19/02/2021 @ 12:00 – 13:30


Join leading expert and academic Federico Demaria as he makes the case for degrowth, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

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The relentless pursuit of economic growth is the defining characteristic of contemporary societies. Yet it benefits few and demands monstrous social and ecological sacrifice. Is there a viable alternative? How can we halt the endless quest to grow global production and consumption and instead secure socio-ecological conditions that support lives worth living for all?

In this compelling book, leading experts Giorgos Kallis, Susan Paulson, Giacomo D’Alisa and Federico Demaria make the case for degrowth – living well with less, by living differently, prioritizing wellbeing, equity and sustainability. Drawing on emerging initiatives and enduring traditions around the world, they advance a radical degrowth vision and outline policies to shape work and care, income and investment that avoid exploitative and unsustainable practices. Degrowth, they argue, can be achieved through transformative strategies that allow societies to slow down by design, not disaster.


Book Lecture Structure

Introduction to the book, author and panelists, followed by a talk by Federico Demaria outlining the need for political implementation and transformation towards a degrowth society. After the talk there will be a panel discussion on some of the themes featured in the book and then the floor will open up to audience questions.


Organized by CATAPAOikos and The Center for Sustainable Development Ghent University.

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