Imagine a New Society

science, technology and innovation in a post-growth world

Imagining Post-Growth Societies

What would Science, Technology and Innovation look like in a world not driven by the endless pursuit of economic growth? What exciting futures would begin to take shape if we harnessed technological and scientific advances for something other than growth alone? What new worlds might we be able to conceive if human wellbeing and the natural environment were the primary focus of innovation?

Here at the Post-Growth Innovation Lab, these questions lie at the heart of our work. Our research strives to address the important dilemmas that face Science, Technology and Innovation within the context of a post-growth world. Innovating without growth means using interdisciplinary thinking to reimagine a new future: a future sensitive to the needs of the different stakeholders who will inhabit it, and able to address the economic, ecological, sociopolitical, and gender-based inequalities that affect us all.

Summer school: Life after Growth

The Post-growth Innovation Lab together with the P2P Lab of Tallinn University of Technology, and the Department of Social Policy of the University of Thrace is going to co-host a summer school titled “Life after Growth”.  Participation is free of charge. 

6-9 Set 2023 Kalentzi (Greece)

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Organizing for a good life as the encounter of legacy and imagination.

6-8 Jul 2023 Cagliari (Italy)

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9th International Degrowth Conference 2023

The 9th International Degrowth Conference will be held in Zagreb (Croatia) between August 29 and September 2, 2023, under the theme “Planet, People, Care: It Spells Degrowth!”

29 Aug-2 Set 2023 Zagreb (Croatia)

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STS Conference Graz 2023, 

The 21th Annual STS Conference Graz 2023 „Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies“ will take place in May.

Our researchers Ben Robra, Mario Pansera and Alejandro Fortuny will organize the sub-theme Organising Post-growth STI

8-10 May 2023 Graz (Austria)

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Workshop on degrowth/post-growth organisation 2023

3-day event in Pontevedra with the aim to explore research on degrowth/post-growth organisation. Funded by ERC (European Research Council)

12-14 Abril 2023, Pontevedra (Spain)

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A snail, after adding a number of widening rings to the delicate structure of its shell, suddenly brings its accustomed building activities to a stop. A single additional ring would increase the size of the shell sixteen times. Instead of contributing to the welfare of the snail, it would burden the creature with such an excess of weight that any increase in its productivity would henceforth be literally outweighed by the task of coping with the difficulties created by enlarging the shell beyond the limits set by its purpose. At that point, the problems of overgrowth begin to multiply geometrically, while the snail’s biological capacity can at best be extended arithmetically.

Ivan Illich