Sustainability Dialogue - Economics, (de)growth and sustainability: interconnected or incompatible?


Note: Due to overwhelming interest, we have moved the event to the Dining hall (Maupertuusplein 1), it is on the same site but in a different building!

The sustainability dialogues are set up to give a boost to interdisciplinary work between scholars at the UU. We like to do that based on current themes and social issues. For this, we facilitate a platform, our Sustainability Dialogue, which will take place every other month. During the session, a theme is highlighted from different disciplines, followed by a discussion. 

Our next Sustainability Dialogue will be a thought-provoking dialogue on sustainability and economics – an event designed to challenge, discuss, and bridge views about the role of economic research in sustainable development. Is it possible to fit the changes that are needed for sustainability in current economic (market) systems? Is current economic research equipped to address the urgent sustainability changes and contribute to efficient economic systems in an inclusive society within planetary boundaries?

We invite you at the heart of USE economic research (Adam Smith Hall Canteen) to join us for an engaging discussion on the role of academic economics in navigating the path towards sustainability. Three USE economists will pitch their perspectives on sustainability and economics:

  • Inge van den Bijgaart will give her perspective on the role of state interventions to internalise sustainability in economic systems ;
  • Frank Verbeeten will give his perspective on the role of companies in sustainability transitions and what that means for accounting for sustainability to inform decision-making;
  • Erik Stam will give his perspective on improving conditions for regional ecosystems for sustainable entrepreneurship (a.o. ESMEE-project).

Following these insightful pitches, we are honoured to welcome Giuseppe Feola (Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development), to respond from a degrowth perspective on (economic) research for sustainable development. Sarah van Hugte (Social and Economic Council) will respond from a SER well-being economy perspective on societal knowledge needs and resulting research opportunities. We invite participants to reflect on the presented research directions and discuss how transdisciplinary approaches may address sustainability challenges.

This event promises diverse viewpoints, stimulating dilemmas, and an open forum for a general discussion. Drinks will be served afterwards from 17h00-18h00.

Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion and drinks!

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