Contributors: Haas, Willi, Dr. (Alpen Adria Universität)
DI Willi Haas is senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Social Ecology. He coordinates the thematic area of sustainability support. Research interests are socio-ecological transition processes with focus on how social systems can be guided towards a more sustainable future.
Scientific paper contribution: Exploring Human Labour in times of low carbon and no growth economies
The paper is co-authored by Prof. Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Abstract: Willingly or not, due to climate change and/or scarcity of resources human society is in a transition away from the use of fossil fuels. This new transition towards a low carbon society will have as many far reaching implications for human labour as the transition towards the fossil fuels based industrial society has had. However, most analyses of “green jobs” pitch on single developments and fail to provide a comprehensive picture. Furthermore they are inseperably interwoven with the basic idea of promoting economic growth mainly by an ecological modernisation approach. To overcome this narrow approach we open up the time horizon and discuss history of labour starting with hunter and gatherer societies and risk an outlook into the future of labour. Demand for labour does not seem to be at risk. The challenge seems to be the economic balance between the remuneration of labour, the cost of raw materials, and the expectation of profits. To enable such developments a low or no growth society seems to be a pre-condition.