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Degrowth education- Experiences from the two Degrowth masters in Barcelona

Research and Degrowth is a non-profit association based in Barcelona, dedicated to research, training and outreach on degrowth and environmental justice since 2010. For the last five years, we have been running a masters program in political ecology, environmental justice and degrowth at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Two years ago, this was followed by another masters program, run completely online on Degrowth: Ecology, Economics and Policy. These two programs stem from years of organising summer schools on degrowth and environmental justice, as well as multiple other educational events in local and regional levels, for schools and universities, to municipalities and unions. We ground our ideas in territorial projects that we use for teaching and demonstration purposes: Can Decreix, a house in the city of Cerbere on the French-Spanish border experimenting with frugal living; Can Masdeu, an ecological commune in the outskirts of Barcelona, squatting an abandoned hospital since 2002 and developed a network of community gardens with the surrounding working class neighbourhood of Nou Barris; and an olive grove in Picamoixons, in the Catalan countryside, where we produce organic oil, with the collaboration of students trained through practice in the theory of ecological economics and the art of slow agro-ecology.

In this interactive discussion panel with the organizers and coordinators of the masters, we wish to share our insights and learnings from these two masters in particular, as well as more strategic discussion on degrowth education in general.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 12:00
Duration: 01:30
Room: ZV-8-6
Type: Non-academic Session
Theme: Communicating degrowth within a consumerist common sense


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