Episode 2.11: Growth, Degrowth, Agrowth
Susan Paulson explores how class, gender, and ethnoracial systems interact with environments. She has researched and taught in Latin America for thirty years, fifteen of those living in South America among low-impact communities. Currently based at the University of Florida, Susan delights in conversation across difference within and beyond the classroom, and especially in workshops she has facilitated in 15 countries. Some aspects of a collaborative learning journey are discussed in her article Pluriversal learning: Pathways toward a world of many worlds. Susan participates in Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA), has written on Degrowth: culture, power and change, and co-authored The Case for Degrowth. Her ongoing learning about changing relations between masculinities and environment in varied Latin American contexts is shared in books written in Spanish and in English.
Bengi Akbulut is an assistant professor at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University. She received her B.A. from Bogazici University, Istanbul (2004), and PhD from University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2011), both in economics. Her joint and independent work appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Peasant Studies, Development and Change, Environment and Planning, Ecological Economics, and Geoforum among others. Her research is broadly within political economy and ecological economics. She has written on the critiques of developmentalism and economic growth in general, and the interlinks between developmentalism and state hegemony in Turkey in particular. A significant part of her work within the last 5 years has focused on economic alternatives, including community economies, commons and degrowth.