Economy and livelihoods after Covid-19

A global on-line symposium of the International Degrowth Network and the International Society for Ecological Economics.
September 1 to September 4th, 2020, University of Manchester.
The sessions will be in the afternoons BST.

Join us for this symposium over four days. We’ll be considering the implications of the global Covid-19 pandemic for economy and livelihoods. The Covid-19 pandemic and responses to it have had deeply unequal impacts on lives, livelihoods and well-being across race, gender and class.  At the same time it has opened up the space for new possibilities for building alternative livelihoods and economies that can take us beyond a capitalist economy that requires ever expanding growth.  Will we go back to business as usual with all the ecological, social and economic risks that will bring or take the path towards a new kind of economy that provides for human needs of all while restoring and protecting the natural world that we all depend on?

Provisional outline programme.

Session 1:  Introduction to ecological economics and degrowth.

What are degrowth and ecological economics and how can they help us think and work for a different future, post Covid?

Session 2: Indigenous and Black communities and the impact of Covid. 

This session will be drawn from members of indigenous and black communities.  Themes will include: consideration of the impact of Covid, environmental injustices and the new authoritarianism on black and indigenous communities; perspectives on creating and strengthening social and economic alternatives.

Session 3: Gender, livelihood and the impact of Covid

This session will be run by the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA).

Session 4: Class, livelihoods and alternative production. 

This session will consider the impact of Covid and an ecological economy after Covid through class and livelihood.  It will draw on movements by labour to shift to alternative systems of production.  How can production be redirected in more democratic ways to meet human needs?

Session 5: Reflections: Making change happen.

The final session will reflect on the week’s colloquium discussions.  The panel will be drawn from authors of recent books on degrowth and ecological economics.  Themes might include: strategies and policies; incumbent interests and power; political mobilisation; responding to the new authoritarianism; social movements.