Pre-Conference Workshop   12-14 June 2011

We invite graduate students and young researchers to participate and contribute to the pre-conference workshop organized in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University. The workshop aim to provide a venue for graduate students and young researchers to share ideas, establish potential collaborations and create networks within ecological economics. Each day of the workshop will focus on one of the themes listed above. Lectures will be delivered by scholars on each theme, followed by student presentations, working groups, and discussion. Presentations are also open to the public.

Dates and venue: The workshop will take place at Bogazici University Campus during the three days prior to the ESEE conference. It will start in the morning on June 12th, Sunday, and end in the afternoon on June 14th, Tuesday.


June 12th, Sunday

Theme: An overview of ecological economics
9:15-9:45 Welcoming remarks, introduction by participants
9:45-11:00 “Social Ecological Economics: Understanding the Past to See the Future-I”
(Lecture by Clive Spash)
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 “Social Ecological Economics: Understanding the Past to See the Future-II”
(Lecture by Clive Spash)
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:15 Student presentations
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-17:00 Interactive session and brainstorming on issues of content/discontent within ecological economics

› Background Material

June 13th, Monday

Theme: Political economy perspectives within ecological economics
9:00-9:30 Breakfast and coffee
9:30-10:45 “Capitalism, Growth Dynamics and (In)Compatibility with Sustainability”
(Lecture by Patrick Devine)
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:15 “Participatory Mechanisms and Deliberative Institutions in Environmental Governance”
(Lecture by Patrick Devine)
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:45 Participant presentations
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:00 Participant presentations
18:00-20:30 Workshop Cocktail

› Background Material

June 14th, Tuesday

Theme: Prospects for transition and de-growth discussions
8:30-9:00 Coffee and breakfast
9:00-11:15 Why degrowth? An introduction to the degrowth discourse: According to its different sources

- Antiutilitarianism and voluntary simplicity (Lecture by Claudio Cattaneo, Giacomo Dalisa and Federico Demaria)
- Bioeconomics and ecology (Lecture by Joan Martinez-Alier and Christian Kerschner)
- Democracy and equity (Lecture by Giorgos Kallis)
11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:30 Exploring key dimensions: What needs to degrow?

- Infrastructure reduction (Lecture by Francois Schneider/Filka Sekulova)
- Work redefinition and sharing (Lecture by Joachim Spangenberg)
- Reducing natural resources exploitation (Lecture by Mariana Walter and Marta Conde)
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Group Assembly Dynamics
Participants will work together in small groups on building proposals on degrowth on the key dimensions discussed in the lectures (e.g. infrastructure, work, natural resources and money) and present their findings to the rest of the group for discussion.

Structure of breakout groups:
- Presentation of the process/objectives of the small groups work (10 mins)
- Work on proposals building in small groups (30 mins)
- Getting together and discussing the proposals (20 mins)
- Work on proposals improvement in small groups, using the feedback of the entire groups (30 mins)
- Final discussion round (30 mins)
16:30-16:45 Coffee break

Panel: Introduction to de-growth (Chair: François Schneider)
16.45-18.15 Degrowth is a multi-level voluntary path towards a reduction of production and consumption aiming at ecological sustainability, well-being and social justice. It is a challenge to economic growth and stems from a wide variety of areas, such as anthropology, psychology, industrial ecology, ecological economics and ecology. The session provides a general introduction to degrowth, its multiple sources, strategies, dimensions, movements and research potentials. The session features key-note speeches, followed by a debate.

Degrowth history and sources, Joan Martinez-Alier, ICTA, UAB.
Degrowth for happiness: from utopias to reality for nine billion people, Gjalt Huppes, CML, Leiden Universtity.
Combination of degrowth proposals and strategies, François Schneider, Research & Degrowth.
Degrowth: a tentative research agenda, Giorgos Kallis, ICTA, UAB.

› Background Material - Essential Readings

› Background Material - Secondary Readings (Degrowth sources)

For further correspondence and questions, please contact the workshop coordinator Bengi Akbulut by sending an email: