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Find out more about our upcoming lectures and seminars.

ESRC Seminar: Climate Justice and Economic Growth at the Manchester Political Economy Institute 

Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January 2017

Venue: E2 Renold Building, University of Manchester

This workshop tackles a cluster of questions concerning economic growth and climate justice.

  • Is the prevention of climate catastrophe incompatible with economic growth?
  • Does climate justice within and across generations require moving beyond economic growth?
  • Or is economic growth, at least in developing countries, a requirement of climate justice?
  • How can meeting the basic needs of all in a global economy be ensured in a the context of climate change?
  • What role should physical and political feasibility constraints play in determining responses to climate change?   
  • Are economic instruments such as emissions trading compatible with climate justice?
  • Are there limits to the goods that are required for a good life?
  • Should there be the limits on the acquisition of wealth?

The workshop seeks to bring together economists, philosophers and practitioners to tackle these pressing questions.

Please register on Eventbrite.

Monday January 30

10am – 12.30pm Growth and climate change

  • Professor Kevin Anderson (University of Manchester) Climate change and growth
  • Professor Diane Coyle (University of Manchester) Climate change and GDP
  • Discussant Professor Mathew Paterson  (University of Manchester)

1.30pm -5pm Well-being, growth and climate justice

  • Professor Max Koch (Lund University)  Climate Change, Sustainable Welfare and the State
  • Discussant: Dr. Daniel Bailey (University of Sheffield)
  • Professor Ian Gough (London School of Economics) Needs, justice and climate change
  • Discussant: Elena Hofferberth (University of Leeds)
  • Dr. Julia Steinberger (University of Leeds) What is necessary to live well?
  • Discussant: Dr. Gareth Dale (Brunel University)

5.30pm - 7pm

  • Professor Mark Sagoff (George Mason University): In defence of ecomodernism (by video link)
  • Discussant: Dr. Rupert Read (University of East Anglia)

Tuesday January 31

9am-12.30pm Green growth or degrowth?

  • Professor Michael Jacobs (University College London) In defence of green growth
  • Professor Giorgos Kallis  (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) In defence of degrowth
  • Dr.Eugen Pissarskoi (Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin) Degrowth, Green Growth, and A-Growth: an Argumentation Analysis
  • Discussant: Dr. Robert Watt (University of Manchester)

1.30pm - 3pm Growth, climate and global justice

  • Professor Chuks Okereke (University of Reading) Green Economy and Climate Justice
  • Ndubuisi Edeh (Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin) Economics and Ethics of Climate Change: How Much Does It Matter?
  • Discussant Professor Bina Agarwal (University of Manchester)

3.330pm - 5pm

  • Professor Ellie Perkins (York University, Canada) Degrowth, Commons and Climate Justice: Ecofeminist and Indigenous Political Traditions (by video link)


The Renold Building in Manchester University is close to Piccadilly Station, Manchester.  You will find it as building 8 on the campus map.