Equity, consumption, and the path to sustainable welfare

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»Equity, consumption, and the path to sustainable welfare«

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, we held the ninth event of the Speaker Series ‘Social Policy Unpacked: Exploring pathways for fair green and digital transitions’, co-hosted by the ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies and the European Commission (DG EMPL).

Prof. Milena Buchs (University of Leeds) shared insights into the vision behind the transformation to sustainable welfare, and what this means for energy consumption and inequality.

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We live in societies with high levels of inequality – but how can we sustainably foster opportunities and resources for all? Sustainable welfare (or eco-social policy) utilises both ecological and social perspectives to answer this question. Considering both the role of redistributive and predistributive measures, can welfare fix the problems growth creates? This talk will use the lens of sustainable welfare to further explore the issues of energy inequality and poverty, as well as the role of public attitudes.

Questions discussed further in the talk include:

  • How can we create growth-independent welfare states?
  • Can limiting high levels of energy consumption create opportunities to address energy poverty?
  • What can we learn from public attitudes towards equality and the energy transition?

Prof Milena Buchs

Professor of Sustainable Welfare, University of Leeds

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May 24, 2023 @ 15:00 - 16:00


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