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Beyond Growth and Post-Growth


Beyond Growth and Post-Growth – towards an integrative approach on Social-Ecological


Christoph Görg – Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt
Ulrich Brand – University of Vienna
Helmut Haberl – Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt
Beate Littig – Institute for Advanced Studies

Panel chair:

Christoph Görg – Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt



Short description:

Until now, discussions about Sustainability Transitions are polarized between those acknowledging economic growth as a precondition to address social and environmental problems (such as unemployment or ) and those questioning the possibility or desirability of further growth, discussed under labels like Post-Wachstum or Degrowth. The session will bring both sides into discussion by scrutinizing arguments for ecological limits to growth at one hand and to discuss the challenges that emerge from questioning economic growth at the other. The aim of the session is to contribute to an integrative approach towards Social-Ecological Transformations, dedicated to combine social and ecological dimensions of the current debate.

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Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt

Short description of the guests:

Prof. Barben is an expert on the interface between science and policy or society.
Prof. Brand conducts research on social-ecological transformations, on de-growth and on similar concepts.
Prof. Haberl works on Social Ecology, on the metabolism between nature and society and on socio-ecological transitions.
Univ. Doz. Dr. Littig conducts research on labour and the private way of life in particular from a gender perspective.