PEN organises regular seminars to discuss research contributions from PEN members as well as from external speakers. The seminars usually last 90 min and can take different formats, for example a research presentation followed by discussion or short contributions discussing a topic from different perspectives.

Details on upcoming seminars will be announced through the mailing list. External participants are welcome to join (contact us to register).

We are always looking for new suggestions. Please contact us if you want to present your research or have an idea for a seminar topic.

Upcoming seminars

Fiscal policy for a post-growth economy and the transition 

Details: Tuesday, 9th of November, 4:00-5:30 pm CET (UTC+1)

We are very excited to invite you to a discussion on fiscal policy in a post-growth economy and the transition towards it, jointly organised by ZOE and PEN. With the workshop we want to provide a space in which we can explore how fiscal policy can work in a post-growth world. The aim is to gather and structure the collective knowledge in this group on this topic. In the workshop we will identify constraining factors for government spending in degrowth/post-growth scenarios, potential solutions to deal with these constraints, existing research on the topic and open questions that need further research. Structuring our collective knowledge will help to build a solid foundation for further research and identify clearly where there are knowledge gaps.

Format: 2-3 short presentations to set the scene (speakers tbc) followed by a facilitated group discussion.

Previous Seminars

Justice as a Social Bargain and Optimisation Problem. Andreas Siemoneit, 30th of September 2021, link to working paper

Does monetary hierarchy cause ecologically unequal exchange? Christopher Olk, 29th of July 2021

Relationship-to-Profit Theory: A New Way of Understanding the Economy. Jennifer Hinton, 27th of May 2021

Discussion: Is there a monetary growth imperative? Speakers: Christian Arnsperger and Louison Cahen-Fourot. Moderated by Anja Janischewski, 26th of April

Interest-bearing loans and unpayable debts in slow-growing economies: insights from ten historical cases. Tilman Hartley, 25th of March 2021