Relating the philosophy and practice of ecological economics : the role of concepts, models, and case studies in inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research / Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH, UFZ, Department of Ecological Modelling. Stefan Baumgärtner; Christian Becker; Karin Frank; Birgit Müller; Martin Quaas
BeiträgerBaumgärtner, Stefan ; Becker, Christian ; Frank, Karin ; Müller, Birgit ; Quaas, Martin F.
ErschienenLeipzig : UFZ, 2008
UmfangOnline-Ressource (PDF-Datei: 25 S., 0,11 MB)
SerieUFZ-Diskussionspapiere ; 2/2008
SchlagwörterUmweltökonomie / Nachhaltigkeit
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We develop a comprehensive multi-level approach to ecological economics (CML-approach) which integrates philosophical considerations on the foundations of ecological economics with an adequate operationalization. We argue that the subject matter and aims of ecological economics require a specific combination of inter- and transdisciplinary research and discuss the epistemological position on which this approach is based. In accordance with this understanding of inter- and transdisciplinarity and the underlying epistemological position we develop an operationalization which comprises simultaneous analysis on three levels of abstraction: concepts models and case studies. We explain these levels in detail and in particular deduce our way of generic modeling in this context. Finally we illustrate the CML-approach and demonstrate its fruitfulness by the example of the sustainable management of semi-arid rangelands.