Public Lecture: From economic growth to socio-ecological transformation: Rethinking visions of economy and work under SDG 8 (Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, PhD)
From economic growth to socio-ecological transformation: Rethinking visions of economy and work under SDG 8
Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, PhD, Project Coordinator at Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University
This lecture critically analyses SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth) and its targets, and suggests how the economy and work could be reoriented towards socio-ecological transformation. First, it problematises the goal of economic growth, which is not compatible with ecological sustainability due to the impossibility of decoupling GDP growth from material and energy throughput. It also pays attention to injustices entangled with the pursuit of growth and scrutinises the sectors that are expected to expand, such as tourism, finance and industrial activity. Second, the understanding of work under SDG8 is discussed, arguing that the pursuit of growth makes work unsustainable and unjust, while the current targets address the symptoms rather than underlying causes of the problems with work. Third, instead of economic growth, socio-ecological transformation is argued to be a more fitting orientation for societies. In line with this goal, a vision of regenerative economy focused on well-being, sufficiency and equity is formulated, followed by a vision of work that emphasises work in regenerative activities, its democratisation, and working less. In conclusion, it is suggested that the overall framework of Agenda 2030 needs to focus on well-being rather than the growth-focused and western notion of development, and an alternative to SDG8 is articulated.
Time & Location
Jun 20, 2022 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM