No rest for the two young researchers Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Alexander Paulsson who are highly involved and responsible of a new research group (Sustainability, Ecology and Economy), an interfaculty project on Degrowth and the LUSEM Film club.
Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Alexander Paulsson outside their workplace School of Economics and Management.
Photo: Anna Löthman
No rest for the two young researchers Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Alexander Paulsson who are highly involved and responsible of a new research group, an interfaculty project on degrowth and the LUSEM Film club.
Ekaterina and Alexander, researchers at the School of Economics and Management and the Department of Business Administration, are busy at the moment. Already involved in research and teaching they started the LUSEM film club in 2014. Focusing on issues such as sustainability, corporate misbehaviour, social inequalities and the consumer society, they could tell what great interest there was for these themes to be discussed more within the school. This led to the foundation of SEE, the Sustainability, Ecology and Economy group, early in 2015.
The SEE group was thus formed as a result of a common interest of researchers at LUSEM to address social and ecological issues connected to economics and management. The research within the group will critically analyse the world we live in and explore attempts for social transformation.
And just recently Ekaterina and Alexander received some really good news; their application for a Pufendorf project on degrowth has been approved! Starting this autumn they will bring together eleven researchers representing four faculties and seven departments/research institutes. The project will explore how society could be organized if economic growth is no longer an overriding social and political objective. A common misconception about degrowth is that it calls for negative economic growth and would involve a return to pre-modern living conditions. In fact degrowth offers new ways of understanding and thinking about prosperity, being an umbrella term for various social movements, ways of living and organising, and research. Ekaterina and Alexander will act as coordinators of the project.
Without a doubt, this is not the last to hear from Ekaterina and Alexander, two scholars with forthcoming research being multidisciplinary and highly topical.