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Oslo University College; Aalborg University, Denmark

October 27-29, 2010
PhD Course "Green Growth, De-growth and Sustainability"
Oslo, Oslo University College, Norway
The Ph.D. course will critically scrutinize the possibility of compensating for continual and long-term economic growth by dematerialization and steadily increasing eco-efficiency. The role of institutional frameworks in facilitating or discouraging dematerialization and increased eco-efficiency will be addressed, as well as any physical/technical limits to the level of de-coupling between growth and environmental impacts. The role of economic growth in supporting human prosperity and well-being will also be discussed, along with various moral arguments for and against economic growth. Moreover, the role of economic growth in a profit-driven economic system and the possibility of a capitalist economy to adapt to a long-term zero-growth situation will be discussed. The above issues will be addressed in the light of different theoretical perspectives and empirical examples from economics (Martinez-Alier, Jakobsen and Golombek), moral philosophy (Soper, Vetlesen and Arler), urban development/the housing sector (N?_ss) and mobility and energy systems (H??yer). A strong emphasis will be laid on interdisciplinary discussions across these different sectors and systems, where the consequences of policies within one sector or system to other fields of society and the environment will be addressed. The course will be organized as a combination of lectures and group work. The target groups of the course are Ph.D. students within economics, sociology, environmental management, and planning. [gem?_?? den Informationen des Anbieters - according to site editor's information]
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