Successful Completion of three integrated events organized by “Ecological Economics in Tuscany” in cooperation with Virgina Tech (US), University of Florence, University of Pisa

The three engaging events brought together scholars and students from around the world both to lay the foundations for the field of Behavioural Ecological Economics, and to introduce students to Ecological Economics through a summer school and a a field experience in the Apuan Alps.

Workshop on Behavioural Ecological Economics

The Workshop on Behavioural Ecological Economics, held on July 10th and 11th, 2023, at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, represented a pioneering endeavor in merging the fields of behavioural and experimental economics with ecological economics. Participants had the opportunity to delve into the trans-disciplinary approach of ecological economics, studying economic processes embedded within broader social and ecological systems.

The workshop facilitated the formation of new collaborations, further advancing research in this emerging field.

Summer School: Leveraging Ecological Economics to Advance the Sustainability Transition

The Summer School on Leveraging Ecological Economics to Advance the Sustainability Transition, which took place from July 11th to 15th, 2023, at the University of Pisa, gathered Masters, Ph.D. students, and post-docs from diverse backgrounds. The program covered essential topics, including Georgescu-Roegen KW Kapp and basics in Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development, Complexity and System Thinking, Ecological Macroeconomics, The Inequality/Environmental Challenge, and more.

Renowned experts delivered insightful lectures and engaged participants in dynamic discussions. Notable speakers from the Università di Pisa included Elisa Giuliani, University Vice Rector for Sustainability and the 2030 Agenda, Elettra Stradella, and Gabriella Iermano.

The faculty comprised distinguished names like Nicholas A. Ashford from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), Mario Biggeri, Leonardo Boncinelli, Tiziano Distefano from the University of Florence, Ralph Hall from Virginia Tech (USA), and Tommaso Luzzati from the University of Pisa who was responsible for the Programme.

Hiking Ecological Economics Summer School 2023

Following the Summer School in Pisa, participants embarked on a captivating Hiking Ecological Economics Summer School, held from July 16th to 19th, 2023. The three-day hiking and interactive classes included the presentation of research by participants and in-depth discussions. Attendees stayed at the scenic Rifugio Orto di Donna for three nights, experiencing both immersive learning and nature’s splendor.


Both the Summer School and the Hiking Summer School provided an enriching platform for individuals with a background in ecological economics to explore innovative approaches and integrative strategies for achieving sustainability transition. The events attracted a diverse group of enthusiastic participants, fostering a dynamic and collaborative atmosphere.

We extend our gratitude to the Istituto di Ricerca sul Territorio e Ambiente – LEONARDO and the European Society for Ecological Economics for their invaluable support in making these events a resounding success. We also express appreciation to all the esteemed speakers, faculty members, participants, and organizers for their dedication in enriching the field of Behavioural Ecological Economics.

The triumphant conclusion of these events marks a significant milestone in the advancement of ecological economics and highlights the importance of behavioural insights in shaping a sustainable future for our planet.

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