Institutional ecological economics

Research article by Jouni Paavola, W. Neil Adger on 15 May 2005

New institutional economics and its forerunners have, we argue made important contributions to the evolving agenda of ecological economics. The conceptualisation of environmental problems as instances of interdependence and the acknowledgement of positive transaction costs are key insights into the nature of environmental problems. We also discuss how plurality of behavioural motivations and limited cognitive […]

Seeking Justice: International Environmental Governance and Climate Change

Research article by Jouni Paavola on 25 Feb 2005

This article examines social justice aspects of international environmental governance, analysing adaptation to climate change as an example. The article first discusses how international environmental regimes have been examined, suggesting that understanding them as responses to environmental conflicts better highlights their social justice aspects. The article argues that distributive and procedural justice in the society […]

Protected areas governance and justice: Theory and the European Union’s Habitats Directive

Research article by Jouni Paavola on 25 Jan 2004

This article investigates protected areas governance and the role of justice in it. The article argues that protected areas governance is needed because resources such as biodiversity and heritage create conflicts over their use and preservation. The resolutions of these conflicts need to be justified for the involved and affected interest groups in order to […]

Valuing nature: Lessons learned and future research directions

Research article by R. Kerry Turner, Jouni Paavola on 25 Oct 2003

This paper critically reviews the literature on environmental valuation of ecosystem services across the range of global biomes. The main objective of this review is to assess the policy relevance of the information encompassed by the wide range of valuation studies that have been undertaken so far. Published and other studies now cover most ecosystems, […]

Governance for sustainability: towards a ‘thick’ analysis of environmental decisionmaking

Research article by Jouni Paavola, W. Neil Adger, K. Brown on 25 Jun 2003

Environmental decisions made by individuals, civil society, and the state involve questions of economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness, equity, and political legitimacy. These four criteria are constitutive of the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, which has become the dominant rhetorical device of environmental governance. We discuss the tendency for disciplinary research to focus […]