Ben Robra

Ben Robra
University of Vigo | UVIGO · Postgrowth Innovation Lab

PhD
Researching everything degrowth and postgrowth around innovation, technology, and organisation.

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Introduction
I am a Postdoc researcher at the Postgrowth Innovation Lab at the University of Vigo. My work focuses on degrowth and postgrowth in connection to organisations, innovation, and technology. My interests are particularly on alternative modes of production and organisations and how they might help to achieve a sustainable degrowth society.

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This chapter investigates the relationship between business and a strongly sustainable society by framing it as a question. It argues that even though such a relationship is far from straightforward, in simple yes-and-no terms, the answer to the question of whether business and a strongly sustainable society can co-exist is ‘no’. This is because bu...
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Capitalism is evidently the main cause of ecological degradation, climate change and social inequality. Degrowth as a counter-hegemony opposes the capitalist imperatives of economic growth and capital accumulation and radically seeks to transform society towards sustainability. This has strong political economic implications. Economic organisations...
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This thesis identifies a research gap on the role of economic organisations in connection to degrowth and problematises that past research fails to view economic organisations as encompassed by capitalist structures. The thesis seeks to contribute to the degrowth discourse by filling part of this research gap by researching the role of economic org...
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Degrowth advocates radical reduction in society's matter-energy throughput. Organisations have received little attention in this discourse. In the context of sustainability much emphasis has been put on the concept of eco-efficiency, disregarding the rebound effect. In contrast, eco-sufficiency emphasises producing and consuming enough. This articl...
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The urgency to address the issues of the Anthropocene, characterised by severe ecological degradation, capitalism and economic growth, calls for a fundamental revision of the ways the economies operate. In this paper we envision the intentionally brought to existence epoch of the Post-Anthropocene to be that of recovery and co-existence between hum...

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Organisations, albeit defining how society produces and consumes, are very little researched in the degrowth discourse. The aim of my PhD is to partially fill this research gap of organisational studies in connection to degrowth. The research uses and combines Gramsci's theory of hegemony and Luhmann's social systems theory to achieve a novel perspective on organisations and how they can contribute to achieving a sustainable degrowth society. The core idea is a perspective on organisations that are encompassed and embedded in society taking socio-political dynamics into account.