On twitter we spend time in silly debates: is degrowth impoverishment, negative GDP, lockdown misery bla bla. But in our normal lives we are producing some pretty k.a. research. Here are 22 papers by researchers from the (broader) degrowth community published just the last year!
I give these in no particular order. And they range from the most quantitative to the most ethnographic or the most philosophical (disclaimer: I am in involved in 4). These are papers that I happened to read. I am sure I miss many more - please add at the end of the thread!
I wont summarise the papers. Take a look at the abstracts. And if you don't have access to the full paper, email the first author for a copy. In the degrowth community we are happy to share our research. So, here we go, let's start the countdown! 22 papers to go :)
1.Scientists' warning on affluence nature.com/articles/s4146…
2. Global patterns of ecologically unequal exchangehttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800920300938
3. Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdownhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519620301960
4. Shifting economic activity to services has limited potential to reduce global environmental impacts due to the household consumption of labourhttps://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7f63
5. The dangers of decouplinghttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1758-5899.12791
6.Degrowth and the State sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
7. Environmental Justice, Degrowth and Post-capitalist futureshttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S092180091930597X
8. Degrowth and critical agrarian studieshttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03066150.2019.1695601
9.Degrowth through income and wealth caps sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
10.What About the Global South? Towards a Feminist Decolonial Degrowth Approach sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
11.A socio-metabolic perspective on environmental justice and degrowth movements sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
12.The Labor(s) of degrowth tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…
13.Ecological economics and degrowth: Proposing a future research agenda from the margins sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
14.Decolonizing degrowth in the post-development convergence: Questions, experiences, and proposals from two Indigenous territories journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11…
15.First Nations sovereignty, Environmental Justice, and Degrowth in Northwest BC, Canada sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
16.Degrowth and the Unmaking of Capitalism acme-journal.org/index.php/acme…
17.The ‘state’ of degrowth: Economic growth and the making of state hegemony in Turkey journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
18.Climate Change and the Polanyian Counter-movement: Carbon Markets or Degrowth?tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…
19.Structure, action and change: a Bourdieusian perspective on the preconditions for a degrowth transition tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…
20.A Green New Deal without growth sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
21.Is green growth possible? tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.10…
22. Crisis, liminality and the decolonization of the social imaginary journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…
These were only papers published after 2019! For a review of the degrowth literature before, check our 2018 "Research on Degrowth" annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.114…
Or the 2017 review by Weiss and Cattaneo - sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
For the older French literature on degrowth, a good review in English is found in a 2008 paper by Valerie Fournier "Escaping from the economy: the politics of degrowth' emerald.com/insight/conten… / End of Thread - feel free to add other recent papers below.

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'Is degrowth against growth in poor countries'? There are many misunderstandings circulating on this issue, so time for a ... THREAD @MaxCRoser @BrankoMilan
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21 Feb
Friends ask me to comment on @BrankoMilan 's barrage of posts against degrowth. I think the best responses are to be found below Milanovic's own posts and they come from his own audience. I consider myself actually part of his audience /THREAD
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One of the seemingly strongest arguments in support of green growth is that an economy can keep growing based on non-material goods and services without using more energy. @Noahpinion distills this into a thought experiment of a Matrix economy. THREAD/1
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Last year I published a book on Malthus and Limits. Let me explain what I argued, and how it is relevant to current debates where the name of Malthus and his supposed false prophecy keeps popping up / THREAD Image
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@ii_sambliss wrote an excellent thread fact-checking Shellenberger's ‘Apocalypse never’. . If you want a researched story of the origins and evolution of the ideas behind the book check our 2019 paper @journalofpolit1 journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/JPE/… /THREAD
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