Economics for the Anthropocene

In 2002 the Dutch Nobel Prize Winning climatologist, Paul Crutzen, argued in the journal Nature that in the last two centuries changes in the biosphere had been so significant that the earth had in effect entered a new geological epoch.  He called this epoch the Anthropocene because its distinguishing feature was the dominant role played in the biosphere by our own species Homo Sapiens.

The Big History Institute will pursue some of the large interdisciplinary themes raised by the Anthropocene.  How valuable is the notion of the Anthropocene to bridge the gap between the disciplines?   How does it contribute to our understanding of the arc of human history?  What are the disciplinary and policy implications of dealing with the challenges of the Anthropocene?

Macquarie University and the Big History Institute are partners in the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) project with McGill University, University of Vermont and York University. Big History is a cornerstone of the project, and will be used to help re-think the foundations of the disciplines of Economics, Finance, Law, Governance, Philosophy, and Ethics.  The Big History Institute hosted the first international research conference associated with the project, the Big History Anthropocene Conference: A Transdisciplinary Exploration, at Macquarie University in December 2015.

The Big History Institute will bring together academics from across the faculties and departments of Macquarie University, including Anthropology, Modern History Politics & International Relations, Law, Philosophy, Environment & Geography, Biological Sciences, and Applied Finance & Actuarial Studies to contribute to the 6 year project. 

For more information please visit the E4A - Economics for Anthropocene website.