May
9
5:00 PM17:00

Growth and Inequality - Manchester Post-Crash Economics Society

Join us for the fifth event of our Inequality Lecture Series! Jason Hickel is joining us to talk about the links between economic growth and inequality. More details about this event, and all future events of the Series can be found here.

Virtually every government in the world is bent on a single overarching goal: to maximize GDP growth. Growth remains the mantra of capitalism in the 21st century. We are told that growth is good, that it is the only way to eradicate poverty and achieve human progress. But are these claims true? Is growth really necessary? And in a world threatened by ecological collapse, is it still a viable option?

Jason Hickel says that rich nations like the UK need to abandon growth as a political objective and begin to scale down their economic activity. He argues that de-growth is not only our best shot at averting catastrophic climate change - it is also an essential step in the fight against global inequality.

Hickel is the author of a number of books, most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions. In addition to his academic work, he writes a column for The Guardian, works with /The Rules collective, serves on the executive board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and holds a Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts.

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Nov
27
7:00 PM19:00

How to Avert the Apocalypse: Ecological Overshoot and the De-growth Imperative

Jason Hickel, anthropologist at London School of Economics, gives an introductory talk on Degrowth, a social, political and economic movement that advocates for the downscaling of production and consumption, arguing that over-consumption lies at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities.

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Nov
22
5:00 PM17:00

EU Parliament High-Level Conference on Africa

Parliament is inviting African leaders to Brussels on 22 November to discuss development ahead of the next EU-Africa summit.

The conference is set to discuss issues such as peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and migration. African political leaders, African Union representatives and UN officials will debate with MEPs, Parliament President Tajani and Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign affairs chief.

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