Research at the Graduate Programme
Planning the Obsolescence of the Growth Paradigm
Given the well established environmental dangers associated with the energy and material throughputs sustaining our economic system, the question of whether and how we could adjust the means provisioning to appropriately respond to ecological realities, demands attention. Having identified the problems with the present configuration and arguably outdated growth model, we would do well to seek alternative economic arrangements that do not require or depend on economic growth. Outside of ecological concerns, this pursuit is especially relevant in the context of significant drops in economic activity due to lockdowns, as well as the secular stagnation that has been slowly creeping over wealthy industrialised countries since the 1960s.
With this dissertation I seek to uncover and clarify what would be institutionally necessary for economic function to become independent of growth.