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Speakers and discussion exploring society today. Every second Thursday of the month, 19.30-21.00…and afterwards in the Cafe. Suggested donation £3.

Thursday 13th July – No Growth Economics

Dr Milena Buchs, Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low-Carbon Transitions, University of Leeds

An increasing number of scholars now argue that our societies will need to abandon economic growth as the prime economic goal if we are to prevent catastrophic climate change and sustainably manage non-renewable resources. It will be necessary to end economic growth; and current claims about the feasibility to maintain and improve human welfare and wellbeing under post-growth require more critical debate. The relationship between happiness and economic growth is more complex than claimed by some post- and degrowth authors; we need a more comprehensive concept of wellbeing which also relates to theories of human need. Research is required to understand possible implications of rapid and radical socio-economic change towards post-growth for human welfare and wellbeing.

Milena is a member of the Sustainability Research Institute. With a background in sociology and social policy, her current research focusses on relationships between economic growth, environmental sustainability and health/wellbeing, as well as low carbon practices and practice change. Her new book “Postgrowth and Wellbeing. Transitions to Sustainable Welfare”, co-authored with Prof Max Koch from Lund University, will be available in July.