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International Society
for Ecological Economics
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Clypeaster or sand dollar,
the symbol of the ISEE
Region served
Official language
Joshua Farley  United States
Parent organization
International Social Science Council (ISSC)
WebsiteISEE Official website

The International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) was founded in 1989, based heavily on the work of Herman Daly to promote ecological economics and assist ecological economists and related societies.[1]

In 1996, the Right Livelihood Award was awarded to steady-state theorist Herman Daly “for defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community.” He was honored as one of the key figures in the foundation of ISEE, which is considered to be “a transdisciplinary partnership of scholars and professionals from a broad range of backgrounds.” Through education, research, policy and social action, it fosters transformation towards an equitable and ecologically sustainable society with respect for human rights, biological and cultural diversity. At the heart of this, it recognizes that the human economy is part of a finite biosphere and should be subjected to ecological limits. Dr. Daly was also awarded the 2014 Japanese Blue Planet Award.[2]


The ISEE was initially presided over by Robert Costanza who was also the first editor of the journal. Subsequent presidents have been Richard B. Norgaard, John Proops, Charles Perrings, Joan Martinez Alier, Peter May, John Gowdy, Bina Agarwal, and Marina Fischer-Kowalski, an Austrian sociologist, and Sabine O'Hara, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. and Clóvis Cavalcanti. Its current President is Joshua Farley, PhD. The presidente-elect for 2020-2021 is Roldan Muradian.


The society publishes a monthly journal Ecological Economics,[3] books and other materials, and holds periodic meetings and conferences to facilitate a voice for ecological economists. The journal is currently co-edited by Richard B. Howarth and Stefan Baumgaertner.




  1. ^ "Herman Daly – Nobel Prize for Sustainable Development". Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ Staff, A. A. G. (13 August 2014). "Herman Daly Receives 2014 Blue Planet Prize". AAG Newsletter. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  3. ^ Ecological Economics.