UE Enhancing economic sustainability : theories, concept and tools

Degrees incorporating this pedagocial element :


Sustainable Development is a global concept. It is embedded in the dominant economic system. But what are the characteristics of this dominant economic system: The theoretical part of the course aims at studying these characteristics and how they are the results of several unquestioned myths, producing a dominant paradigm. Development, and of course sustainable development should then rest on other principles than the dominant ones. The course introduces what might be these alternative principles, based on a richer vision of humanity than the one of the homo oeconomicus. Applying these principles, it is then possible to analyse alternative initiatives, organisational innovations, in Western Countries as well as in the Global South. The practical part of the seminar will then spot innovative strategies and their possibilities of being reproduced, not only in terms of "good practises".


Solid background in social sciences


Buclet, N. & Lazarevic, D. (2014) "Principles for sustainability: the need to shift to a sustainable conventional regime", Environment, Development and Sustainability, 16 (2)).
Nicolas Buclet, Small streams make big rivers: How local initiatives are helping a new conventional regime emerge, ESEE 2013: Ecological Economics and Institutional Dynamics, Tenth biennal conference of the Ecological Economics European Society. 18-21 juin 2013.
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