In this outlet I explore post-growth economy, work and livelihoods duirng my 4-year postdoctoral research project that started in January 2017 and is funded by Nessling Foundation and Kone Foundation. This space documents my path during the project, but also functions as a platform to write about my own work as a self-employed researcher.
The official title of my project is
Social entrepreneurship for post-growth societies in the global North:An ethnographic participatory study of self-employment practices for ecologically and socially just world
but I have shortened it to ‘post-growth work’. My study contributes to the growing transdisciplinary research project challenging economic growth as an imperative. Such research is not only abstract and conceptual, but focuses on empirical examples beyond activities dominated by economic growth. Many political, practical, and ideological alternatives are ignored with the argument that they do not focus on economic growth.
This study promotes space for open discussions about taken-for-granted assumptions on increasing well-being based solely on economic growth. Many contemporary movements, such as social entrepreneurship or post-growth/degrowth, may be downplayed as utopian while the practitioners and activists already (partially) lead their lives based on their own (differing) understandings. In the times of mounting ecological and social imbalances we cannot afford to push already practiced suggestions aside without allowing them to be explored. For a longer postdoctoral research plan and publications, visit my ResearchGate.
Increasingly, I wish to engage in visual work, which is one important element in my postdoctoral research. The stream of images about my research journey can be followed via Instragram account @eevahoutbeckers.