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• 2024

De Gruyter Handbook of Degrowth

By: Lauren Eastwood, Kai Heron

Degrowth has emerged as one of the most exciting, and contested, fields of research into the drivers of global heating, ecological collapse, and economic injustice. The perspective is both a critique of existing growth-based models of development, which it argues have put humanity on a collision course with non-negotiable ecological limits, and a vision for a brighter future in which humans and...

• 2024

Das Ende der Erschöpfung: Wie wir eine Welt ohne Wachstum schaffen

By: Katharina Mau

Wir sind am Ende – also fangen wir anders an: Denken wir eine Welt ohne Wachstum! Die Klimakrise verändert die Welt unwiederbringlich. Unser Wirtschaftssystem gerät an seine Grenzen und die Ungleichheiten verstärken sich weiter. Unser Alltag, unser Weltbild und unser Vorstellungsvermögen werden von multiplen Krisen erschüttert. Woher also die Kraft nehmen, sich jetzt auch noch mit Wirtschaftst...

Scientific paper • 2024

Planning beyond growth: The case for economic democracy within ecological limits

By: Matthias Schmelzer, Elena Hofferberth, Cédric Durand

Degrowth and post-growth economics has emerged as a particularly fruitful approach in the debates about the reorientation of economies in the Global North towards environmental sustainability, equality, need satisfaction and democracy. This perspective promotes a planned reduction of energy and resource use in the Global North to limit environmental pressures and global inequalities and improvi...

• 2024

Foundations of social ecological economics. The fight for revolutionary change in economic thought

By: Clive Spash

This book explores radical dissent from orthodox mainstream economics, and sets out a theoretically grounded vision for the emerging paradigm of social ecological economics. At the heart of this paradigmatic shift lies an acknowledgement of the inextricable embeddedness of economies in biophysical reality and social structure. The struggle for this transformative vision unfolds through a cr...

Scientific paper • 2024

Pathways to decolonize North-South relations around energy transition

By: Miriam Lang

Climate coloniality manifests in the violent appropriation of territories in the Global South, including the extraction of strategic minerals such as copper and molybdenum to service energy transition and green growth for the major world powers. Peasant communities in the Intag river valley in Ecuador have been resisting large-scale mining for decades and, thus, have built up a local solidary e...

Scientific paper • 2024

Degrowth, global asymmetries, and ecosocial justice: Decolonial perspectives from Latin America

By: Miriam Lang

Degrowth literature predominantly states that degrowth strategies are meant from and for the Global North.While economic mainstream discourse suggests that the Global South still has to grow in terms of achievingdevelopment, degrowth proponents expect a reduction of material and energy throughput in the GlobalNorth to make ecological and conceptual space for the Global South to find its own pat...

Report • 2024

An unflinching claim to achieve postcapitalism : A way forward

By: Tejendra Pratap Gautam

A review of Nelson, A. (2022). Beyond Money: A Postcapitalist Strategy. Pluto Press.

Scientific paper • 2024

A cog in the capitalist wheel: co-opting agroecology in South India

By: Sagari Ramdas, Michel Pimbert

The Andhra Pradesh Zero Budget Natural Farming project was implemented by India’s State of Andhra Pradesh in 2016 and renamed AP Community Managed Natural Farming (APCNF) in 2020. APCNF is recognised as a sucessful example of peasant-led agroecology by social movements, multilateral UN bodies, governments, and researchers. We offer more critical perspectives here, and argue that this agroecolog...

• 2024

A Successful Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Ecological Transition Policies in the EU Requires the European Commission to Broaden the Range of Its Modelling Tools

By: Camille Souffron, Pierre Jacques

This paper presents a nuanced exploration of the current economic models used by the European Commission, highlighting their required complements in the context of ecological transition policies in the European Union, such as the European Green Deal. It emphasises the need for and value of incorporating a broader range of complementary modelling tools and models that illuminate aspects often ab...

Scientific paper • 2024

15 years of degrowth research: A systematic review

By: Joe Ament, John-Oliver Engler, Max-Friedemann Kretschmer, Julius Rathgens, Thomas Huth, Henrik von Wehrden

In academia and political debates, the notions of ‘degrowth’ has gained traction since the dawn of the 21st century. While some uncertainty around its exact definition remains, research on degrowth revolves around the idea of reducing resource and energy throughput as a unifying theme. We employ a mixed-methods design to systematically review the scientific peer-reviewed English literature fr...

Scientific paper • 2024

Is Europe faring well with growth? Evidence from a welfare comparison in the EU-15 (1995–2018)

By: Brent Bleys, Jonas Van der Slycken

This paper is the first to calculate welfare, measured by the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW), for the EU-15 countries in a standardized and comparable way. This paper does so by building on a case study for Belgium by Van der Slycken and Bleys (2023) that puts forward a “2.0 methodology” with two distinct ISEWs that deal with cross-time and cross-boundary issues. Both welfare and ...

• 2023

The Transformative Potential of Energy Communities

Community energy has a longstanding history in Europe, dating back to the 1970s. Today, millions of citizens, Municipalities and SMEs are pooling together their resources to co-invest and co-benefit from renewable energy projects through energy communities. As the energy crisis unfolds, millions of Europeans are facing energy poverty and are unable to access even basic goods, while oil compan...

Scientific paper • 2023

The practical feasibility of working time reduction: Do we have sufficient data?

By: Miklós Antal, Bence Lukács

Working time reduction may be one of the great achievements of the 21st century, potentially delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits. However, implementation at the level of organizations is not straightforward. Reliable data on working hours are needed to track changes, so the limited availability or poor quality of data may prevent certain types of reductions. Here we explore ...

Scientific paper • 2023

Urban ecological futures: Five Eco-Community Strategies for more Sustainable and Equitable Cities

By: Anitra Nelson, Joshua Lockyer, Jenny Pickerill, Tendai Chitewere, Natasha Cornea, Rachel Macrorie, Jan Malý Blažek

Cities are critical sites for understanding, and potentially ameliorating, the effects of global ecological change, the climate emergency and natural resource depletion. Contemporary cities are sociomaterially connected through global markets, trade and transportation, placing ever-increasing demands on the natural environment and generating dangerous pollutants and emissions. Current approache...

Scientific paper • 2023

Integration of approaches to social metabolism into democratic economic planning models

By: Joëlle Saey-Volckrick, Simon Tremblay-Pepin, Krystof Beaucaire

The integration of environmental issues into democratic economic planning models is the object of ongoing debates. Environmental factors cannot be reduced only to economic indicators, rendering economic models unable to properly account for ecological limits. By focusing on our societies’ biophysical needs, the concept of social metabolism opens new avenues to answer such problems. This paper p...

• 2023

The Degrowth Movement in France: From the Edges to the Centre of the Ecological Debate

By: Tahir Karakaş

Since the 2000s, French politics has been reshaped by emergencies imposed by the ecological crisis, spurred on by a consumer society, problems of developmentalism as ideology and a belief in endless exponential economic growth. Today, the ecological question has become commonplace for both the left and the right (and even for far-right movements). This process of restructuring political life re...

• 2023

Beyond Western Dichotomies of Power: Life-Centered Development, Reciprocity and Co-creation Within Nature

By: Milica Kočović De Santo, Stéphanie Eileen Domptail

The chapter opens up key dichotomies characterizing the Western cartesian worldview and modernity to shed light on the consequences of an understanding of the world characterized by binaries and to open up the doors towards a new space of flourishing. We understand decolonization efforts in economic thinking and science as attempts to destabilize this binary world organization and to create a n...

• 2023

The Absence of Gendered Management of Climate Change in China

By: Ting Wang

As the world’s second-largest economy and the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in total terms, China plays a significant role in addressing climate change and promoting effective action. While gender mainstreaming has been adoptedin the UN system since 1995 and has subsequently been incorporated intodifferent national policies, itis rarely recognizedin China’s climate policies. However, enhancing...

• 2023

Aestheticizing Catastrophes?

By: Tamara Schneider

Without doubt, anthropogenic climate change has increased the risk of ‘natural’ disasters—and the impact on society will only become more severe. Art history studies societal phenomena such as culture, politics and economics through the lens of artworks, and can thus also be applied to climate-related disasters. But is there a universal response in art creation to catastrophes—particularly in i...

• 2023

Decolonizing Nature? Worldviews of Agroecological Farmers in Germany to Address the Global Environmental Crisis

By: Stéphanie Eileen Domptail, Jennifer Hirsch, Ernst-August Nuppenau

In Western Europe, farmers are embedded in a secular culture, characterized by a worldview where (hu)mans and nature are separated and opposed, capitalism rules exchanges, nature is rationally exploited, and the process of food production was long ignored. This worldview is hegemon and questioned as colonizing. Agroecological approaches and practices are said to enable farmers to entertain fund...