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Online course: Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice

EJOLT is running an online course “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”, taught through civil society organisation (CSO) case studies across a broad range of topics with a particular focus on the theme of environmental justice. It will run from mid/late January to mid/late May (tbc).

This interactive online course takes place over sixteen weeks. It has been designed for activists interested in understanding and applying the tools of ecological economics and political ecology to their work, and for researchers of the sustainability sciences interested in the real world application of the concepts and methods of ecological economics and political ecology in the field of environmental justice.

A fee to cover running costs will be charged. This will amount to approximately 160€, The core text that will be used is Ecological Economics from the Ground Up, due to be published in December by Routledge, and also available from Amazon or Book Depository in different formats: paperback, hardcover, and as an e-book.


Each module is tutored by a leading researcher or practitioner of ecological economics. It consists of a recorded lecture, an assigned case study reading, and additional reading materials. A key feature is the online discussion forum – a virtual classroom where trainees interact with each other and their tutors. Each module ends with the trainee’s submission of a short assignment assessed by the module tutor. The course also introduces trainees to the use and development of an interactive map of environmental (in)justices and [][related materials]], on a particular issue they are especially familiar with.

At the end of the course there is a final ‘examination’ and a course evaluation form to be submitted. Students who successfully pass the required tasks receive an electronic certificate.

All course elements can be accessed whenever it is convenient for the trainees – within the time period (one week) dedicated for the specific modules. Modules change every week. However, as the lectures cannot be downloaded and have to be watched online, a strong, reliable internet connection is a must.

Module Topics for 2013 (also tbc)

All trainees take part in the introduction module (1) and the final (exam) module (16), and select 8 other modules (once accepted on the course) from Modules 2-15, described below:

(for more information on some of the modules, you can read some of the case studies here:

1. Introduction (compulsory): Ecological Economics, Political Ecology and Environmental Justice Organisations

Choose any 8 from Modules 2-15

Social Metabolism

2. Aid, Social Metabolism and Social Conflict in the Nicobar Islands

3. Distributive Conflicts on Commodity Frontiers – Manta-Manaus and Cordillera del Condor

4. The TAV (High Speed Train) in Italy

5. Let Them Eat Sugar: Life and Livelihood in Kenya’s Tana Delta


Participation and Institutions

6. Governance and Environment Investments in Hiware Bazar, India

7. Industrial Tree Plantations in The Global South: Conflicts, Trends and Resistance Struggles

8. [][Forestry and Communities in Cameroon]]

9. The Waste Crisis in Campania

10. EJOs and Legal Avenues for Claiming Environmental Liability

Valuation and other policy tools

11. Local Communities and Management of Protected Areas in Serbia

12. PES in India

13. Environmental Justice and Ecological Debt in Belgium: The UMICORE case

14. ”Rip-off(sets): The False Solutions of Green Capitalism” – A Critique of Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation Measures

15. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – Recent Debates


16. Course evaluation (compulsory)

Requirements: Regular access to a reliable high speed internet connection is a must for taking part. Also payment of course fee.

Deadline for Application: December 15th , 2012


How to Apply: Send a one-page letter of intent, outlining your relevant experience and interests, and why you wish to take the course, and email it to hhealyatceecec(at)gmail(dot)com