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A funeral march for economic valuation.

Fremantle, Chris



This presentation will explore the various ways that we can think about ecosystems that are degraded or dying and how this relates to questions of economic valuation – what does it mean to attribute a monetary value to the Great Barrier Reef, apparently a significant asset for the Australian economy when the Reef by all accounts will be at least three quarters dead within a generation or two? Drawing on the work of artists who have raised issues of care and maintenance including Mierle Laderman Ukeles and theorists such as Tim Morton, the presentation will juxtapose articulations of economic valuation (eg bees and the Great Barrier Reef) with creative approaches to death and dying. The aim of the presentation is not to offer a solution, method or answer, but rather to evoke the contradictions inherent in thinking about environment.


FREMANTLE, C. 2019. A funeral march for economic valuation. Presented at 2019 Valuing nature annual conference, 28-29 October 2019, London, UK.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 2019 Valuing nature annual conference
Conference Location London, UK
Start Date Oct 28, 2019
End Date Oct 29, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 12, 2019
Keywords Ecosystems; Economic valuation; Environment; Ecosystemic wellbeing; Common good; Exploitation; Artists
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