WEBINAR: Sustainability in Economics. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

How to get beyond a neoclassical theory of economic growth? Economist Marie Storli, leader of Rethinking Economics Norway will speak about ways of rethinking and democratizing standard economic theories on which climate-economy models are based.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Table Mountain, Cape Town skyline

The neoclassical theory of economic growth is usually built upon a weak understanding of sustainability, with a high degree of substitutability between natural capital and human made capital. The result is that - at least on paper -  the world can go on without the use of natural resources. There exists other theoretical perspectives in economics that take society’s reliance upon nature as a starting point. However, the mainstream economics education is currently failing to provide students, and ultimately policy-makers, with a sound understanding of what ecological sustainability entails. In this Lunchtime Discussion, Marie Storli will speak about her journey as an environmental activist and economics student, and about her work in Rethinking Economics Norway and how they hope to reform the economics education and democratize the economics discourse. 
Marie Storli is the leader of Rethinking Economics in Norway. She is an economist with a masters degree from the University of Oslo, where she graduated at the end of last year. Marie started campaigning for sustainability at an early age, and it was environmental activism that led her to the study of economics. She wrote her thesis about the lack of sustainability in the standard neoclassical growth model, on which the standard climate-economy models are built.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Economics, Sustainability
Published Feb. 5, 2020 4:24 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 10:42 AM