François Schneider

Short Bio

François Schneider is an industrial ecologist and degrowth researcher. He worked on the development of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology at the INSA engineering school in Lyon and at the CML in Holland. He organized the first conference on allocation in LCA in Leiden, Holland. He finished his PhD on allocation problems in cascade systems in 1996. He worked on material flow of carbon or aggregated material at the Institute for Industrial Ecology in Austria. He contributed to SERI development in Vienna, working on rebound effect, transport issues, sustainable consumption and regional flows. He worked at the INETI in Lisbon, Portugal on product-service systems and material/water indicators in regions. Since 2001, he is active in the development of the degrowth concept and debate in France and Europe. Founding Research and Degrowth in 2006, he initiated and co-organised the first scientific conference on degrowth for Sustainability and Equity in Paris in 2008 as well as the second one in Barcelona in 2010. He worked on housing & degrowth at ICTA, UAB, and puts now degrowth in practice and life-style innovation on the French-Spanish border (Can Decreix). He is now dedicated to the facilitation of collective processes.

Full CV of François Schneider can be downloaded here (French).

Research Interests: degrowth economics, rebound effect, material flows allocation, consensus process.

Selected Publications:

Nelson A & Schneider F – Housing for degrowth – Routledge – Book to be published in 2018

Filka Sekulova, Giorgos Kallis and François Schneider, Climate change, happiness and income from a degrowth perspective in: Handbook on Growth and Sustainability, Editors: Peter A. Victor & Brett Dolter, 2017

Schneider F: William Stanley Jevons in Aux origines de la décroissance – Cinquante penseurs. Editors Biagini, Cédric, Murray, David, Thiesset, Pierre, Ecosociété, 320p, 2017

François Schneider, Let’s Degrow Up and Grow Down!

Schneider F & Flipo F. Foreword in : “Degrowth: a vocabulary for a new era” Editors: D’Alisa G, Kallis G, Demaria F, Routledge, 2015

François Schneider & Filka Sekulova. Open localism: Leipzig Degrowth conference
Open-localism, Research & Degrowth,

Schneider, F. Asara, V., Sekulova, F. Martinez-Alier, J. 2014. Sustainable housing in a post-growth Europe, R&D Working paper.

Nuno Videira, François Schneider, Filka Sekulova, Giorgos Kallis. Improving understanding on degrowth pathways: An exploratory study using collaborative causal models. Futures. 55:58-77. 01/2014

Kallis G, Rodríguez-Labajos B, Schneider F, Degrowth: from theory to practice, Journal of Cleaner Production, Available online 4 July 2012, In Press

Bayon D, Flipo F, Schneider F, Decrecimiento, 10 preguntas para comprenderlo y dibatirlo.
Ed El Viejo Topo, 2011

Flipo F & Schneider F (Eds), Proceedings of the First Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity. Paris 18-19 April 2008, Research & Degrowth, INT, 322p. – download pdf 

Schneider F, Joan Martinez-Alier, Giorgos Kallis, “Sustainable Degrowth”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, in press (2011)

Proceedings of the Second conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, University of Barcelona, 26-29 March 2010,

Kallis G, Schneider F, Martinez-Alier J (Eds). Growth, Recession or Degrowth for Sustainability and Equity? Special Issue J. of Cleaner Production. Volume 18, Issue 6, Pages 511-606 (April 2010)

Rodrigues J, Domingos T, Giljum S, Schneider F, Designing an indicator of environmental responsibility Ecological Economics – 2005- download pdf 

Schneider, F. Kallis, G., Martinez-Alier, J. 2010. Crisis or opportunity? Economic degrowth for social equity and ecological sustainability. Introduction to this special issue,. J. of Cleaner Production, 18(6), 511-518.- download pdf