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Alternatives to economic growth conference

This conference looks great, so I’ll let the organizers introduce it in their own words:

and Economic Justice for All are pleased to invite you to the first UK national conference to explore and develop the idea of a steady state economy, and the policies necessary to make the transition to one.

Endless economic growth remains the primary policy goal of national governments in most countries, including the UK.  However there is a fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection.  In addition, while economic growth has meant that real UK incomes have more than tripled since 1950, well-being has not increased.  It is time to consider another approach, especially in high-income countries like the UK.

This one-day conference, to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on Saturday 19th June from 10 AM to 6 PM, will explore the steady state economy as an alternative to economic growth.  It offers a rare opportunity to hear a range of key progressive thinkers and participate in detailed workshop discussions to identify innovative policies for improving the economy.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Peter Victor, Professor in Environmental Studies, York University, Canada, on Managing without Growth – Slower by Design not Disaster;
  • Andrew Simms, Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation, on The Great Transition;
  • Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey (by video) on Prosperity Without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet;
  • Dan O’Neill, European Director, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy on What is a Steady State Economy and How Do We Achieve It?

In addition, critical issues will be addressed in ten workshops.  Workshop speakers include Kate Pickett (co-author of The Spirit Level), Molly Scott Cato (Economics Speaker for the Green Party), Roger Martin (Chair of the Optimum Population Trust), and Stephan Lutter (Researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute), among others.  For details on the workshops,

We encourage you to register early since we are anticipating great interest in this conference with high demand for the 200 places. The cost is £30 for registration by 31st May 2010, or £50 after this date.  For more information and to register,

We would very much welcome your participation in this important event and look forward to hearing that you are able to join us for the conference.

David Adshead, Lorna Arblaster, Claire Bastin, Nigel Jones – EJfA
Dan O’Neill, Rob Dietz – CASSE


  1. Hey Josh,

    Certainly a keynote line-up with a lot of interesting things to share. I am just wondering, though, how much longer can de-growth/steady-state conferences go on excluding women, in particular, from keynote addresses at such critical events, before a concerted critique emerges from liberal feminists?


  2. Yes, although Miriam Kennet features sometimes, as head of the Green Economics Institute. There must be some pretty hard hitting feminist critiques of economic growth out there somewhere too.

  3. Hi Jeremy,

    For hard hitting feminist critiques of economic growth, search for Ariel Salleh and Wendy Hardcourt.

    Anyone else like to add people here?


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