May 2023 marks a landmark moment for the degrowth academic community: the first publications of the Degrowth journal are online.
Degrowth is a free, open-access, international, transdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to degrowth and post-growth studies. It was established in 2020 by a small collective of junior academics following the observation of Timothée Parrique and Ben Robra in this website that while degrowth is a thriving field, until now it has been one without a home, and this has held it back considerably. The new journal aims to provide a space for degrowth research in which it no longer needs to defend its own existence, and in which knowledge is free and open to all, with no barriers and no profiteering.
Following an open call for publications in 2022, the journal received 55 submissions ranging from research articles to book reviews, from essays to thesis summaries. The successful submissions are now forming part of the journal’s first volume, which begins online publication today.
The first four submitted publications, as well as an introductory editorial and a re-publication of the journal’s manifesto, can be viewed now here. The journal’s editorial collective has bold plans for the future of the journal. They are looking to reopen submissions once a new submission system is implemented, and in the meantime, they are exploring the development of an arts section - a challenge to the long-established epistemological boundaries between art and science - as well as making continued efforts to include people from less privileged backgrounds in the journal’s activities, and engaging with the degrowth community to make the journal an open and collective endeavour.
The collective is grateful for the many great voluntary contributions that have allowed the journal to reach this stage, including from authors, editors, reviewers, copy-editors, and many others, and they are excited to now welcome you in.
As degrowth becomes a more familiar term worldwide, a loose informal network of Australian degrowth activists, scholars and advocates has emerged into the formal Degrowth Network Australia (DNA). The network has a public launch in a participatory degrowth workshop at 2pm–4pm on 26 February 2023 — a National Sustainable Living Festival event at the Black Spark Cultural Centre in Northcote, an inner suburb of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia).
As the world around us changes, so do the ambitions of degrowth.info. In this post, we share some reflections on the past year of our collective and set out new directions for 2023.
After decades of research, the time has come: degrowth now has its own journal.