I'm currently intrigued by recent debates about economic theory/method. See, e.g. Hip Heterodoxy. One comment by Julie Nelson about Ecological Economics having degenerated into a variation of "natural resource" economics causes me once-again to question the title of this blog.
… Ecological economics, which realizes the critical need for responses to problems such as climate change, meets mainstream prejudices and turns into "natural resource" economics where the future is discounted away. …Clearly we don't want to be counted among those who are charged with discounting away the future. At least I don't, and anyone who has followed this discussion knows that we are not counted among that group.
On the other hand, it has been nice to get the Google hits attributable to using the title Ecological Economics, a title that has often made me wonder whether and when we'd hear from the International Society for Ecological Economics questioning our use of the title – even though I informed them early-on that we were opening up the forum with that title. They even asked their members whether they wanted to join in.
Should we change the title of this blog to, say, Ecology and Economics: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation? Should we leave it be? Should we change the title to something that is a bit more sexy? If so, what?
Somehow I suspect that it will be my decision alone, since I've been so-far unsuccessful in getting a few co-bloggers who were willing to post even as infrequently as I do. Anyone out there dying to become a "poster" in this particular conversation?