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Position paper • 2023

Existing outside the box: How community-centred philosophies can help shape a degrowth society

By: Orson Zuanic

Any conception of a degrowth society requires a fundamental change in our communal definition of existence. For centuries, we have upheld a Cartesian view of reality: an irreducible duality between mind and matter, body and soul, enshrined in Descartes’ famous dictum Cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am). This conception of existence has placed humanity among an external, material environm...

Position paper • 2023

Only for the Global North? Questioning the ‘who should degrow’ issue

By: Gabriela Cabaña, Vandana

The idea of degrowth, while critiquing the dominant ideas of economic growth, also proposes an alternative paradigm to organize society and the economy while prioritizing nature and care. One of the major streams of thought that contributed to the emergence of degrowth is the criticism of development that originated in the 1970s and 1980s (Demaria et al., 2013). Despite this, engagi...

• 2023

Creating a radical, commons-based, open-access journal for degrowth

By: Degrowth journal

Degrowth is a diverse, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and rapidly growing area of research which deserves its own space in the academic discourse; it cannot thrive across disconnected journals, expending considerable energy defending its own existence against established disciplinary norms. Our journal not only provides a home for Degrowth, but it is a home built with values which are co...

Scientific paper • 2023

Degrowth is coming to town: What can it learn from critical perspectives on urban transport?

By: Wojciech Kębłowski

Degrowth offers a particularly trans-disciplinary and robust critique of growth-driven configurations of space, society and economy. However, its proponents are yet to seriously engage with urban environments by clearly outlining how, where, for whom and under what conditions the principles of degrowth could be applied in urban contexts. In this article, I focus on transport as a vehicle for un...

Scientific paper • 2023

Spatialising degrowth in Southern cities: Everyday park-making for (un)commoning

By: Marlyne Sahakian, Manisha Anantharaman, Czarina Saloma

Answering the call in this special issue to spatialise degrowth studies beyond the Global North, this paper examines practices of ‘park-making’ in Chennai and Metro Manila as a potential degrowth pathway. Parks in the coastal mega cities of Metro Manila and Chennai can be seen as relics of a colonial era, and spaces coherent with capitalist, growth-oriented and consumerist logics. At the same t...

Scientific paper • 2023

Scaling-up degrowth: Re-imagining institutional responses to climate change

By: William Otchere-Darko

Focusing on the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda, this commentary suggests that by engaging with degrowth, these mainstream policies can potentially provide alternative ecological values as climate responses. In turn, degrowth can also benefit from engaging with the multiple scales and sectors of these institutions for climate and planning practice. However, such multi-scala...

Scientific paper • 2023

Beyond urban ecomodernism: How can degrowth-aligned spatial practices enhance urban sustainability transformations

By: Wolfgang Wende, Alejandro De Castro Mazarro, Ritu George Kaliaden, Markus Egermann

For spatial practices such as architecture, urban design and planning, degrowth remains an abstract concept, as there is no clear alignment of its principles into spatial strategies. To bridge this gap, this paper examines how degrowth can be operationalised into sustainable spatial practices. Through a review of more than 200 sustainable spatial projects across the world operating at the build...

• 2023

Deindustrialisation and the politics of subordinate degrowth: The case of Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina

By: Seth Schindler, J Miguel Kanai, Javier Diaz Bay

Cities in low- and middle-income countries have experienced deindustrialisation as localised agglomerations that historically served domestic and regional markets have become exposed to highly productive global value chains as capital has been (re)allocated to primary sectors. State, corporate and social actors have responded to economic decline by embracing a range of coping and adaptation str...

Report • 2023

Mainstreaming wellbeing and sustainability in policymaking

By: Jonathan Barth, Raphael Kaufmann, Lasse Steffens, Laure-Alizée Le Lannou, Alexandra Gerer, Sebastian Kiecker

This report investigates how reinforcing dynamics between political prioritisation in governance and statistical and data-related qualities of metrics give rise to an institutional GDP lock-in, which inhibits a mainstreaming of wellbeing and sustainability in policymaking. Building on this lock-in analysis, the report illuminate levers for strengthening the consideration of wellbeing and sustainability variables in political governance and statistical frameworks.

Scientific paper • 2023

Urbanizing degrowth: Five steps towards a Radical Spatial Degrowth Agenda for planning in the face of climate emergency

By: Federico Demaria, Angelos Varvarousis, Hug March, Maria Kaika

We call for coupling degrowth with urban studies and planning agendas as an academically salient and politically urgent endeavour. Our aim is threefold: to explore ways for ‘operationalising’ degrowth concepts into urban and regional everyday spatial practices; to sketch pathways for taking degrowth conceptually and methodologically beyond localised experiments and inform larger scale planning ...

• 2023

Mondes en décroissance

By: Obervatoire de la post-croissance et de la décroissance

- 20 ans de décroissance Alice CANABATE, Jean-Claude BESSON-GIRARD et Agnès SINAIHommage à Entropia Serge LATOUCHEVingt ans de décroissance : Quel bilan ? Michel LEPESANTPortrait du décroissant en militant-chercheur Vincent LIEGEYUn projet de décroissance : controverses, débats et convergences Caroline GOLDBLUMFrançoise d’Eaubonne, à l’origine de la pensée écoféministe Michel LEPESANTJ’ai...

Scientific paper • 2023

Unlocking the potential of income and wealth caps in post-growth transformation: A framework for improving policy design

By: Martin François, Sybille Mertens de Wilmars, Kevin Maréchal

Preventing the increase of economic inequality in a non-growing economy is a major challenge. In post-growth research, scholars agree that reducing the income and assets of the wealthy must be part of any strategy for reducing inequality. Nevertheless, caps on wealth and income remain surprisingly under-researched. After discussing the role of these caps in post-growth transformation, this pape...

• 2023

Thinking About Ecology with Marx – A review of Kohei Saito’s Marx in the Anthropocene

By: Dougal McNeill

Book review of Kohei Saito’s 'Marx in the Anthropocene', by Dougal McNeill

• 2023

No to reform! Review of Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism

By: Mark H Burton

Book review of Kohei Saito's 'Marx in the Anthropocene', by Mark Burton

• 2023

From why to how: Organising and Strategising for Degrowth

By: Fabian Maier

Degrowth by design, not disaster. So goes the rallying cry and predicament of the eponymous movement, which is not only gaining traction through comprehensive critiques of hegemonic formations of economic growth, but also by evoking alternative imaginaries to overcome them. Nevertheless, as the costs of endless growth become ever more apparent, politicians and corporations with vested interests double-down on tossing more oil to the fire of a burning planet with increasingly authoritarian measures. While consequences of such reckless business-as-usual strategies can be felt for many already in the here and now, the odds appear to be stacked against any counter-hegemonic aspirations trying to reverse the freight train heading full speed towards disaster. It is on this detrimental conjuncture on which the emerging degrowth movement is articulating aspirations of designing strategies towards systemic change to enable more desirable futures. Despite offering critical diagnoses of the status quo, the polyphonic discourse has thus far failed to identify and articulate strategic pathways that could bring about envisaged degrowth societies. This publication is trying to alleviate this ‘strategic indeterminism’ by putting degrowth ideas to work in crafting avenues towards a radical emancipatory socio-ecological transformation.