Lina Isacs

Forskare vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, Naturresurser och Hållbar utveckling; Klimatledarskap

Villavägen 16
75236 Uppsala
Villavägen 16
75236 Uppsala

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Lina Isacs forskar om värdering av naturen i policy och beslutsunderlag och de teoretiska grunderna bakom värderingsmetoder från neoklassisk och ekologisk ekonomi.

Nyckelord: deliberative democracy environmental economics ecological economics ekologisk ekonomi miljöekonomi neoklassisk teori deliberativ demokrati neoclassical theory

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Intervju i podden Nyfiken den 9 november 2021 (in English)

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I have a PhD in planning and decision analysis from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a masters degree in economics from Stockholm University. In my PhD project, finansed by Formas and Johan and Jakob Söderbergs stiftelse, I studied valuation of nature in decision-making support, looking at theory and practice around valuation made in monetary terms and on alternatives to that, so-called deliberative valuation. The former, monetisation of nature, is based in mainstream neoclassical environmental economics, the latter in ecological economics. My aim was to contribute to making room for value pluralism and ethical concerns in policy impact assessments.

My PhD thesis Deliberating value: On the theory and practice of valuation of nature from neoclassical to ecological economics, is based on five research papers that can be said to position themselves on opposite sides in the debate on monetisation of nature, and I used a reflexive, partly auto-ethnographic approach to illustrate how underlying for-granted-taken ideas in this debate impacts research. The first two papers apply the value theory and valuation methods from normative neoclassical welfare theory; the other three examine, with increasing degrees of criticism, this theory of value and especially its central assumption that value can be derived from people’s choices, or “revealed preferences”.

The conclusion I draw in the thesis is that monetisation, with its reduction of all sorts of constituents of values into one and the same unit, can make nature’s value less rather than more visible. It conceals rather than reveals value conflicts and the ethical and political dilemmas that are the very definition of sustainability problems.

In my continued research, I work to explore different expressions of how and why this happens, and to support change.

Prior to Uppsala University and KTH, I have worked within research and teaching in environmental and ecological economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala and Stockholm Resilience Centre, as a public official at the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and for the green party Miljöpartiet in the Swedish parliament.

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Isacs, L., Kenter, J.O., Wetterstrand, H., Katzeff, C., 2022. What does value pluralism mean in practice? An empirical demonstration from a deliberative valuation. People and Nature 00, 1–19.

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Lina Isacs
Senast uppdaterad: 2021-03-09