Cover photo of the current issue titeled "A future without growth"


The Research Magazine.
Cover photo of the current issue titeled "A future without growth"
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

Feature: »A future without growth«

We cannot carry on as we are: We are running out of time to tackle climate change; raw materials and fossil fuels are dwindling; and the older population in industrialized countries is growing. While in the past every crisis could be overcome by opening up new markets and resources and introducing new products and structures, the concept of perpetual growth has finally reached its limits. But what now? What will the world be like without growth? How will our living environment change with industry sectors falling by the wayside, skilled labour lacking, and young people moving away from entire regions? Sociologists from the University of Jena, alongside experts from other disci­plines, are thoroughly addressing these questions and taking an analytical and critical look at our future.critical look at our future.



Dr Karina Becker has been the scientific director of the »Post-Growth Societies« research group.
Are we prepared for the »great transformation«?
Prof. Dr Klaus Dörre is a sociologist who researches and teaches on the change in working society.
Growth has become obsolete as an economic criterion
Blick in den ehemaligen Braunkohletagebau Cottbus-Nord, im Hintergrund das Braunkohle-Kraftwerk Jänschwalde (Foto vom 20.10.2019).
A »deep drilling operation« in the lignite district of Lusatia
Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner  erforscht und lehrt Mikroökonomik an der  Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena und ist  Vizepräsident für wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs und Gleichstellung.
Economists are calling for more state control of the economy.
Prof. Dr. Silke van Dyk (r.) und Tine Haubner (l.) , Soziologinnen auf dem Campus der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena
How charity work is becoming a state-sponsored black market.
This rural idyll is missing a touch of life.
Why people in East Germany feel disadvantaged.
Prof. Dr Norbert Frei teaches modern and contemporary history at the University of Jena.
Historian Prof. Dr. Norbert Frei analyses the success of the AfD.
Forest cover of the Hainich National Park near Kammerforst. Heavily damaged tree tops in grey.
Effects of climate change on Germany's largest deciduous forest.

Further topics

Ocean. Life threatening manoeuvres under its surface - at least for diatoms.
A team of researchers from Jena and Frankfurt/Main resolves how egg fungis attack algaes.​
Life in a mining desert
Life in a mining desert
Magdalena Steinhöfel as an »Engel am Zug« at Erfurt Central Station.
Magdalena on track
Thousands of citizens protest in Jena, undated photo from 1990.
Jena remained quiet for a while

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