possible downgrade of France;
The huge debt of the countries in the west;
The rebuilding of Japan;
Staged high profile debate between Keynes and Osborne and green economics theory - and la guarde at the IMF;
Citizens income (Clive Lord);
Planning steps on COP 17 at South Africa, Dec 2011. Planning delegation of The Green Economics Institute.


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