Steffen Lange

Steffen Lange
Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin, Germany; Humboldt University Berlin; Technical University Berlin

Dr. rer. pol.

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January 2018 - present
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Affiliated Scholar
January 2018 - present
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Affiliated Scholar
January 2018 - present
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Affiliated Scholar
Education
May 2012 - April 2016
University of Hamburg
Field of study
  • Economics
October 2008 - November 2010
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Field of study
  • International Economics
July 2007 - December 2007

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Publications (41)
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Most models that try to explain economic growth indicate exponential growth paths. In recent years, however, a lively discussion has emerged considering the validity of this notion. In the empirical literature dealing with drivers of economic growth, the majority of articles is based upon an implicit assumption of exponential growth. Few scholarly...
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How does increasing digitalization affect the environment? A number of studies predict that digitalization will ultimately reduce environmental degradation but seem to overestimate the emission-reducing effects of digitalization through increases in resource efficiency, while underestimating substantial rebound effects and negative environmental im...
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This article investigates the effect of digitalization on energy consumption. Using an analytical model, we investigate four effects: (1) direct effects from the production, usage and disposal of information and communication technologies (ICT), (2) energy efficiency increases from digitalization, (3) economic growth from increases in labor and ene...
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Energy efficiency policies leading to energy demand reductions are a crucial component of ambitious energy transition strategies. However, rebound effects have been suggested to reduce energy demand reductions from energy efficiency improvements. Such effects have been studied extensively in the literature, but there has been less focus on the ques...
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ICT hold significant potential to increase resource and energy efficiencies and contribute to a circular economy. Yet unresolved is whether the aggregated net effect of ICT overall mitigates or aggravates environmental burdens. While the savings potentials have been explored, drivers that prevent these and possible counter measures have not been re...
Technical Report
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Welche Relevanz besitzt Wirtschaftswachstum für das Erreichen umweltpolitischer Ziele? Der Bericht analysiert die Argumente verschiedener Positionen in diesem Diskurs und formuliert eine idealtypische „vorsorgeorientierte Postwachstumsposition“. Er präsentiert zudem Ursachen von Wirtschaftswachstum und identifiziert gesellschaftliche Bereiche, dere...
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"This is one of the most important pieces of research to come out in ecological macroeconomics in the last 20 years, alongside Peter Victor's 'Managing Without Growth', and Tim Jackson's 'Prosperity Without Growth'. It is the first and only attempt to systematically work out the conditions for zero growth under different economic models.” (Giorgos...
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Green growth, a-growth, post-growth and degrowth are prominent concepts on the role of economic growth for achieving environmental sustainability. In this article, we investigate the attitudes of environmental protection specialists towards these concepts by conducting a survey with employees of the German Environment Agency (UBA). We develop three...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Die Debatte über die Beziehung zwischen Wirtschaftswachstum und Umwelt hat eine lange und kontroverse Geschichte. Der folgende Beitrag versucht auf die Frage, wie eine nachhaltige Wirtschaft ohne Wachstum aussehen könnte, eine Antwort zu geben.
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Zusammenfassung Digitale Technologien können eine regionale bzw. lokale Produktion durch uneingeschränkten Zugang zu Informationen und Märkten attraktiver und auch kostengünstiger machen. Zugleich ermöglichen digitale Technologien neue Kommunikationsweisen, die mehr Mitsprache, offenere Märkte und eine Begegnung von Marktteilnehmenden ‚auf Augenhöh...
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Literature on the rebound phenomenon has grown significantly over the last decade. However, the field is characterized by diverse and ambiguous definitions and by substantial discrepancies in empirical estimates and policy proposals. As a result, cumulative knowledge production is difficult. To address these issues, this article develops a novel ty...
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Rebound-Mechanismen tragen dazu bei, dass Umweltziele nicht erreicht werden. Gleichzeitig gehen sie mit Wirtschaftswachstum einher. Bedeutet dies, dass wir mit weniger Wachstum leben müssen, um Rebound-Effekte zu verhindern und damit Umweltziele zu erreichen?
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Growth-independent areas are a prerequisite in enabling the environmental policies needed to prevent environmental depletion. Yet, digitalisation is reshaping our economy in a way that could both hamper and benefit growth-independent areas.
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Digitalization can increase resource and energy productivities. However, the production and usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs) require materials and energy, and the application of ICTs fosters economic growth. This paper examines whether digitalization helps or hinders an absolute decoupling of environmental throughput from...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Senkt oder erhöht die digitale Transformation die Nachfrage nach Elektrizität? Dieser Frage ging ein junges Forscherteam des Instituts für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung und der Technischen Universität Berlin nach. Sie sehen die Annahme, Digitalisierung sei ein wichtiger Treiber, um Treibhausgasemissionen zu senken, kritisch.
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Die Annahme, dass wirtschaftliches Wachstum per se wünschenswert sei, ist tief im wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Mainstream verankert. Stabiles Nullwachstum lässt sich innerhalb einflussreicher neoklassischer Theorien jedoch grundsätzlich abbilden, zum Beispiel durch eine Veränderung des technologischen Wandels hin zu einem Fokus auf die Steigerung...
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This is the first output for a 3-year research project (ReCap), which is focusing on economy-wide rebound effects and how to mitigate them through policy action. This discussion paper has been written collectively by the research team and has two aims: One is to develop a systematic understanding of the various kinds of rebound effects that are dis...
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The report has made essential contributions to the understanding of what growth independence is, why we need it and what it could look like. We desperately need more such research, in particular on obstacles to a rapid transformation and on the role of inequality.
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While transdisciplinarity offers a way to tackle complex social-ecological challenges, transdisciplinary research is a challenging task in itself. The integration of research methods across academic disciplines, the collaboration between researchers and practitioners, and the need to balance societal and disciplinary academic impacts pose many diff...
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Scholars and activists mobilize increasingly the term degrowth when producing knowledge critical of the ideology and costs of growth-based development. Degrowth signals a radical political and economic reorganization leading to reduced resource and energy use. The degrowth hypothesis posits that such a trajectory of social transformation is necessa...
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Große Fragen wie ‚Postwachstum für den Globalen Süden?‘ und ‚Degrowth im Kapitalismus?‘ standen im Mittelpunkt der fünften Degrowth-Konferenz. Neben den inhaltlichen Diskussionen ist nun auch eine Debatte über die Zukunft der Degrowth- Bewegung entbrannt.
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Ist es realistisch zu erwarten, dass Unternehmen postwachstumsorientiert handeln? Makroökonomische Theorien legen nahe, hierauf mit „eher nicht“ zu antworten. Der Grund: Die derzeitigen wirtschaftspolitischen Rahmenbedingungen setzen die falschen Anreize. Sie belohnen die Unternehmen, die soziale und ökologische Kosten externalisieren, energie- und...
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Die Digitalisierung der Wirtschaft ist in vollem Gange. Doch das Potenzial dieses Prozesses für eine sozial-ökologische Gesellschaftstransformation ist noch unterbeleuchtet. Drei Fragen bringen Licht in das Dunkel.
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Welche Rolle spielen Unternehmen bei der Frage, wie eine Wirtschaft ohne Wachstum stabil organisiert werden kann? Eine Antwort aus neoklassischer, keynesianischer und wettbewerbstheoretischer Sicht.
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in diesem Bild sind Unternehmen und Projekte der Soli-darischen Ökonomie. Das Bild der Postwachstumsöko-nomie wird ohne die Solidarische Ökonomie nicht zu-sammengesetzt werden können. Gleichzeitig kann sich die Solidarische Ökonomie nur in Kombination mit den anderen Puzzlestücken der Postwachstums-ökonomie voll entfalten. Der Unterschied zwischen...

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In the last 40 years, considerable progress in efficiency improvements has been achieved. Nevertheless, the total energy consumption in Germany has not been decreasing accordingly. So-called rebound effects work in such ways that the theoretical technical saving potential is not achieved, since direct and indirect effects of the efficiency improvement can lead to higher energy consumption. The central research question of the ReCap project is which macroeconomic effects result from such rebounds, especially because energy as a production factor has been playing a key role for economic growth. Against this background, the project examines the relation between macroeconomic rebound effects and economic growth.
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Economy and society are facing fundamental structural change that is largely driven by the digitalization of production and consumption. Concepts such as the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) or (in Germany) ‘Industry 4.0’ are regarded as new strategies for economic growth. Respective social and ecological impacts, however, have not yet been comprehensively investigated. The research group will empirically analyze potential rebound risks and identify opportunities for sufficiency of digital services in the three areas of mobility, food consumption/commerce, and housing (SmartHome). The PhD and habilitation projects will also develop policy tools and governance instruments designing digitalization in a way that contributes to a social-ecological transformation into a degrowth society. The project is a joint research project of the Technical University of Berlin and the Institute for Ecological Economy Research in cooperation with partners from industry, policy-making and trade unions.