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Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including the establishment of this journal. This article traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered. It also explores what we have learned during this period about the key issues: from definitions to classification to valuation, from integrated modelling to public participation and communication, and the evolution of institutions and governance innovation. Finally, it provides recommendations for the future. In particular, it points to the weakness of the mainstream economic approaches to valuation, growth, and development. It concludes that the substantial contributions of ecosystem services to the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature should be at the core of the fundamental change needed in economic theory and practice if we are to achieve a societal transformation to a sustainable and desirable future. Read the full paper here

Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in environmental humanities, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences... Read more

Arne Næss Symposium 10th Anniversary

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Arne Næss Chair in Global Justice and the Environment to pay tribute to the intellectual and cultural legacy of Norway’s most influential and ludic philosopher. Oslo, October 18th, 2017. Read more

GeoHumanities Creative Commissions 2018 - Creating Earth Futures

Each commission is worth up to £2000 to be spent between 1/1/2018 and 31/8/2018. Closing date for applications is 20 October 2017. Read more

Human rights, climate change and biodiversity

A healthy and sustainable environment is necessary for the full enjoyment of human rights, including rights to life and health. At the same time, the exercise of human rights such as rights to information, participation, and remedy is necessary for the effective protection of the environment. Professor Knox, the first UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, will describe this interdependence, and explain how it relates to two of the greatest environmental challenges of our time: climate change and the loss of global biodiversity. This presentation will be followed by two complementary presentations deepening on issues raised by the human rights and environmental nexus. Presenter: John Knox, Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, USA, with complementary presentations by: Prof. Jonas Ebbesson and Dr Claudia Ituarte-Lima. Friday 20 October 12.00-13.00, Linné Hall, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm, Sweden. Read more

Gender and Representation (Graduate Conference)

One-day event seeking to bring together early career researchers working with gender. November 3rd, 2017. Arranged by The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) in collaboration with the Centre for Gender Research (STK) at the University of Oslo. Read more

Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research

Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research, symposium in Gothenburg, November 15-16, 2017. Sign up here!

Kendal Mountain Festival 2017

A new Literature Festival celebrating the very best writing in landscape, nature and place! 17-20 November, 2017. Read more

Call for contributions for Dark Mountain Issue #13

This issue is due for publication next spring. The deadline is 17 November. Read the call

Fourth International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

ACI is the main international conference on Animal-Computer Interaction, a rapidly growing field that focuses on the interaction between animals and computing-enabled technology. The conference takes place 21-23 November in Milton Keynes, UK. Read more

Living Cities, Liveable Spaces - call for papers open!

A call for papers and posters for the upcoming Living Cities, Liveable Spaces: Placemaking & Identity conference is now open. will take place on the 22nd-24th November 2017 in Valletta, Malta. Read more

Waste Materialities & Meaning: Anthropological Engagements with Reuse, Repair and Care

November 29 - December 3. The 2017 Annual Meeting will focus on why Anthropology Matters! With more than 750 sensational sessions, the Annual Meeting will surely provide unique opportunities to connect, collaborate, and contribute to the advancement of anthropology. Read more


This international conference, is the third in an annual series organised collaboratively by the Paul Mellon Centre, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botcanical Gardens, is designed to offer an opportunity for such a reassessment. 30 November to 1 December 2017. Read more

Sustaining the Seas

Sustaining the Seas is an exciting and experimental refereed international conference that will bring together academics of many disciplines, practitioners, urban planners, fishers, artists and writers to consider over three days the challenges of how to care better for the oceans, and more-than-human marine ecological systems. We will explore radically different modes of caring for oceanic spaces and ask what their effects might be for communities of fish and humans. The University Of Sydney, 11th -13th December 2017. Read more

Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival

The Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival (SWFF) takes place in Hunnebostrand, Sweden every other year with the next festival happening January 25-28, 2018. It is organized by the Association of Swedish Wildlife Filmmakers, a non-profit organization of filmmakers living or working in Sweden. Read more

EBAAS 2018

Joint EAAS and BAAS Conference - the 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference. London, 4 – 7 April 2018. Read more

SASS 2018

The presidential conference theme for this year’s SASS meeting is “Frontiers: Past, Present and Future.” The meeting will be held in Los Angeles, May 3-5, 2018. Read more and propose a paper

Wrack Zone: ALECC Biennial Conference

ALECC Biennial Conference, 20-23 June 2018, University of Victoria. Traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples
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International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media

16th Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media in Stavanger, Norway. July 25–28, 2018. Read more

Imagining Science and Technology 200 Years after Frankenstein

The Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (HRC) looks forward to engaging hard scientists, as well as humanists, social scientists, writers and artists, in its conferences and debates and as Visiting Fellows. Read more

The Stories We Live by: a free online course in ecolinguistics

The social and ecological issues that humanity currently faces are so severe that they call into question the fundamental stories that we live by: stories of consumerism, infinite economic growth, progress and human separation from nature. This course provides linguistic tools for revealing the stories we live by, questioning them from an ecological perspective, and contributing to the search for new stories to live by. Read more

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Utskriftsdatum: 2017-10-17