Economics for Activists 3 - Beth Stratford

26 January 2021, Starts: 19:30

Tuesday 26 January       7.30          online


Session 3 of Economics for Activists with Beth Stratford


Beth Stratford will talk about how we might manage our economy within environmental limits. She’ll introduce us to concepts of de-growth, green growth, decoupling and the rebound effect so that we can get abreast of these debates among green economists. Along the way she’ll explain how debt, inequality and rent extraction contribute to our current system's need for growth.

Beth is a Fellow at the New Economics Foundation, Research Fellow at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and PhD Researcher at Leeds University. She is co-author of 'Land For The Many' and recently completed these two influential papers: Green growth vs degrowth: are we missing the point? and A Doughnut-shaped Recovery. In 2012 she organised the Just Banking conference for Friends of the Earth Scotland.

See also   Green Growth vs Degrowth: Are We Missing the Point?

Richard Murphy’s presentation from Session 2 is on Youtube:

Laurie Macfarlane’s presentation in Session 1 is on Youtube:-


There’s an urgent need to support economic literacy across Scotland, particularly amongst environmental and social activists, so that we are all better placed to challenge the status quo and actively participate in developing alternatives. While increasing numbers of people are convinced of the need for system change, most of us have very limited understanding of how current economic and financial systems work and maintain business as usual. This makes it very difficult to challenge economic orthodoxy.

As a start, we are offering this short interactive online programme of webinars to generate discussion and which enables participants to gain confidence for critical engagement and action. The sessions will consist of a 30-40 minute talk followed by a Q&A and breakouts in which participants discuss what they have heard. We are inviting speakers who have a ‘big picture’ grasp of economics from a radical perspective and who have proposals for how to leverage transformation to respond to the following questions:

• How does economics work and why isn’t it getting us the results we want?

• What other ways can we organise our economies that would work better?

• What practical initiatives or experiments are showing how this could work?


The programme is primarily intended for activists wanting to radically transform the system, so if you are involved in environmental, labour, social justice, human rights or peace campaigning we hope that you will join us.
Economics for Activists
C/O Foe Scotland, 5 Rose
5 Rose Street, Edinburgh
Street, Somerset EH2 2PR 
United Kingdom



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