Quotation Foster, Gillian Joanne, Stagl, Sigrid. 2019. Placing Culture In An Ecological Economics Ontology Beyond A Pillar Approach. https://www.erscp2019.eu/index.php, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC), Spain, 16.10.2019 - 18.10.2019.




This paper defines a new model that interprets the role of culture in an ecological economics ontology. The model is based on current ecological economics thinking and emphasizes the critical role of culture in organizing complex socio-economic systems including the economy. In recent years, cultural economics and cultural heritage economics scholars have begun to grapple with sustainability and the role of culture. Culture is defined as beliefs, customs, values, attitudes and social behaviors of human groups. Culture undoubtedly shapes human societies in distinct ways over time and space, including how people produce and consume goods and services and value nature. There are many models that add culture to the somewhat outdated three-pillar model of sustainability (Environment, Economic, and Social). However, an up-to-date ecological economics ontology that places all complex systems of human societies within the limits of biophysical systems that support life on earth was missing. This conceptualization of a sustainable future was missing from many culture-centered approaches. This new model impacts the understandings of cultural capital; the relationship of humankind to nature; and the fundamental and evolving methodologies for measuring culture’s impacts in a transition to a sustainable economy. This theoretical research article contributes to the philosophical foundations of transdisciplinary studies of culture, economics, and sustainability.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Poster presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Placing Culture In An Ecological Economics Ontology Beyond A Pillar Approach
Event https://www.erscp2019.eu/index.php
Date 16.10.2019 - 18.10.2019
Location Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC)
Country Spain
Year 2019
URL https://www.erscp2019.eu/index.php
JEL Z1, Q57


CLIC - Circular Models Leveraging Investments in Cultural Heritage Adaptive Reuse
Foster, Gillian Joanne (Former researcher)
Stagl, Sigrid (Details)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2919 Energy research (Details)
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
4118 Renewable energy (also energy sources, raw materials) (Details)
4119 Regenerable raw materials (Details)
4924 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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