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Despite the overwhelming evidence of an ecological crisis, and a long-standing environmental economics critique of mainstream economic thought, the discipline remains much the same. As mainstream economic impacts on policy, this will have implications for environmental policy. Tom Green has looked into the different explanations found to why economics seem to be so resilient, and how this resilience can be broken.
About Tom Green
Tom Green, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His training is in ecological economics. His research is focused on how natural capital and ecosystem services are represented in economic theory and incorporated into economic analysis, what factors result in (undesirable) resilience in mainstream economic theory, and how university-level economics education addresses sustainability and the environment-economy nexus.
The interview was conducted during the Resilience 2014 conference in Montpellier, France, where Stockholm Resilience Centre was co-organizer.