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Scientific paper • 2023

The Human Ecology of Overshoot: Why a Major ‘Population Correction’ Is Inevitable

By: William E. Rees

Homo sapiens has evolved to reproduce exponentially, expand geographically, and consume all available resources. For most of humanity’s evolutionary history, such expansionist tendencies have been countered by negative feedback. However, the scientific revolution and the use of fossil fuels reduced many forms of negative feedback, enabling us to realize our full potential for exponential growth...

Study • 2023

Women's Work in the Pandemic Economy: The Unbearable Hazard of Hierarchy

By: Myfan Jordan

This book explores two unique studies of women’s economic behaviour during Australia’s COVID-19 crisis. The first describes the care ‘frontline’ in the feminised labor sectors of healthcare and education, identifying extreme workload pressures, deteriorating conditions, and a shockingly high incidence of workplace bullying: including women targeting other women workers. The author argues workpl...

Scientific paper • 2023

Barriers to adopting wellbeing-economy narratives: comparing the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and Wellbeing Economy Governments

By: Milena Büchs, Naomi Mason

The reliance of current economic systems on economic growth is increasingly being questioned by academics and environmental organizations in the context of the climate emergency and rising social inequalities and conflicts. While political backing for post-growth initiatives has been limited to date, advocacy work by the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) aims to shift narratives around the pur...

Scientific paper • 2023

Ecologically unequal exchange and uneven development patterns along global value chains

By: Louison Cahen-Fourot, Jeffrey Althouse, Cédric Durand, Steven Knauss, Bruno Carballa-Smichowski

This paper relates participation in global value chains (GVCs) to development patterns and ecologically unequal exchange (EUE). We conduct a principal components analysis and a clustering analysis along six dimensions (GVC participation, GVC value capture, investment, socioeconomic development, domestic environmental impact and international environmental balance) for 133 countries between 1995...

Position paper • 2023

Can degrowth rise to the challenge of confronting corporate power?

By: Charles Stevenson

How to bring about social-ecological transformation, the subtitle to Degrowth & Strategy (2022), is a question as ambitious as Lenin’s What is to be done? (1901). Like the revolutionaries of the 20th century, the editors (Nathan Barlow, Livia Regen, Noémie Cadiou, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Max Hollweg, Christina Plank, Merle Schulken and Verena Wolf) do not shy away from the task at hand: st...

Position paper • 2023

Food for thought: Regenerative agriculture is degrowth

By: Boglarka Bozsogi

Ecological agricultural movements, such as regenerative agriculture and agroecology, epitomize degrowth principles in practice. If a planned reduction of economic throughput and energy consumption is to become reality (Hickel, 2020), agriculture must exist in harmony with planetary boundaries and in line with socioeconomic needs to contribute to frugal abundancy, equitable livelihoods, and food...

Position paper • 2023

Caring agriculture(s) for degrowth: Against capitalist dichotomies and logic of appropriation

By: Na Haby Stella Faye

Capitalist agriculture is the major driver for land-system change, as the clearance of forests for cropland and pasture use drives 80% of global deforestation. It accounts for 70% of global withdrawals of freshwater. It leads to soil, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity, due to the excessive flows of nitrogen and phosphorus, largely caused by agrochemicals use. It is the most sign...

Position paper • 2023

Why are feminist perspectives, analyses, and actions vital to degrowth?

By: Corinna Dengler, Degrowth Alliance (FaDA), Nadine Gerner, Taís Sonetti-González, Lina Hansen, Sourayan Mookerjea, Anna Saave

Feminist analyses of the historical dynamics of gender systems are fundamental to the work of challenging growth-driven political economies, and of designing more equitable and balanced ecosocial systems. Feminist theories and methods that acknowledge and support diverse voices, knowledges, and practices are vital resources for building on heterodox degrowth movements. In dialogue w...

Position paper • 2023

Growing degrowth: mind the trap

By: Frans Melissen, Rob van der Rijt, Lars Moratis

Originally, we planned to write and submit a traditional research article for this inaugural issue of the journal Degrowth. Our idea was to respond to Brand et al.'s call and contribute to "a dialogue [...] toward understanding and defining conditions and thresholds" (2021, p. 281) for self-limitation and realising a degrowth society. However, when the process of preparing our manus...

Position paper • 2023

Anarchism and degrowth: deepening degrowth’s engagement with autonomous movements

By: AKC Collective

Degrowth points to the need for a radical transformation of the economic system if humanity is to avoid the existential risk of wide-ranging ecological collapse. It stresses that the imperative of growth, which is so fundamental to most modern societies, is at the root of the intertwined ecological, social and economic crises of the early 21st century. Therefore, any realistic strat...

Position paper • 2023

Degrowth and Masculinities: Towards a gendered understanding of degrowth subjectivities

By: Dennis Eversberg, Matthias Schmelzer

Modern capitalist societies depend on growth, i.e., on the permanent and limitless expansion of economic activity. In the degrowth debate, it has often been argued that this societal compulsion to grow is not only rooted in an economic system geared around profits and in hierarchical societal structures that enforce participation in 'the economy', but that it has also deeply inscrib...

Position paper • 2023

Toward the degrowth of the economics of orbital space and space debris: A preliminary theoretical application in low-Earth orbit

By: Yann Arnaud

The advent of space mega-trends such as satellite mega-constellations and space tourism have escalated a spatial debris problem. Driven by the arrival of the “New Space”, this revolution is not without consequences for terrestrial and orbital activities, as the world becomes more and more digitized and interconnected. Existing debris coupled with the multiplication of these commercial space lau...