Economics in an age of climate breakdown

Talk given by Jason Hickel at the advaya event Economics of Happiness: Post-Growth, Localisation & Wellbeing.

Virtually every government on Earth has economic growth as its primary objective. Politicians rise and fall on their ability to deliver growth at all costs. But in a world of ecological breakdown, this approach is becoming dangerous and untenable. Scientists tell us our only option for surviving the Anthropocene is for high-consuming rich nations to scale down their economic activity. What does this look like? How do we get there? Can we maintain and even improve human well-being in a post-growth economy?


Jason Hickel

Dr. Jason Hickel is an anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Virginia, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics.

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