Library Talk on “Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives”

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•03•30    18:00 - 19:30

    On 30 March 2016, the UNU Library will host a launch of the book Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives by Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (Zed Books, February 2016).

    The discourse of “green growth” has recently gained ground in environmental governance deliberations and policy proposals. It is presented as a fresh and innovative agenda centered on the deployment of engineering sophistication, managerial acumen and market mechanisms to redress the environmental and social derelictions of the existing development model. But the green growth project is deeply inadequate, whether assessed against criteria of social justice or the achievement of sustainable economic life upon a materially finite planet.

    This volume outlines three main lines of critique. First, it traces the development of the green growth discourse in the capacity of ideology. It asks: what explains modern society’s investment in it, why has it emerged as a master concept in the contemporary conjuncture, and what social forces does it serve? Second, it unpicks and explains the contradictions within a series of prominent green growth projects. Finally, it weighs the merits and demerits of alternative strategies and policies, asking the vital question: “If not green growth, then what?”


    This Library Talk is open to the public. It will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advanced registration is required (by 4:00 PM on 29 March 2016). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    You may also register by contacting the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira is MIT-UTM Visiting Scholar (2015–2016) and was assistant director and senior research fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) (2009–2015). He is also faculty member of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil (FGV) and Fudan University (China), and Visiting Research Fellow at UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur. Previously, he worked at the University College London (UK). His experience comprises research work in more than 20 countries in all continents as well experience as an instructor, consultant and researcher for several organizations including United Nations agencies, the OECD, the World Bank Institute, state and national governments, and various NGOs and small and large firms in the private sector. He has published eight books and more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Puppim de Oliveira holds a PhD in Planning from MIT.


    Christopher Doll is a Research Fellow at UNU-IAS. He has a broad range of research interests with a focus on sustainable urban development. His recent work has explored how cities can shift local development patterns to more sustainable pathways in various different sectors such as transport, energy, waste and biodiversity and their connection to human health. His latest project investigates how to build cooperation in low-carbon technology. Dr. Doll is originally from the United Kingdom and holds a joint bachelor’s degree in geography and mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London, MSc and PhD degrees in remote sensing from University College London. Prior to joining UNU, he has held academic positions at Columbia University in New York (CIESIN) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

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