I am an assistant professor in environmental geography and development studies at the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Amsterdam (UvA). I am also teaching at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, at the UvA Faculty of Science.
My research and teaching focus on forging links across disciplinary divides—mostly in the areas of political ecology, inclusive development, post-development, degrowth and systems science.
I have also been involved in establishing the Dutch degrowth plaform Ontgroei and leading an action research and social justice programme with practitioners in Bangladesh.
Breaking free of the 9-to-5 was originally a feminist project. So how did it become part of oppressive 24/7 work culture? https://aeon.co/essays/how-did-flexible-work-turn-from-a-feminist-ideal-to-a-trap via @aeonmag
#EconomicGrowth in its most elemental form: money (M), commodities (C), more money (M’), more commodities (M’’), etc. Forget about the #CircularEconomy as long as this spiral remains the unquestioned cornerstone.
Landbouwminister Carola Schouten is van plan in Brussel in te stemmen met een controversiële rekenmethode, waarmee de bescherming van bijen in de EU dreigt te worden afgezwakt. Pas na vragen van FTM informeerde ze de Kamer hierover. https://buff.ly/305A0Z8
Loophole keeps bee-killing pesticides in widespread use, two years after EU ban https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2020/07/08/bees-neonicotinoids-bayer-syngenta-eu-ban-loophole/ via @UE
A recent review of 179 scientific studies (1990-2019) found no evidence of resource decoupling from economic growth. Quite the opposite: there is evidence of increased material intensity and re-coupling
Is degrowth about GDP-degrowth? Join an interesting conversation on CASSE’s website with @BrianCzechCASSE @ontgroei_nl
TO BE OR NOT TO BE...
...for degrowing GDP. It’s a question causing confusion in the #Degrowth movement, reports @BrianCzechCASSE.
The CASSE position is clear: We are FOR degrowth—especially degrowth of GDP—toward a #SteadyStateEconomy.
Food consumption in the Netherlands relies mostly on land-use abroad (80%), and land-use in the Netherlands is mostly for food consumption abroad (56%).
Brian Czech worries that many degrowthers seem agnostic about GDP degrowth. But should #degrowth be about bringing down #GDP? My answer: not primarily. Degrowth is about downscaling what is unhealthy, unfair and unsafe. GDP degrowth cannot guide us there. http://crelis.nl/gdp-degrowth/
Here is my oversimplified (or overcomplicated) map of the stocks and flows in #capitalism, published in "The Spiralling Economy: Connecting #MarxianTheory with #EcologicalEconomics" https://doi.org/10.3197/096327119X15747870303881
The fossil fuel market has taken a major hit with the COVID-19 crisis: an opportunity to phase out fossil fuels?
📢New read in our #COVID19 dossier: As the #corona crisis has destabilized the #fossilfuel sector we have a unique opportunity to tackle the #climate emergency. Jennifer van Beek, Joyeeta Gupta & Arthur Rempel present 4 pathways for post-pandemic recovery: https://www.thebrokeronline.eu/covid-19-climate-change-and-resilient-development-towards-leveraging-common-measures/
New paper on policies for equality under low or no #growth. Approach inspired by @PikettyLeMonde.
Relevant as GDP growth is declining in industrial economies & as urgent #climate policies may further reduce it.
Proposes 5 equity strategies:
Latour's simplistic comparison of #degrowth with "living on love and fresh water alone” is unfortunate in an essay that otherwise seems well-aligned with degrowth values and principles http://www.bruno-latour.fr/sites/default/files/downloads/P-202-AOC-03-20.pdf @ontgroei_nl