aaec Network partner seminar

topic: sustainability, climate protection and the question of growth

Only accessible to network partners

  • Network partner: SPP 2187
  • Monday, 26th of April 2021
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Speaker: apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech
  • Topic: sustainability, climate protection and the question of growth

The ongoing climate, resource, and financial crises underscore the failure of a prosperity model based on growth and dependency on consumption. An ecological uncoupling of economic growth is not in sight. In an expanding economy, rebound effects wipe out advances in dematerialization or decarbonization. Furthermore, an important finding of the so-called science of happiness postulates that once a certain level has been reached, an increase in monetary or material wealth no longer contributes to subjective wellbeing. In place of expansive green economy policies, it is time to take a look at the concept of post-growth economics. Altogether five steps mark the way to a post-growth economy, namely (1) sufficiency as an act of clearing out or throwing off ballast, (2) new adjustment of the balance between self-supply and external supply, (3) de-globalization by regional cycles and complementary currencies, (4) material zero-sum games and (5) institutional innovations.

Speaker information

apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech

Adjunct professor at the University of Siegen in the department of plural economics; 1980 – 1986 Studies of economics at the University of Osnabrück; 1993 Doctoral thesis at the University of Osnabrück, dissertation with focus on industrial economics and game theory; 1998 – 2001: Coordinator of the Local Agenda 21 process in Oldenburg; 2001 – 2008 Project coordinator and scientific researcher at the faculty for economy at the University of Oldenburg; 2005 Habilitation thesis at the University of Oldenburg with focus on sustainable business strategies beyond growth and innovation; 2008 – 2017 Representative of the professorship “Business Administration, Production Management and Environment”; Research topics include post-growth economics, microeconomics, industrial economics, environmental economics, consumption theory, climate protection, innovation and diffusion theory, sustainability research, operations research, supply chain management