The first Utrecht Degrowth Symposium will be held at Utrecht University on Friday 28 June. It is a timely opportunity to consolidate the emerging degrowth platform in the Netherlands with international experts from various disciplines.
Degrowth is a social movement and academic field that envisions pathways to a sustainable future. These pathways include a democratic and redistributive downscaling of the material size of the global economy, a measure that would allow societies to stay within the reproductive limits of ecosystems. Originated in the early 2000s, degrowth is now widely researched and practiced across Europe. However, not all experts support the idea of degrowth and argue that sustainability can be achieved through innovations that contribute to economic growth. This Degrowth Symposium aims to spark a research-based discussion on this much-debated topic.
At the symposium we invite academia and civil society to discuss degrowth:
What is degrowth?
What does degrowth mean in practice?
What is the academic and societal debate on degrowth about?
Is degrowth a sustainable alternative to a society dependent on economic growth?
Is this solely a discussion for the Global North, or also for the Global South?
Expect an afternoon with international keynote speakers from academia and civil society, a panel debate and lively interactions.