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• 2020

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Building Counter-Institutions: A Call for Activism beyond Raising Awareness

By: Joël Foramitti

Around the world, social movements are rising up in response to the multiple crises of our time. However, only few seem to focus on the task of building concrete institutions that could challenge existing structures and change the rules of our system.

Scientific paper • 2020

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Lessons for blue degrowth from Namibia’s emerging blue economy

By: Rosanna Carver

Globally there has been recognition that there is little consensus attributed to the definition of the blue economy. However, despite this acknowledgement, the blue economy is championed for its development potential by the African Union and subsequently, several African states. Having formalised the agenda in its fifth National Development Plan Namibia is working to implement a governance ...

• 2020

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Academia in the time of Covid-19: Our chance to develop an ethics of care

By: Esteve Corbera, Isabelle Anguelovski, Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Jordi Honey-Rosés

"In writing this opinion article we hope to encourage thinking about how academics may transform our work ethos now and in the future. This disruptive time can become an opportunity to foster a culture of care, refocus on what is most important, change expectations about the meaning of quality teaching and research, and in doing so make academic practice more respectful and sustainable."

Scientific paper • 2020

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Fiddling while the planet burns? COP25 in perspective

By: Olivia Taylor, Peter Newell

With fires, storms, social protests, and climate strikes sweeping the world, 2019 should have been a tipping point in how the world responds to global heating. This was the backdrop to the COP25 climate change summit which took place in Madrid in December 2019. This paper assesses the outcomes of the meeting and the path towards the critically important meeting in Glasgow at the end of 2020...

Presentation • 2020

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Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Anti-Capitalist Politics in the Time of Covid-19

By: David Harvey

In this episode, Prof. Harvey talks about the factors and conditions that enables COVID-19 to become a pandemic and the ramifications for the economy and for social life.

Scientific paper • 2020

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Money, Vouchers, Public Infrastructures? A Framework for Sustainable Welfare Benefits

By: Katharina Bohnenberger

While the social consequences of environmental policies are extensively evaluated in sustainability research, few studies exist on the ecological impact of social benefits and the welfare state. Sustainable welfare is a novel research field that seeks to close this knowledge gap and develop integrated eco-social policies. Within this, researchers are starting to ask how citizen’s needs can be g...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Frame Disputes or Frame Consensus? “Environment” or “Welfare” First Amongst Climate Strike Protesters

By: Håkan Johansson, Kaja Emilsson, Magnus Wennerhag

Present debates suppose a close linkage between economic, social, and environmental sustainability and suggest that individual wellbeing and living standards need to be understood as directly linked to environmental concerns. Because social movements are often seen as an avant-garde in pushing for change, this article analyzes climate protesters’ support for three key frames in current periods ...

Scientific paper • 2020

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Looking for the inverted pyramid: an application using input-output networks

By: Antoine Godin, Elena Dawkins, Emanuele Campiglio, Eric Kemp-Benedict, Louison Cahen-Fourot

Herman Daly's view of the economy as an “inverted pyramid” sitting on top of essential raw material inputs is compelling, but not readily visible in monetary data, as the contribution of primary sectors to value added is typically low. This article argues that “forward linkages”, a classical development theory concept capturing the relevance of a sector for downstream activities, is an informat...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Self-experiments – personal transformation with leverage?

By: Andreas Seebacher, Annika Fricke, Helena Trenks, Oliver Parodi, Richard Beecroft, Sarah Meyer-Soylu

Presentation [part of the standard session "Mobilität, Transformationsdesign und imperiale Lebensweise"] Self-experiments offer an opportunity for testing sustainable practices in a limited period of time concerning their effects and their fit with the rest of life. So they are an easy entry into the urgently needed social transformation towards sustainability. Based on our experience in the...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Exploring Equitable Degrowth in Circular Community Development in Health and Care

By: Larissa Lai

Presentation [part of the standard session "Community, Housing, Care"] Underserved and historically marginalized populations have been disproportionately afflicted by financial and climate related disasters. In face of the immediate climate crisis, many existing systems are being disrupted, thus adversely impacting the livelihood, health and wellbeing of underserved populations. In planning ...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - How can the concept of democratic ownership contribute to a social-ecological transformation?

By: Philipp Chmel

Presentation [part of the standard session "Co-operatives, work and degrowth"] The study explores how the concept of democratic ownership can contribute to a bottom-up, workers-led social-ecological transformation of the Austrian aircraft sector, targeting the Viennese airport in particular. Therefore, the study will involve qualitative interviews with workers and workers’ councils, followin...

Interview • 2020

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RAVEN DeBriefs: A Podcast - COVID Capitalism: The Case Against Coastal Gas Link with Caily DiPuma

By: Andrea Palframan

RAVEN DeBriefs are conversations between Indigenous thinkers, legal experts, organizers and community leaders exploring the shifting legal landscape upon which moments of crisis — and opportunity — are built. Season 1, Episode 4 - COVID Capitalism: The Case Against Coastal Gas Link with Caily DiPuma: Find out how Wet'suwet'en Nation are pushing back against fracked gas with a legal challe...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Good Housing for All: Strategies for Social Ecological Transformations of the Housing Sector

By: Anton Brokow-Loga, François Schneider, Gabu Heindl, Willi Hejda

Panel discussion The COVID-19 crisis reveals once more that housing is a matter of social distribution of wealth and privileges. The current situation stresses the need to find a common understanding of strategies to realise a social ecological transformation towards degrowth in the context of housing. Overcoming unaffordable, anti-social and unsustainable housing policies and practices in g...

• 2020

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Pausing the game of growth

By: Timothée Parrique

I feel personally guilty for the pandemic. At the beginning of March, I published my PhD dissertation “The Political Economy of Degrowth”, whose introduction ended with the following words: “Let me invite you into a wild thought experiment. Imagine that in one year, it will all stop. In precisely 365 days, the economy will come

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - Towards a City of Solidary Degrowth

By: Anton Brokow-Loga, Christian Lamker, Evelyn Markoni, Frank Eckhardt, Kris Krois, Timmo Krüger, Viola Schulze Dieckhoff

Special session Book presentation: How do we want to live, work, relax today and tomorrow? How do we create a good life for everyone in the city? While niche initiatives are already beginning to answer these questions, there is still a lack of comprehensive concepts and approaches to transformation that would outline a fundamentally different, solidarity-based city. The Degrowth City (Postwa...

• 2020

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Book review: 'Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World' by Jason Hickel

By: Joe Herbert

Degrowthers may remember 2020 as the year their ideas entered the mainstream, or at least the edges of it. As the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a renewed societal conversation around alternative futures, discussions of degrowth are increasingly popping up in surprising and high-profile outlets around the world. Whilst these appearances on major news sites are

• 2020

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Degrowth: Some suggestions from the Simpler Way Perspective

By: Ted Trainer

Thirty four years ago I published Abandon Affluence and Growth, with negligible effect, so it has been hugely satisfying to see the recent emergence of a degrowth movement. However, I believe some aspects of the movement need greater attention. Degrowth transition strategies especially should deal more effectively with the sheer magnitude of the problem we

Scientific paper • 2020

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Editorial - Deep Restoration: from The Great Implosion to The Great Awakening

By: Barry Gills

In this short essay for Globalizations I wish to make some initial reflections in response to the present ‘triple conjuncture’ of global crises. This triple conjuncture is an interaction among three spheres or vectors of global crises, together constituting a crisis of capitalist world order. The three spheres of the global crisis are: climate change and ecological breakdown; a systemic crisis ...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - The Awesome Life: Why Degrowthers Need to Talk about the Feeling of Entropy

By: Karoline Kalke, Michael Deflorian

Presentation [part of the standard session "Limits, Ethics, Unsustainability and Change"] Critical views of consumerism are widely shared among degrowthers. However, there is a risk of overlooking a particular affective dimension of consumption: the ‘entropic feeling’. The latter is triggered when we surpass the biophysical limits of our human body and come to enjoy the pleasures of dense en...

Presentation • 2020

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Degrowth Vienna 2020 - A framework to move policy-making in the EU beyond growth

By: Jonathan Barth

Presentation [part of the standard session "Institutional Change 2"] The session introduces an online toolbox to guide policy-making beyond growth. Based on a literature review, we structure post-growth policies along 17 objectives, 101 transformative changes and 260 instruments. The framework shows what means other than economic growth can achieve political ends. Presenters: Jonathan Bar...