Solutions for a Sustainable and Desirable Future

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Apr ’13
12:30 pm
FREE Lecture: Solutions for a sustainable and desirable future, Tuesday 16th April, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Venue Acton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Speaker: Professor Robert Costanza, ANU Chair in Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

Creating a sustainable and desirable future will require an integrated, systems level redesign of our socio–ecological regime and economic paradigm focused explicitly and directly on the goal of sustainable quality of life and well–being rather than the proxy of unlimited material growth. It will require the recognition and measurement of the contributions of natural and social capital to sustainable well–being. This transition, like all cultural transitions, will occur through an evolutionary process, but one that we, to a certain extent, can control and direct through the process of shared envisioning and the creation of both physical and computer models.

Professor Costanza’s transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co–founder and past–president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was chief editor of the society’s journal, Ecological Economics from its inception in 1989 until 2002. He is also founding editor in chief of Solutions ( a unique hybrid academic/popular journal now housed at the Crawford School. He has been named one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers since 2004.
Refreshments will be available beforehand.



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