Call for Papers – Behavioural Ecological Economics

Ecological Economics invites contributions for a special issue on “Behavioural Ecological Economics”.

The submission period for this special issue begins on 1st October 2023, and the deadline is set for 31st January 2024.

More info here:

Guest Editors:

  • Nives della Valle (European Commission Joint Research Centre)
  • Ann-Kathrin Blankenberg (Bard College Berlin)
  • Leonardo Boncinelli (University of Florence – DISEI)
  • Tiziano Distefano (University of Florence – DISEI)
  • Tommaso Luzzati (University of Pisa – DEM)


Special issue information:


This special issue aims to highlight the importance of the integration of behavioural economics into ecological economics. While these fields have been largely studied in isolation, a deeper understanding of their interaction is essential as the socio-economic and sustainability challenges (such as climate change and biodiversity loss) we face grow in complexity. Hence, this special issue will promote studies that investigate what drives and inhibits the adoption of prosocial and pro-environmental behaviours and citizenship practices, which enable to achieve well-being for all while staying within planetary limits. It will address the role that prosocial and pro-environmental behaviours play in both shaping collective ecological action and enhancing justice (e.g. procedural, intergenerational, distributional, etc.). It will evaluate the extent to which alternative approaches to methodological individualism, like ecological rationality, enable to better interpret ecological collective action as the coevolution between agents’ non-monetary motivations and their relationships with nature and others. We invite experimental, theoretical and empirical papers showing how behavioural economics can be integrated into ecological economics, and incorporating aspects ranging from the identification of behavioural levers and policy instruments that can support both sufficiency and justice, the advancement of analytical models of collective action that account for the complex relationships between humans and nature, to the consideration of facets like social, cultural and ethical values. The aim of this special issue is to enhance our understanding of how individual behaviour and collective actions can contribute to implement and foster an ecological transition in practice.

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