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De-Growth, alternative ideas for developing depopulating rural areas

Online seminar with Dr Thilo Lang und Prof Dr Tialda Haartsen

We are living in an urban age with cities and capital regions as hotspots of innovation, new technologies and emerging industries. A lot of people think that life chances and economic opportunities can best be realised in cities. All this leads to an increase of socio-spatial differences, with a small number of globally networked, successful regions and a growing number of regions without clear perspectives for development – often characterised by a shrinking economic and population base.

In this online seminar, Dr Thilo Lang, head of the department of Regional Geography of Europe at the IfL will raise some alternative ideas for development. Such different forms of development should be considered by those regions which cannot or do not want to participate in the current form of capitalist global knowledge economy. After presenting some of the key processes of the global knowledge economy, he will discuss alternative options around ideas of de-growth, post-development, alternative currencies, social/ solidarity/ community economies, alternative networks of trade and regional circular economies.

Tialda Haartsen, professor in Rural Geography at the University of Groningen will introduce Thilo Lang, and will reflect on the potential use of his ideas in depopulating rural areas in the North of the Netherlands.

After their presentations the participants are invited to join the discussion.

Date: 10 September 2020, 15:00 – 16:30

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