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.
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
We are so far from circularity! In 2017, the global economy recovered only 8.6% of all waste. Here's my simplified MFA diagram adapted from https://shiftingparadigms.nl/projects/3rd-global-circularity-gap-report/
Our degrowth course at UvA - depending on enrolments, there may still be some spots left https://iis.uva.nl/en/shared/programmas/en/open-programmes-iis/degrowth/degrowth.html @ontgroei_nl #degrowthnl
Very excited that many of us at @ontgroei are involved in preparing for the 8th International #Degrowth Conference in The Hague! https://www.degrowth.info/en/the-hague-2021/ #degrowthNL @Degrowth_info
Emergency food distribution for the poorest in #Bangladesh in times of #lockdown http://peopleandwater.org/emergency-food-distribution-in-response-to-covid-19/