Program Degrowth Summer School



Various academic and non-academic experts will elaborate on different themes concerning the creation of a socially just future within the ecological boundaries of our planet. There is always room for questions and interdisciplinary discussion.

  • Introduction to planetary boundaries & climate change - Hans Verbeeck (UGent)
  • Introduction to degrowth – Julia Steinberger (University of Lausanne)
  • Diverse economies - Brent Bleys (UGent)
  • Decolonization & pluriverse of alternatives – Mary Ann Manahan (UGent)
  • Renewable technology, resource consumption and degrowth - Robin Roels & Diego Marin (European Environmental Bureau)

  • Climate justice - Fanny Lajarthe (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Politics of degrowth – Jan Mayerhof (European Youth Forum) & Katharina Wiese (European Environmental Bureau)
  • Ecological feminisms – Katharina Wiese (European Environmental Bureau)

Workshop Trajectories

n the workshop trajectories you will work intensively with a smaller group of students on one theme. On Friday, the different groups will present their learning process to the other students.

The different workshop trajectories are:

  1. Imagining Degrowth - Stef Craps (UGent), Irma Emmery (UGent), Winne van Woerden, Gert-Jan Vanaken (KULeuven), Abe Hendriks (UGent/ Universiteit Groningen )
  2. Strategies for Degrowth - Jefim Vogel (Leeds University), Julien Vastenaeckels (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  3. Reimagining Food Systems - Amber Steyaert (UGent), Eline D’Haene (UGent), Maarten Crivits (UGent)

Speeddates & Excursion

During the speeddates, you will get the chance to ask questions in small groups to people who are already working on degrowth or climate change in their work, commitments, daily life, ...

On the excursion Steven Vromman will introduce us to various degrowth initiatives in Ghent.



Monday 19/09

Tuesday 20/09

Wednesday 21/09

Thursday 22/09

Friday 23/09

09.00 – 11.00

Teambuilding & group agreements

Lecture: Decolonization & pluriverse of alternatives

Lecture: Climate justice

Lecture: Politics of degrowth



11.00 – 13.00

Lecture: Introduction to planetary boundaries & climate change

Lecture: Renewable technology, resource consumption and degrowth

Speeddates with practitioners and experts on climate & degrowth

Lecture: Ecological feminisms

Workshop + prepare for the presentations



14.00 – 16.00

Lecture: Introduction to degrowth



Excursion: Degrowth tour of Ghent





16.00 – 18.00

Lecture: Diverse economies



+ Food (18:00 – 19:30)


End reflection & closure

20.00 – 22.00



Keynote: Meet the environmental justice frontline heroes who make degrowth happen - Nick Meynen 




Nick Meynen (European Environmental Bureau) will take us on a journey through the struggles for environmental justice, flaws in our economic system and how we can make a systemic change at the European level.

The keynote is open for public and free.


The Summer School Degrowth takes place in English.