The Moral Urgency of Degrowth w/ Timothée Parrique & Yusra Bitar

Joey is joined by French economist and researcher Timothée Parrique and Lebanese researcher Yusra Bitar to talk about why tackling our world’s most pressing challenges must include conversations around degrowth.

Timothée Parrique is a researcher at the School of Economics and Management of Lund University (Sweden) and is the lead author of “⁠Decoupling debunked – Evidence and arguments against green growth⁠” (2019), a report published by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). He is also author of ⁠Ralentir ou périr. L’économie de la décroissance⁠ (September 2022, Seuil), a wide-audience book adaptation of his PhD dissertation.

Yusra Bitar is the Lebanon Research Fellow with the Environmental Politics program at the ⁠Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)⁠.

Yusra and Joey are also both Fellows of the ⁠Post Growth Institute⁠ (2022 and 2023 respectively).

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Episode Credits

Host: Joey Ayoub
Producer: Joey Ayoub
Music: Rap and Revenge
Main theme design: Wenyi Geng
Sound editor: Artin Salimi
Episode design: Joey Ayoub

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