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“Garbage is Gold”: Waste-based Commodity Frontiers, Modes of Valorization and Ecological Distribution Conflicts

By Seth Schindler and Federico Demaria Abstract Waste is increasingly viewed as a resource rather than an externality. However, new waste management regimes must be introduced in order for value to be …

Ecological economics and degrowth: Proposing a future research agenda from the margins

By Ksenija Hanaček, Brototi Roy, Sofia Avila, Giorgos Kallis Abstract Research by ecological economists on degrowth is a flourishing field. Existing research has focused on limits to (green) growth and on economic alternatives for prospering without growth. Future research, …

The meaning of poverty matters: Trade-offs in poverty reduction programmes

By Gonzalo Gamboa, Sara Mingorría and Arnim Scheidel Abstract Poverty has many different dimensions, yet few poverty reduction policies take an integrated approach to multidimensional poverty. Many continue to focus predominantly on income and employment …

Environmental Conflicts Related to Urban Expansion Involving Agrarian Communities in Central Mexico

By Victoria Ruiz Rincón, Joan Martínez-Aliera and Sara Mingorria Abstract Rural territories and cultures have been increasingly sacrificed through depopulation, invasion by infrastructure, and the presence of industries which are incompatible with agriculture. Meanwhile, the …

Eco-Imperial Relations: The Roots of Dispossessive and Unequal Accumulation

By Gustavo A. García López, Grettel NavasIntroductionOver the last decades, “imperialism” and “environment” have become closely linked concepts (Arnold 2015). Traditionally, scholars of empire had tended to ignore environmental issues (Arnold 2015; Foster and Clark …

Crisis, liminality and the decolonization of the social imaginary

By Angelos VarvarousisAbstractThe decolonization of the social imaginary has been proposed as an important dimension of the transition towards a degrowth society. However, although omnipresent in the degrowth literature, the …

Decolonizing degrowth in the post-development convergence: Questions, experiences, and proposals from two Indigenous territories

By Padini Nirmal, Dianne RocheleauAbstractA growing coalition of degrowth scholar-activist(s) seeks to transform degrowth into an interdisciplinary and international field bridging a rising network of social and environmental justice movements. We offer …

The nowtopia of the riverbank: Elder environmental activism

By Mary Gearey, Neil RavenscroftAbstractDegrowth imaginaries offer alternative ways of envisioning future societies. Those, predominantly working age and working class people, seeking to purposefully enact degrowth in the here and now are …

Geographies of degrowth: Nowtopias, resurgences and the decolonization of imaginaries and places

 By Federico Demaria, Giorgos Kallis, Karen BakkerAbstractThe term ‘décroissance’ (degrowth) signifies a process of political and social transformation that reduces a society’s material and energy use while improving the quality of life. Degrowth …

Mapping and Analyzing Ecological Distribution Conflicts in Andean Countries

By Mario Pérez-Rincón, Julieth Vargas-Morales, Joan Martínez-Alier.AbstractThe extractive sector is increasingly important in the GDP and export basket of the four Andean countries under study (ACs) (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia). The analysis of …

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