Sustainable Welfare beyond Growth

Time: Wednesday 13 March, 2019 at 15.00–16.30
Location: Auditorium, Kela Main Office Building, Nordenskiöldinkatu 12, Helsinki or online


Coffee and vegetarian snacks will be served from 14.30 on.

What are the challenges of sustainable welfare for all, and are there ways to overcome them? In his lecture, Professor Max Koch tackles these burning questions of the era of climate change.


Please sign up for the lecture by 11.3.2019.

Online participation

You can watch the seminar also online. No registration required.

Sustainable Welfare beyond Growth

A deprioritization of economic growth in policy making in developed nations will need to be part of a global effort to tackle climate change and reembed economy and society into planetary boundaries. The presentation introduces the concept of 'sustainable welfare', which integrates environmental sustainability and social welfare research. Central to this concept is the notion of human needs and how these could be satisfied for everyone, now and in future, within planetary limits and beyond growth.

The contribution presents recent research results, addresses structural challenges to degrowth and sustainable welfare such as the hegemony of the growth paradigm and the manifold and complex links between growth, existing societal institutions and agency. It proposes that deliberative and participatory forums can help critically review present needs satisfiers, behaviours, and infrastructures, and lead to adaptations in long-term policy planning.

The lecture and following discussion will be held in English.

Max Koch is Professor of Social Policy at Lund University. His research has dealt with patterns of capitalist restructuring and their implications on social inequality, welfare and employment relations and the environment. His current work addresses sustainable welfare and Degrowth/Postgrowth societies.

His books include
Capitalism and Climate Change: Theoretical Discussion, Historical Development and Policy Responses (Palgrave 2012)

Non-Standard Employment in Europe: Paradigms, Prevalence and Policy Responses (co-edited with Martin Fritz; Palgrave 2013)

Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare (coedited with Oksana Mont; Routledge 2016) Postgrowth and Wellbeing: Challenges to Sustainable Welfare (with Milena Büchs; Palgrave 2017)

For more information about his research see