Publication: Degrowth & Strategy

Since August 2020, a team of eight motivated degrowth scholars and activists  has been working on a conference-follow up publication entitled Degrowth & Strategy. It highlights the importance of engaging with strategy in the degrowth movement, builds on contributions from the Degrowth Vienna 2020 Conference, and strives to provide a meaningful addition to the existing literature on degrowth.

 

Another book on degrowth?

At least not in the way we know it. This book goes beyond tackling the why of degrowth, and zooms in on the how. It brings together tools and frameworks for approaching the question of how to achieve radical social-ecological transformation. Many publications introduce, justify and build a powerful argument for degrowth, but so far little attention has been paid to how to contribute to making transformation happen as a social movement.

Thus, instead of making the case for degrowth, our publication examines possible strategies to advance it. It theoretically explores tools for critically evaluating strategies, but also includes a broad range of strategies in practice covering various social fields such as mobility, housing, energy or trade. For this, the publication brings on board activists and practitioners working in the fields listed, and initiates their collaboration with degrowth scholars.

Where do we stand?

A lot has been done already: A full book concept has been developed during autumn; a comprehensive outline with hand-picked authors has been created, and we are currently  collecting draft contributions while feedbacking on the first synopses received. We are happy to see how many authors have joined the journey, and that publishers have expressed interest in working with us! We hope that Degrowth & Strategy can be found on bookshops’ shelves by the end of 2021.

Who are we?

The editorial team is composed of eight young activists and scholars, mostly from the Degrowth Vienna 2020 Conference organising team, as well as the international degrowth community. Having gathered experiences with editing in different contexts, the team reunites a range of different perspectives, and collaborates closely with experts and activists in the fields addressed by the publication.

From left to right: Livia Regen, Christina Plank (Photo: Joseph Krpelan), Verena Wolf, Merle Schulken, Maximilian Hollweg, Nathan Barlow, Noémie Cadiou, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya.