As a green economist I feel myself to be an inheritor of the tradition of E.F. Schumacher and somehow beholden to the phrase most often associated with his work: ‘Small is beautiful’. In the domain of economics and employment – or livelihoods and provisioning, as I would prefer to call them – his work guides us to turn to the local, to meet our needs from our local places, and to deepen our relationship with the local natural environment. It was to develop ideas for designing satisfying and sustainable livelihoods within such parameters that I started thinking about the ‘bioregional economy’.

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