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EUC Seminar Series 2023 - 2024

Aim high, degrow: dialogues on degrowth

This EUC Seminar Series brings together degrowth scholars with EUC faculty moderators for dialogues on degrowth. In monthly webinars, we’ll be exploring degrowth - what it is (and isn’t), some key debates in this emerging academic field and social movement, and how it connects to big questions around environmental and urban change.

About the Seminar

Degrowth is a multi-faceted response to the many crises we face around the world. This sub-field of ecological economics turned social movement argues that we cannot maintain infinite economic growth on a finite planet. The pursuit of growth at all costs, a central feature of capitalist systems, has come at the expense of people and planet. Unlike ‘green growth’, degrowth recognizes that infinite economic growth is not possible on a finite planet, so instead of just ‘greening’ the current economic system, we need a planned contraction of production and consumption in overdeveloped countries. 

It is time for a new approach, one that shifts attention from short-term profits, over-production and consumerism, towards sufficiency, redistribution, social and ecological well-being, and autonomy. This movement and scholarship explore the possibilities for greater quality of life and social justice that open up when we recognize limits to economic growth and exploitation of the land and prioritize wellbeing over profit.

List of sessions

In Case You Missed It

Watch (or re-watch) Session 1: Degrowth: a slogan, a movement or a concept? on EUC YouTube Channel.

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Read the summary of Session 1: Degrowth: a slogan, a movement or a concept?

Summary and Resources

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