Degrowth: A conversation about a new sustainable economy

How can the idea of degrowth help us find new ways of thinking about planetary challenges?

Degrowth plantary challenges

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Despite the topic's growing popularity, the conversation about degrowth has just started to gain traction in Norway. We therefore invite four participants from civil society organisations to a conversation in which we will use the idea of degrowth to explore new ways of thinking about the most pressing planetary challenges humanity is facing.

The event is open to all, but requires registration.


Conversation panel

  • Stein Leikanger, Extinction Rebellion
  • Tone Smith, Rethinking Economics Norway
  • Ronja Vaara Sannerud, Noereh
  • Cecilie Sachs Olsen, University of London, Hovedkurator Oslo Arkitekturtriennale
Arve Hansen
The conversation will be moderated by Antulio Rosales, postdoctoral fellow at SUM.

About the event

The idea of degrowth has a long history, but it started to re-emerge in the 1970s in France in the aftermath of the Club of Rome report The limits to Growth. The interlinked challenges of global warming, climate change, social and economic inequality and new patterns of migration, has more recently given new traction to discussions around the idea of degrowth around the world. 

After the English term was launched at the first International Degrowth Conference in Paris in 2008, degrowth became an academic research area and a topic of international civil society debate. Sustainable degrowth signifies a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet.

Organized by

The event is organized by the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) in collaboration with the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019, which this year has degrowth as its main theme.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale will challenge the supremacy of economic growth as the basis of contemporary societies and investigate the architecture of alternatives. The chief curators of the Nordic region’s largest architecture festival are inviting architects, urban practitioners and citizens to explore the architecture of a new economy in which human and ecological flourishing matter most – the architecture of Degrowth.


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Published June 19, 2019 3:22 PM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2020 2:50 PM