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.

“Fiddling with the existing model of economic growth cannot meaningfully reduce poverty and safeguard the environment. The changes needed are much more fundamental” Great blog by ⁦@crelisr⁩

Klaas van Egmond schrijft op het #NRC klimaatblog over de misvatting van oneindige economische groei in het nieuwe regeerakkoord, die steunt op de misvatting dat technologie de groter wordende fysieke en sociale problemen gaat oplossen

"As development scholars, we must start by abandoning the growth doctrine and redefining #SDG8. Aggregate economic growth, even of the ‘green’ and ‘inclusive’ kind, is entangled with socio-ecological harm.", argues @UvA_AISSR's @crelisr on our blog.

Economic growth is incompatible with climate targets. For a chance to avoid 1.5°C warming, yearly emissions must fall by 10% on average. Rich countries should cut much more. So far, they averaged a measly 0.18% cut (2016-19⁠ period). We need #degrowth

“Greed is not the cause of capitalists’ behavior; it is a quality they acquire in accommodating to and internalizing the requirements of competitive survival within the capitalist system” See @profwolff’s crystal clear intro to Marx

Growth addiction is the trigger for a new exhibition, now in Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden until February 22.

Vanochtend las ik dit artikel @nrc. In mijn ogen: een ongenuanceerd applaus voor technologische vooruitgang en economische groei. Daarom een reactie van een ‘Ontgroeier’ Een draadje: 1/12

“Yes, we as individuals should change our lifestyles as much as possible, but it is the utmost shortsightedness to believe that that is all, or even primarily, what we have to do” (Bookchin)

“Nu kunnen we gaan hopen dat toekomstige technologie onze levensstandaard mogelijk blijft maken, maar als we niet leren ontgroeien zullen we alsnog steeds opnieuw tegen een grens aanlopen” @ontgroei_nl

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