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Relating the philosophy and practice of ecological economics. The role of concepts, models, and case studies in inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research

  • 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.

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Author:Stefan BaumgärtnerORCiDGND, Christian Becker, Karin Frank, Birgit Müller, Martin F. QuaasORCiD
URL: https://pub-data.leuphana.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/543
ISBN:1860 - 5508
Document Type:ResearchPaper
Year of Completion:2008
Date of Publication (online):2008/03/07
Release Date:2008/03/07
Tag:ecological economics; interdisciplinarity; philosophy of science; transdisciplinarity
GND Keyword:Umweltökonomie; Interdisziplinarität; Wissenschaftsphilosophie; Transdisziplinarität
Institutes:Fak 2 - Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (alt) / VWL
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft