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Title: Anthropocene economics and design: Heterodox economics for design transitions
Authors: Boehnert, Joanna
Keywords: Anthropocene
Climate change
heterodox economics
Value and values
Design transitions for sustainability
Ecological economics
Knowledge mapping
Systems oriented design
Ecological theory
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © Tongji University and Tongji University Press. Published by Elsevier
Citation: BOEHNERT, J., 2018. Anthropocene economics and design: Heterodox economics for design transitions. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation, 4(4), pp. 355-374.
Abstract: Economics is a field under fierce contestation. In response to the intersecting challenges of the Anthropocene, scholars who take a broader and more critical view of current economic models have described the shortcomings of orthodox economic theory along with the severe consequences of its systemic discounting of the environment. Heterodox economists describe how the logic of neoclassical and neoliberal economics disregards the interests and needs of the natural world, women, workers, and other historically disadvantaged groups. Explorations of the household, the state, and the commons as alternative economies open space at the intersection of economics and design for incorporating and valuing the provisioning services provided by the ecological context and the undervalued work provided by certain groups of people. Design theorists, economists, social and cultural theorists, and anthropologists describe the relationship between value and values in ways that reveal how sustainable and socially just futures depend on the priorities (notions of value) embedded in the systems that determine what is designed. With these ideas, design can contribute to economic transitions with conceptualizing, modeling, mapping, framing, and other future making practices. Ecologically engaged, heterodox economics is a basis for societal responses to climate change on a scale that can make a difference.
Description: This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Version: Published version
DOI: 10.1016/j.sheji.2018.10.002
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36265
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sheji.2018.10.002
ISSN: 2405-8726
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