by Ben Robra, Iana Nesterova and Fabian Maier As the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to illustrate once again, an unforeseen economic shock appears to threaten the very foundations of social life and indeed the livelihoods of people across the globe. With social distancing and lock-down measures in place, people were forced to… Continue reading No more business as usual: introducing the Degrowth Organisation and Economy Research Group
2020 was supposed to be the inaugural year of the UK Degrowth Summer School, an initiative organised by past attendees of the well-respected annual degrowth summer school held at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Unfortunately, due to the covid-19 crisis, the UK summer school - along with the Manchester degrowth conference it was scheduled to… Continue reading Introducing #DegrowthTalks
In this article we’d like to offer some new thinking: a policy proposal that we feel has the potential to be transformative. At its simplest, our proposal involves providing self-selecting unemployed public housing residents with a basic, living wage. With housing and other basic needs secured, the goal would be to enable these public residents to participate voluntarily in the creation of ‘simple living’ communities and neighbourhoods that are sustainable, resilient, and consistent with human flourishing.
Repost from The Conversation The typical suburban backyard of the future? Retrosuburbia.com (with permission) Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should aspire. More than half of the world’s… Continue reading The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future
Does a greener future lie ahead? Joe Herbert, Author provided Joe Herbert, Newcastle University As the Brexit negotiations wrap up and Theresa May’s deal is lambasted by Remainers and Leavers alike, it’s still far from clear what the future holds for the United Kingdom. On March 29 2019, it is due to leave the European… Continue reading Degrowth is the radical post-Brexit future the UK needs
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey. The thoughts that we gathered here will be extremely helpful as a base from which to decide about the future directions of our emerging network! I wanted to take a moment to summarise some of the main responses to the survey, so that… Continue reading Summary of responses to the degrowthUK survey