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Rethinking the economy for a sustainable future

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25 Jan
SUSTAINABILITY SEMINAR SERIES - number 3
A blue background with the text "Sustainable Future. A panel with Erinch Sahan, Julia Steinberger, Vincent Liegey" and images of these three speakers.
Part of Sustainability seminar series

The King's Sustainability Team, in partnership with King's Think Tank, invites you to the third seminar of the Sustainability Seminar Series on 25th January, 14:00 to 15:30. We are delighted to host a panel debating how we could build a more sustainable economy with the following three experts:

  • Erinch Sahan is the Business & Enterprise Lead at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab. For over 10 years, he has focused on the transformation of the business world to make it is regenerative and distributive by design – exploring governance and ownership models that embed social and ecological priorities. 
  • Julia Steinberger is a Professor of Societal Challenges of Climate Change at the University of Lausanne. Her research examines the connections between resource use (energy and materials, greenhouse gas emissions) and societal performance (economic activity and human wellbeing).
  • Vincent Liegey is an engineer, interdisciplinary researcher, spokesperson for the French degrowth movement and co-author of Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide. He is also the coordinator of Cargonomia — a centre for research and experimentation on degrowth, a social cooperative for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution using cargo-bikes in Budapest.

They will be discussing the following questions and more: what could a more sustainable economy look like? What change is required to achieve this? Could the concepts of Degrowth or Doughnut Economics provide an answer? What are the challenges these movements face?

Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet (read more here). Similarly, Doughnut Economics proposes an economic mindset that brings about the regenerative and distributive dynamics that this century calls for (find out more here). 

The event will start with introductions from each of the speakers, where they will explain these key concepts. This will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

The panel will be chaired by Irene Pérez Beltrán, the Energy and Environment Policy Centre Director of the King’s Think Tank and final year student in International Relations. 

To receive the diary invite, please sign up for the seminar series here or email Jone de Roode Jauregi.

This seminar is part of a series that runs monthly between October ‘21 and June ’22 covering some of the biggest topics in sustainability. These seminars are linked to the KEATS Sustainability module which we are piloting this year. You can enrol on the module here.


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