Economics for the Earth: Degrowth and the Australian Economy

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST, Brisbane time)
Degrowth | econ4earth | webinars 2022

with Anitra Nelson & Terry Leahy

What exactly is 'degrowth' and why are people advocating for it to be adopted by governments around the world? Join us for an important discussion about the 'degrowth' movement: how it started, what it calls for and what it would mean for the Australian economy if 'degrowth' was adopted as a policy and strategy.


Degrowth is a political and economic theory which proposes that we need to move away from growth-focussed economics, and build a society based on sustainability, well-being, concern for the environment and co-operation. Advocates of degrowth propose that a deliberate, planned contraction of the economies of industrialised societies is necessary if we are to reduce the impacts of humanity on the living world and rein in runaway climate change.


ANITRA NELSON - is an activist-scholar affiliated with the Informal Urbanism Research Hub (InfUr-) at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Anitra has written several books and many articles about degrowth including:

TERRY LEAHY - Terry Leahy recently retired and is now a conjoint at the School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle. Terry does research in social theory, the global environmental crisis and food security for Africa. Taken as a whole, his work is related to the project of non-market socialism and the gift economy. His current writing and research investigates sustainable agriculture and food security, the global environmental crisis, and the philosophy of the social sciences. His most recent publication is The Politics of Permaculture (Pluto Press, 2021)


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