The R&D team undertakes research in a variety of areas, such as:
Kallis, G., Paulson, S., D’Alisa, G., and Demaria, F. (2020) The case for degrowth. Cambridge: Polity Press.
D’Alisa, G. (2019),“Degrowth”, Dicionário Alice. ISBN: 978-989-8847-08-9
Kallis G., D’Alisa G. Demaria F. (2015) Degrowth: A Vocabulary For a New Era. Routledge.
Demaria, F. , Schneider, F., Sekulova, F., Martinez-Alier, J. (2013) “What is degrowth? from an activist slogan to a social movement”, Environmental Values. vol. 22, num. 2 DOI: 10.2307/2346097
Green growth, or the idea that we could grow our economy while preserving or even enhancing environmental conditions, is increasingly promoted as a silver bullet. However, degrowth research points out that ‘decoupling’ economic growth from negative environmental impacts is highly speculative and based on hypothetical models rather than on empirical evidence.
Hickel, J., & Kallis, G. (2020). Is green growth possible?. New political economy, 25(4), 469-486.
Parrique, T., Barth, J., Briens, F., Kerschner, C., Kraus-Polk, A., Kuokkanen, A., & Spangenberg, J. H. (2019). Decoupling debunked. Evidence and arguments against green growth as a sole strategy for sustainability. European Environment Bureau.
Alcott, B. (2005). Jevons’ paradox. Ecological economics, 54(1), 9-21.
Most degrowth advocates would concede that there is a fundamental incompatibility between capitalism and degrowth, but are reluctant to explicitly position themselves against capitalism. This reluctance has been a point of contention with Marxism and an object of debate within degrowth itself.
Andreucci, D., & McDonough, T. (2014). Capitalism. In Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era, edited by Kallis, G., Demaria, F., and D ‘Alisa, G.
Kallis, G., Kerschner, C., & Martinez-Alier, J. (2012). The economics of degrowth.
There are two key principles to steady-state economy: 1) Never extract more than ecosystems can regenerate. 2) Never waste more than ecosystems can safely absorb. For high-income countries, getting there means scaling down resource use through degrowth.
O’Neill, D. W. (2012). Measuring progress in the degrowth transition to a steady-state economy. Ecological economics, 84, 221-231.
Kerschner, C. (2010). Economic de-growth vs. steady-state economy. Journal of cleaner production, 18(6), 544-551.
O’Neill, D. W. (2015). The proximity of nations to a socially sustainable steady-state economy. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108, 1213-1231.
Our work at the interface of degrowth and democracy looks at the potential of grassroots democratic politics and direct democracy as a strategy for degrowth transitions. It also examines links between representative democracy, growth, and degrowth.
Zografos, C. 2019. Direct Democracy. In: Kothari, A., Salleh, A., Escobar, A., Demaria, F. (eds.). Pluriverse: A Post-development Dictionary. Routledge.
Zografos, C. “Expropriate Zuckerberg!”. Yes, but how? Comment on Dörre, K. ‘Democracy, not Capitalism – or: Expropriate Zuckerberg!’. 2019. In: Ketterer, H., Becker, K. (eds.) Was stimmt nicht mit der Demokratie? Eine Debatte mit Klaus Dörre, Nancy Fraser, Stephan Lessenich und Hartmut Rosa[What’s Wrong With Democracy? A conversation between Nancy Fraser, Klaus Dörre, Stephan Lessenich and Hartmut Rosa]. Suhrkamp.
Kallis, G., Kostakis, V., Lange, S., Muraca, B., Paulson, S. and Schmelzer, M., (2018). Research on degrowth. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43, pp.291-316.
Zografos, C. (2015). Démocratie directe [Direct Democracy]. In: D’Alisa, G. Demaria, F., Kallis, G. Décroissance. Vocabulaire pour une nouvelle ère [Degrowth. Vocabulary for a new era].Neuvy-en-Champagne: Éditions le passager clandestine, pp: 187-194.
Cattaneo, C., d’Alisa, G., Kallis, G., Zografos, C. (2012). Degrowth futures and democracy (editorial on Special Issue on ‘Degrowth and Democracy’) Futures44:6, pp. 515–523.
Kallis, G. (2019). Stanford, Stanford University Press, ISBN 9781503611559 and 9781503611566
D’Alisa G., Kallis G. (2020) Degrowth and the State. Ecological Economics. 2020, vol. 169,