Reconnecting with the social-political and ecological-economic reality

Carter, Claudia (2023) Reconnecting with the social-political and ecological-economic reality. Environmental Values. ISSN 0963-2719

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This article critically reflects on the research portfolio by the ecological economist Clive Spash who has helped pinpoint specific and systemic blindspots in a political-economic system that prioritises myopic development trajectories divorced from ecological reality. Drawing on his published work and collaborations it seeks to make sense of the slow, or absent, progress in averting global warming and ecological destruction. Three strands of key concern and influence are identified and discussed with reference to their orientation and explicit expression regarding Ontology, Epistemology and Axiology. Some complementary points about indeterminacy and holism are presented to further strengthen the arguments for a transition towards a social ecological economic system that puts values and principles back into focus. While Clive Spash’s work has made a strong case within the economic community and appealing to ecology professionals, the value-myopia or -vacuum has to be tackled across all disciplines, politics and society for a meaningful and urgently required transformation in decision-making. Hence, the article finishes with some suggestions for the (higher) education system, and highlights the importance of simplicity and sufficiency, as well as strong sustainability driven citizen and community action as necessary catalysts of change in this social-ecological transformation.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
3 August 2023Accepted
25 March 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: social-ecological transformation, critical realism, Ontology, Epistemology, Axiology, values, indeterminacy, sufficiency
Subjects: CAH00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00-00 - multidisciplinary
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-02 - economics > CAH15-02-01 - economics
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH26 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01-01 - geography (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > College of Built Environment
Depositing User: Claudia Carter
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2023 13:38
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 11:45

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