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May 7th, 2012

Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics

Sustainable Development: Theory and Measurement Methods

2nd- 8th September 2012, Belpasso, Italy

The Department of Agri-food and Environmental Systems Management (DiGeSA) at the University of Catania, the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), with the support of the Municipality of Belpasso, organise the Belpasso International Summer School on Environmental and Resource Economics.
The broader objective of the Belpasso International Summer School is to provide advanced training for young researchers who are also EAERE members from all over Europe and beyond on European issues of environmental and resource economics.
The School is hosted in the city of Belpasso, in the Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy and take places take place from the 2nd to the 8th of September. This year, the School's topic is "Sustainable Development: Theory and Measurement Methods".

Ensuring a continuous increase in well-being throughout the world is one of the main challenges to humankind. Since the mid-80s, awareness that economic growth has not necessarily improved living conditions has led to the quest for sustainable development. The concept of sustainability implies the need to consider in policy agendas the long-term interactions among the economic, environmental and social spheres, reconciling their potential trade-offs.
In spite of the increased effort of the academia, no agreement on the definition and quantitative assessment of sustainability has been reached to date on a worldwide basis. The main aim of the 2012 Belpasso summer school is to collect the latest advancements in the field from research leaders, in order to provide young scholars with the most appropriate theoretical and methodological background and to enable them to make a valuable contribution to the post Rio+20 scientific debate.

The faculty is comprised of leaders in the field, and offers an overall coverage of the specialist area. In particular, lectures will focus on:

- Sustainable Development: historical and theoretical overview
- Aggregate measures of sustainable performance
- Beyond GDP: Methodological and Measurement Issues
- Sustainable Development: a quantitative approach for future projections
- Measuring sustainability & benchmarking societies
- Eco-Footprint Analysis

Deadline for Applications: June 24th, 2012