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Home Economics: Planting the Seeds of a Research Agenda for the Bioregional Economy

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Green economists are clear in their support for localisation, but there is little definitional clarity around the concept of a local economy: how large it would be, or what principles might be used to divide the world into provisioning units. This paper proposes that the 'bioregion' might be a useful concept in designing more local systems of resource supply. The paper is a scoping exercise which starts to explore how the concept of a 'bioregion' might be useful within theoretical economics, outlines key aspects of a bioregional economy, and sketches ideas for a future research agenda.

Keywords: bioregional economy; bioregionalism; green economics; localisation; provisioning; resilience; sustainability; sustainable communities

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: November 1, 2011

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