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Ecological Economics in Action
December 11-13, 2005
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Masterclass Details

Sunday, December 11, 2005


Registration – In the Social Sciences lecture block with tea/coffee available.

9.20-9.30 Official Welcome from Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds – President of the Australia, New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics
Master class A – Experimental economics: Tools for testing real world values and behaviours

Leader: John Tisdal (Griffith University) with John Ward (CSIRO Land & Water)

This master class will:

Outline the historical heritage of experimental economics, current trends and debates (emphasising context in decision making) and practical considerations when designing and administering experimental sessions.

Provide the opportunity to participate in an experiment to test the behavioural responses to institutional structure in a complex water trading environment : responses are measured as market outcomes, environmental outcomes and contribution/free riding to the public good nature of the water catchment;

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of experimental economic approaches, and its application to policy.

One or two papers will provided for participants interested in familiarising themselves with experimental procedure before the master class.

Master class B –
Counting the benefits and costs of growth with the use of a Genuine Progress Indicator

Leader: Philip Lawn ( Flinders University) with Nancy Golubiewski (NZCEE)

There has been concern for some time that many of the costs of a growing economy have been ignored by conventional macroeconomic indicators, in particular the environmental costs. In response, a Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) has been established. Following a brief outline of the rationale for the GPI, it will be explained how to interpret the results of GPI studies. Potential shortcomings of the GPI will also be discussed.

Master class C –
Public policy tools for promoting a sustainable world

Leader: Steve Hatfield Dodds (CSIRO) with Jeff Connor (CSIRO) and Nigel Jollands (NZCEE)

This master class will cover:

Principles of ecological economics: understanding interdependent social, economic and ecological systems; Matching policy tools to policy problems;

Case studies and illustrations: who should pay for sustainability; designing robust resource governance; environmental taxation.

Specific topics will be chosen in consultation with participants. Offers of quality dark chocolate may be an effective means of influencing the choice of material covered. Suggestions for further reading will also be provided.

Master class D – Participatory Approaches in Ecological Economic

Leader: Wendy Proctor (CSIRO) with Simon Niemeyer (CSIRO)

This master class will:

Discuss reasons and justification for including the community in decisions involving the environment and other public good type research and policy questions

Outline different types of methods and approaches to involving communities in public policy decision making;

Provide two examples of such approaches – the Citizens’ Jury and Deliberative Multi-criteria Evaluation – with hands-on involvement in a case study of each by the masterclass participants.

Each component will involve a 20-30 minute presentation followed by discussion, along with suggestions for further reading.

Master class E –
Empirical social values: A (more) integrated approach to wellbeing, welfare, and impact assessment

Leader: Steve Hatfield Dodds

This master class will:

Outline different concepts of ‘the good life’ and ‘the good society’, and some of their implications for social choice and public policy;

Provide an overview of the major approaches to impact assessment and how to choose the most suitable approach for different circumstances;

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of conventional economic approaches, and some constructive responses to these.

Each component will involve a 20-30 minute presentation followed by discussion, along with suggestions for further reading for the very keen.

Master class F – Undertaking rapid industrial transformation to achieve sustainability

Leader: Philip Sutton (Green Innovations)

This master class will cover:

How big and how fast should the transformation be?;
What needs to be done?
What new industrial outputs are needed?
What industry sectors need to change?;
How should the economy be governed to drive the change?
How can the change process be activated and driven in the early stages before it is fully embraced by governments and industry?

The master class will be run in participatory mode. At the start of the workshop the participants (as a group) will be 'commissioned' to develop a program, inspired by ecological economics, to catalyse a rapid industrial transformation to achieve sustainability within a short time frame. Philip Sutton will facilitate the group so that it can meet this challenge. A set of methodology sheets will be provided.

This work can be continued in the real world after the master class via the Rapid Sustainability Transformation online group.

Sunday Evening 6-9pm Welcome BBQ Wharerata, Massey University

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