This series focuses on the interface between geosystems, biosystems, and the political economy. This focus requires the integration of physical, natural, and social science; although the major emphasis for this series is economics, some of the authors bring perspectives founded in training and experience in other disciplines. For this series, the theoretical approach for economic analysis is pluralistic, encompassing the atomistic and mechanistic epistemology of modern economic analysis, as well as the evolutionary and systems epistemology of the emerging field of ecological economics. There is a relationship between physical scarcity of environmental resources and the manifestations of scarcity in the forms of rising prices, increasing private costs, social and political conflict, and damage to human health and the environment.
The purpose of this series is to use economic analysis in concert with other disciplines to identify improvements in policies, institutions, and technologies that show promise for economic development in the broadest sense.