17 April 2019

Registration open for 1st Utrecht Degrowth Symposium

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. Registration for the symposium is now open!

Snail. Credit: iStock.com/Sander Meertins
Credit: iStock.com/Sander Meertins

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.

Research-based discussion

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.

International speakers

The programme of the symposium features international keynote speakers from academia and civil society, a panel debate and lively interactions.


The symposium is organised by Utrecht University researchers and supported by Pathways to Sustainability, and the Utrecht Sustainability Lectures (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development).