Contributors: Jeffrey, Karen (New Economics Foundation)
Karen is a Researcher at the new economics foundation's Centre for Well-being in London, UK. She carries out research into the empirical evidence around well-being and contribute's to the Centre's work to encourage the use of Beyond GDP indicators in policy making.
Scientific paper contribution: Pathways towards an environmentally sustainable economy: Explaining the differences
Abstract: As well as presenting an opportunity to understand where commonalities exist between degrowth advocates and others calling for a transition to an environmentally sustainable economic system, this analysis will highlight the causes of disagreement in views of how an environmentally sustainable economy might be achieved. Our NETGREEN research identifies the trail of logic that shapes individuals’ views of which pathways should be taken in order to reach an environmentally sustainable economy, and clearly identifies the points at which divergence in views occurs. By considering the key assumptions that these views are premised on, our research will demonstrate why different views on how to achieve environmental sustainability exist. The research is based on analysis of over 100 texts written about transitioning to an environmentally sustainable economy, interviews with 55 experts from the field, and a participative, discussion-led seminar with 35 experts from the field. Throughout the research, we have attempted to consult a wide range of views from across the spectrum from degrowth to green growth advocates, and those in between.
Karen also presents for the scientific paper contribution from Saamah Abdallah: BRAINPOOL: Lessons from the Beyond GDP world for degrowth
Abstract: BRAINPOOL was a 2.5 year project funded by the EU FP7 funding stream to understand and explore the barriers to the use of Beyond GDP indicators in policy-making, and to identify opportunities to accelerate that use. The project involved a broad range of activities including a review of Beyond GDP initiatives, interviews with Beyond GDP indicator developers and the policy-makers and politicians who the indicators are intended to be used by, seven case studies looking at different institutional settings and how Beyond GDP indicators could be advanced, and various workshops and seminars. This paper will present the key lessons from this research for the degrowth community, and explore the synergies and tensions between the degrowth and Beyond GDP communities as they currently stand. It argues for a re-engagement, and linkage of research agendas.