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These books are economics textbooks. They would be suitable at levels 2 and upwards, although for each book, clearly students at level 2 would need more help in understanding the material presented.

Common, M. and Stagl, S. (2005). Ecological Economics: An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Costanza, R. (1992). Ecological Economics: the Science and Management of Sustainability, New York: Columbia University Press.

Daly, H. and Farley, J. (2004). Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, Washington, DC: Island Press (and workbook).

Harris, J. and Goodwin, N. (eds) (2009). 21st century macroeconomics: responding to the climate challenge, Cheltenham: Elgar.

Scott Cato, M. (2008). Green Economics: An introduction to theory, policy and practice, London: Earthscan.

Soderbaum, P. (2008). Understanding sustainability economics: towards pluralism in economics, London: Earthscan.

Spash, C.L. (ed.) (2009). Ecological economics: Critical concepts in the environment, Vols.1–4, London: Routledge.

These books are intended as companion texts; they are not textbooks. They deal with sustainability issues such as energy, change management strategy, and personal consumption decisions. They are suitable at many levels, although some of the technical detail is more suitable for higher level students.

Murray, P. (2011). The Sustainable Self, Oxford: Earthscan.

Stibbe, A. (ed.) (2009). The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: skills for a changing world, Totnes: Green Books.

Vale, R. and Vale, B. (2008). Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, London: Thames and Hudson.

Other cited works

Ackerman, F. (2009). ‘The New Climate Economics: The Stern Review versus its critics’, in J. Harris and N. Goodwin (eds) Twenty First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge, Cheltenham: Elgar.

Becker, C. (2006). ‘The human actor in ecological economics: philosophical approach and research perspectives’, Ecological Economics, 60(1): 17–23.

Birkeland, J. (2008). Positive Development: from vicious circles to virtuous cycles through built environment design, London: Earthscan.

Bradford, D., Fender, R., Shore, S. and Wagner, M. (2005). ‘The Environmental Kuznets Curve: Exploring a Fresh Specification’, Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, 4(1): Article 5.

Carson, R. (2010) The Environmental Kuznets Curve: Seeking Empirical Regularity and Theoretical Structure, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 4(1): 3–23.

Clark, C. (1990). Mathematical Bioeconomics: The Optimal Management of Renewable Resources, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Colander, D., Howitt, P., Kirman, A, . Leijonhufvud, A. and Mehrling, P. (2008). ‘Beyond DSGE Models: Towards an Empirically-Based Macroeconomics’, paper presented at the AEA meetings, 2008.

Costanza, R., d’Arge, R., de Groot, R., Farber, S., Grasso, M., Hannon, B., Limburg, K., Naeem, S., O’Neill, R. Paruelo, J., Raskin, R., Sutton, P. and van den Belt, M. (1991). ‘The Value of the World’s Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital’, Nature, 387: 253–260.

Council of the European Union (2010). Council Conclusions on Education for Sustainable Development, Brussels.

Daly, H. (1991). Steady-state economics, Washington, DC: Island Press.

Dasgupta, P. (2002). ‘Social Capital and Economic Performance: Analytics’, E. Ostrom and T. Ahn (eds) Social Capital: A Reader, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

__________ (2007). ‘Comments on the Stern Review’s Economics of Climate Change’, National Institute Economic Review, 199, London: Sage.

The Economist (2010). ‘Invisible Carbon Pumps’, 9 September 2010.

Elkington, J. (1997) Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, Oxford, Capstone.

Goodwin, N. (2003). ‘Five Kinds of Capital: Useful Concepts for Sustainable
, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
Medford MA 02155, USA, Working paper no. 03-07

Grossman, G. and Krueger, A. B (1991) Environmental impacts of a North American Free Trade Agreement. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 3914, Cambridge MA: NBER.

Hotelling, H. (1931). ‘The Economics of Exhaustible Resources’, Journal of Political Economy, 39: 137–175. JSTOR 1822328

Jackson, T. (2009). Prosperity without Growth, London: Earthscan.

Krugman, P. (2009). ‘Is the threat of speculation a reason to shun cap and trade?’ New York Times, 21 July 2009.

McDonough, W. and Braungart, M. (2002). Cradle to Cradle: Rethinking the way we make things, San Francisco: North Point Press.

Meadows, D., Meadows, D., Randers, J. and Behrens, W. (1972). The Limits to Growth, New York: Universe Books.

Mearman, A. (2007). ‘Teaching Heterodox Economic Concepts’, Handbook for Economics Lecturers, Bristol: Economics Network.

Mearman, A., Shoib, G., Wakeley, T. and Webber, D. (2011). ‘Do pluralist curricula make happier, better educated students: a qualitative analysis’, International Review of Economics Education, Volume 10, Issue 2.

Nordhaus, W. (2007). ‘The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change’, Journal of Economic Literature, 45(3): 686–702. JSTOR 27646843

Paine, R. (1969). ‘A note on Trophic Complexity and Community Stability’, The American Naturalist, 103(929): 91–93. JSTOR 2459472

Perman, R., Ma, Y., McGilvray, J. and Common, M. (2003). Natural Resource and
Environmental Economics
, Harlow: Pearson.

Plumridge, A. (2010). ‘Costing the Earth: The Economics of Sustainability in the Curriculum’ in Jones, P., Selby, D. and Sterling, S. (eds) Sustainability Education: Perspectives and Practice across Higher Education, London: Earthscan.

Putnam, R. (2000). Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, New York: Simon and Schuster.

Stern, N. (2006). The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, London: HM Treasury.

Victor, P. (2008). Managing without Growth: Slower by design, not disaster, Cheltenham: Elgar.

Victor, P. and Rosenbluth, G. (2007). ‘Managing without growth’, Ecological Economics, 61: 492–504.

WCED (1987). Our Common Future: Report of the Brundtland Commission, Oxford: Oxford University Press.