5th Global Conference of Economic Geography (GCEG) Cologne 2018, July 24-28

Session: Alternative green practices

Sponsored by:
Community Economies Research Network (CERN)
Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL, Germany), Working Group 
Post-Growth Economies

Session organizers:
Julia Affolderbach, Hull/UK 
Rob Krueger, Worcester,MA/USA (krue...@wpi.edu<mailto:krue...@wpi.edu>)
Christian Schulz, Luxembourg 

Call for papers

Debates around the capacity of and limits to the current capitalist mode of 
production have led many to reconceptualize economic models and to rethink how 
development occurs in practice. One widely promoted strategy within these 
debates is the ‘green economy’.  The idea of a green economy is not new as 
illustrated by the spread of eco-industrial parks, green clusters, carbon 
finance and clean technologies. The green economy in practice is often reduced 
to financial and technological fixes through the diffusion, adoption and 
mainstreaming of green innovations and technologies or to new green products, 
services, and markets that sustain the growth imperative of the capitalist 

This session explores alternative green economies by bringing together work on 
actually existing alternative practices, experiments and economies that break 
free from the described current paradigms of greening and speak to emerging 
de-growth debates.  We are looking for examples of new, alternative, diverse, 
and socially just conceptions of the economy (in a wider sense) and economic 
development both in the global North and South.
We are particularly interested in empirically grounded case studies including, 
but not restricted to:
-       the dematerialization of production (and consumption)
-       alternatives in agriculture and food production and provision
-       green services & manufacturing
-       alternative finance
-       building construction and urban infrastructures
-       energy demand and supply
-       different forms of sharing economies
-       social and solidarity economy
-       commons, cooperatives and new forms of organizations
-       hybrid organizations
-       bottom-up and grassroots alternatives
-       environmental justice-driven development (including pro-poor growth)

Abstract submission is now open (until March 15, 2018):

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