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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Practicing Degrowth

Damaris Castro, Johannes Brossmann, Tobias Froese, Gibran Vita

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Vienna Conference 2020


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Standard session (discussion following 4 presentations)

  1.  A sufficiency assessment: do people think they have enough? Video
    We investigate how individuals think about ‘having enough’ and ‘wanting more’ in the contemporary society on a financial, material and leisure level. Furthermore, we analyze how this relates to people’s relative preference for income versus leisure. Results are based on a Flemish survey (N=1118).
    Presenters: Damaris Castro (Ghent University)

  2. Living degrowth? Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods Video
    Based on recently published research using performative methods Johannes will discuss (i) what it could mean to “live degrowth” by portraying a diverse range of interrelated practices and (ii) attempt to answer how “living degrowth” could be conceptualized as a transformative endeavour.
    Presenters: Johannes Brossmann (actinGreen)

  3. Practice patterns for degrowth
    Insights from sociological practice theories, Alexandrian pattern theory, and research on business models conceived as activity systems have been systematically integrated into degrowth research. This integration resulted in a new heuristic device: the ‘practice pattern framework‘ and a corresponding conception of economic activity systems. It allows for comparing and unifying research findings into a consistent format – practice patterns. Practice patterns draw attention towards the functional logic, contextual conditions, requirements, and interrelations organizing human capacity to perform economic activities. Thereby, they facilitate articulating, challenging, transferring, and recombining tacit and dispersed knowledge into actionable knowledge for degrowth.
    Presenters: Tobias Froese (ESCP)

  4. The environmental impact of lifestyles changes, satisfying human needs and grassroots activists  Video
    The present work aims to contribute in three major ways- 1) By connecting fundamental human needs by Max-Neef et al to global carbon emissions and their satisfaction. 2) By employing an Environmentally Extended MultiRegional Input-Output (EE-MRIO) to assess the outcomes of massive consumption-related lifestyles changes envisioned by stakeholders via backcasting workshops across Europe. 3) By applying a comprehensive lifestyle survey to assess individual members of sustainability grassroots initiatives and quantify their ability and hindrance to overcome structural constrains to reduce their footprint while enhancing life satisfaction. Our results suggest that initiative members uncover lifestyle features that not only enable lower emissions, but also reconcile emissions with income and well-being.
    Presenters: Gibran Vita (Open University of the Netherlands)

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