Philip Lawn

Philip Lawn is a senior lecturer in ecological economics at Flinders University. Philip has authored and edited six books and has written and co-written over fifty journal articles. Philip is near completion of a book entitled The Ecological Economics of Climate Change (Springer). In this book, Philip will be arguing that the climate change dilemma is a problem within a much larger problem and will only be successfully resolved if addressed within the context of the broader goal of sustainable development.

Blog Posts

Towards a climate change scenario that is ecologically sustainable, fair, and welfare-increasing

Posted on 19 November 2011 by Philip Lawn

Dr Phil Lawn visited recently from Flinders University and gave a lecture at UWA. The audio-video recording of the lecture can be found here, and the abstract of his talk is shown below.

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What is economic growth and are there limits to it?

Posted on 29 August 2011 by Philip Lawn

Before we can consider whether there are limits to economic growth, we first need to understand what is meant by the term ‘economic growth’. In conventional terms, economic growth means either the growth in a nation’s real GDP (an increase in a nation’s output of goods and services) or the physical expansion of the nation’s economy (note: the two are not the same) (see Lawn, 2007a). So, when people refer to economic growth, what they really mean is either ‘growth of real output’ or ‘growth of the economy’.

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