Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association


From Local to Global: The Role of Interdisciplinary Place-based Research in Teaching Environmental Economics

Sean P. MacDonald

vol. 7, October 2014, p. 101-108


This paper examines the value of teaching undergraduate Environmental Economics from an interdisciplinary perspective. At the same time it considers the benefits of employing the resource of the immediate community as a laboratory where guided student place-based research on environmental challenges can serve as a valuable tool in gaining a meaningful understanding of both local and global environmental challenges. This process is viewed as one that encourages students to make real connections between the theoretical study of environmental problems and the experience of these challenges in actual communities. At the same time, an interdisciplinary approach -- incorporating the perspectives offered by other disciplines -- can build upon a broad-based understanding of current environmental challenges.


suggested citation:

Sean P. MacDonald. "From Local to Global: The Role of Interdisciplinary Place-based Research in Teaching Environmental Economics." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 7, October 2014, p. 101-108

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