GEM: Overview

Green (Economics and) Management

International Business Department, Aalto University School of Economics, Mikkeli Campus

24.1.- 11.2.2011

The course introduces green economics, as an emerging economic paradigm for the 21st century. New perspectives on production, distribution, taxation, welfare, money, and economic development are explored. The course also focuses on policies, and practices that are already being implemented across the world, for issues including climate change, re-localization, economic measurement, eco-taxes and trade. Students will apply the theory of green economics to their local context using collaborative and commons-based knowledge production methods, (e.g. collaborative documents, wiki-platforms, and mixed media forms).

The 'Green (Economics and) Management' is part of BScBA course led by Dr. Olga Mashkina and Andrew Paterson at Aalto University School of Economics, Mikkeli campus, Finland.

Learning outcomes for this course, upon successful completion, include the ability to:

* Understand the main theories that contribute to the development of green economics;
* Know fundamental components and tools of green economics and its responses to modern economic and environmental challenges;
* Understand the implications of green economics on the company level and from a policy perspective (transition to a post-carbon economy);
* Gain collaborative document production experience in small groups, using commons-based principles;
* Apply and process theory in a local/particular case study.

Reading Materials:

* Molly Scott Cato, "Green Economics: An introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice", Earthscan, 2009
* Instructors' materials (references to sources online)


Olga Mashkina has Ph.D. in Economics with areas of specialization in ecological and institutional economics. Olga originally comes from Novosibirsk, Russia, and before coming to Finland she has been working and living in the USA (University of Massachusetts - Amherst). Currently, Olga works as a senior researcher in the Finnish Environment Institute in Helsinki, where she is involved in research projects on environmental policy, economics of ecosystems and ecosystem services, biodiversity and adaptation to climate change. <>.

Andrew Paterson is a Doctor of Arts candidate at Media Lab, Aalto University School of Art and Design. His professional practice is as an artist-organiser, educator, cultural producer, and independent researcher, originally from Scotland, now based in Helsinki, Finland. His work involves variable roles of initiator, participant, author and curator, according to different collaborative and cross-disciplinary processes. Andrew works across the fields of media/ network/ environmental art and activism, pursuing a participatory practice through workshops, performative events, and storytelling. <>.


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