Society & Space’s Open Forum has a special issue on Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth.

Since the last economic recession, discussions about how to reimagine ecologically and socially just economies have proliferated. A recent conversation at the 2015 American Association of Geographers Conference in Chicago focused on the role of waste, pollution, and other discarded materials that pose fundamental problems for economic production in these imaginaries. We are pleased to announce a series of short, open-source publications on Society and Space Open Forum that look at the intersection of discards, diverse economies, and degrowth. They will query how different regimes of value and circulation can redefine waste, and how the material agencies of waste will shape future economies.

The issue includes:

 Why Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth? By Josh Lepawsky and Max Liboiron

An Ethics of Surplus and the Right to Waste By Max Liboiron

Diverse Economies of Urban Mining in Australia By Ruth Lane

Exchange and refurbish: practicing decoloniality through rethinking discards and degrowth By Erin Araujo

Reimagining the New Industrial City: articulating an alternative ethos of waste and production through ‘closing the loop’ By Ingrid Elísabet Feeney

If you are interested in any of these topics, we look forward to receiving comments from you on the site!

Network analysis of academic articles on degrowth and their keywords. By Josh Lepawsky.

Network analysis of academic articles on degrowth and their keywords. By Josh Lepawsky.