[Ideas Festival] Christian Arnsperger: The Donut Decade, What Sustainability (Really) Means

  • 02/12/2022
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Full Circle House, 89 Ch. de Vleurgat, 1050 Ixelles


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The Donut Decade: What Sustainability (Really) Means

With economist Christian Arnsperger

 IDEAS FESTIVAL   / Fri 2 Dec / 6:30 - 8:00 PM

(Events are free all weekend, with a Festival Pass. Get it here!)

Kate Raworth’s famous 'doughnut economics' model, has marked a pivotal time of reflection in economics, calling for a deep questioning of the principle of economic growth. The current economic model has driven societies to extract more resources and produce more products than needed, exploiting labour and nature far beyond their limits. 

Economist Christian Arnsperger sees the way ahead towards a genuinely circular economy and sustainable lifestyles. Delving into existential economics and the concept of perma-circularity, he envisions an economy in which growth is no longer the imperative, but rather an occasional tool used towards more important goals: the nurturing, protection and regeneration of our natural, social and cultural capital. Hear from him how to get there.



Christian Arnsperger is an economist and Professor of Sustainability and Economic Anthropology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His research focuses on social ethics, economic epistemology and on the transition from today's unsustainable economic system to a plurality of sustainable alternatives. A specialist of post-consumerist/ post-growth economic alternatives and of the link between ecological transition and the change of mentalities and lifestyles, he is also a former scientific adviser to the Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS). He was previously Hoover Chair for Economic and Social Ethics in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. 


Écologie intégrale, Pour une société permacirculaire (2017); Full-Spectrum Economics: Toward an inclusive and emancipatory social science (2010); Éthique de l'existence post-capitaliste (2009); L'économie c'est nous, Pour un savoir citoyen (2006); Critique de l'existence capitaliste, Pur une étique existentielle de l'économie (2005); Étique économique et sociale (2003).

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