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Degrowth in the context of sustainability transitions: In search for a common ground

  • Khmara, Yaryna
  • Kronenberg, Jakub
Publication Date
Jan 27, 2020
Repozytorium Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego (University of Lodz Repository)


The aim of this paper is to study how sustainability transitions analytical framework can help to make other concepts of sustainable socio-economic development more specific and operational. Specifically, we investigate the linkages between sustainability transitions and degrowth. Both approaches to transitions – degrowth and sustainability transitions – are closely related. Ideologically, degrowth represents one of the most far-reaching forms of sustainability transitions, yet it would benefit from a more stringent conceptualization using the analytical framework of sustainability transitions. Based on a literature review of both degrowth and sustainability transitions, we distinguish several aspects which provide a common ground for both approaches. We apply some conceptual notions from sustainability transitions theory to describe the idea of a degrowth transition. Then, we analyse case studies of degrowth practices (mainly in an urban context), which demonstrate that they may be understood and managed as transition experiments. / This research has been funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, with grant no. 2018/29/B/HS4/01042.

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