The long-held hope that economic growth can be made sustainable or climate-friendly through technological progress is crumbling. Moreover, a system trimmed to permanent economic expansion does not seem to be a guarantor of stability and social security. Climate change, the extinction of species, the scarcity of those resources on whose inexpensive availability the industrial model of prosperity has so far been based, findings of happiness research, but especially also the Corona pandemic and the economic consequences of the Ukraine war show that the growth orientation is nearing its end. Consequently, the possibilities of a post-growth economy need to be explored. Accordingly, a concise dismantling of money-based supply systems is needed. Sufficiency, modern subsistence and shorter supply chains will then be important design options. Moreover, the post-growth economy is characterised by a tendency towards more sedentary lifestyles.
apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech studied economics, received his PhD in 1993, habilitated in 2005 and represented the Chair of Production and Environment at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg from 2008 to 2016. He currently researches and teaches at the University of Siegen in the master’s program in Plural Economics. His main research interests are post-growth economics, climate change mitigation, sustainable consumption, sustainable supply chain management, sustainability communication and innovation management. He is active in various sustainability-oriented research projects, networks, initiatives as well as cooperatives.