Research and Degrowth
François Schneider is a degrowth researcher and activist who has helped launch the degrowth movement in France and Europe. He worked on the development of Life Cycle Assessment and recycling methodology at INSA (Lyon) and the CML (Holland) and then, after finishing his PhD, on material flow and rebound effects at institutes in Austria and Portugal. In 2004-05 he did a one year tour of France by donkey to debate degrowth. Since founding Research and Degrowth in 2006, François has organised many participative processes events, including the first and second scientific conferences on Degrowth for Sustainability and Equity (Paris, 2008, Barcelona, 2010). He is now based in Can Decreix, a project of the degrowth hub in Cerbere, France.
Research & Degrowth, (R&D) is an academic association dedicated to research, awareness raising and events organization around the topic of degrowth. R&D defines degrowth as a a multi-level voluntary path towards reduction of production and consumption aiming at ecological sustainability, good life, liberty and social justice. For R&D degrowth is grounded in ecology, ecological economics, anthropology, psychology and social sciences in general. In the degrowth process R&D is concerned with democracy, international cooperation and understanding as opposed to societal closure, fragmentation and authoritarianism.
R&D strives to bring scientists, civil society, practitioners and activists together to think, imagine, discuss and create proposals for sustainable degrowth.