Giorgos Kallis

Short Bio

Giorgos Kallis is an ecological economist, political ecologist, and Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Barcelona. He is the coordinator of the European Network of Political Ecology, and author of four books on Degrowth, his latest one “Limits” published by Stanford University Press (2019). His research is motivated by a quest to cross conceptual divides between the social and the natural domains, with particular focus on the political-economic roots of environmental degradation and its uneven distribution along lines of power, income, and class. His current work focusses on the hypothesis of degrowth and how we can move to a society that prospers without growth. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley, and he holds a PhD in Environmental Policy from the University of the Aegean, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelors in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

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Selected publications:


Kallis, G., Paulson, S., D’Alisa, G. and F. Demaria. 2020. The case for Degrowth. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Kallis, G. 2019. Limits. Why Malthus was wrong and why environmentalists should care. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press

Kallis, G. 2018. Degrowth. The Economy | Key Ideas, Newcastle upon Tyne: Agenda Publishing.

Kallis, G. 2017. In defense of degrowth: Opinions and Minifestos. self-published at Brussels: Uneven Earth publishers (ebook available at

Academic Articles

Hanaček, K., Roy, B., Avila, S. and Kallis, G., 2020. Ecological economics and degrowth: Proposing a future research agenda from the margins. Ecological Economics, 169: p.106495.

D’Alisa, G. and Kallis, G., 2019. Degrowth and the State. Ecological Economics, 169: 106486.

Demaria, F., Kallis, G. and Bakker, K., 2019. Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(3): 431-450.

Hickel, J. and Kallis, G. 2019. Is Green growth possible? New Political Economy, April 2019: 1-18.

Kallis, G., 2019. Socialism without growth. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 30(2): 189-206.

Kallis, G. 2019. Capitalism, socialism, degrowth. A rejoinder. Capitalism Nature Socialism. 30: 267-273

Kallis, G., Kostakis, V., Lange, S., Muraca, B., Paulson, S. and Schmelzer, M., 2018. Research on Degrowth. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43: 291-316.

Kallis, G., 2017. Radical dematerialization and degrowth. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 375(2095): 20160383.

Calvário, R. and Kallis, G., 2017. Alternative Food Economies and Transformative Politics in Times of Crisis: Insights from the Basque Country and Greece. Antipode. 49 (3): 597 – 616

Andreucci, D. and Kallis, G., 2017. Governmentality, Development and the Violence of Natural Resource Extraction in Peru. Ecological Economics, 134: 95-103.

Kallis, G. and Sager, J., 2017. Oil and the economy: A systematic review of the literature for ecological economists. Ecological Economics, 131: 561-571.