2012 conference“How can transformative learning for sustainable development foster the doughnut economy?” That is the question raised for the next CA Conference, which will be hosted by our new member Hasselt University. Taking into account current global circumstances, UHasselt and CA have decided to split the conference in two: On 9 December 2021, a virtual teaser event will be held and in the week from 5-9 September 2022, Hasselt University will welcome participants to a physical conference in Belgium. Please save the dates!

“It’s the economy, stupid!” (Clinton, 1992) versus “It’s the planet, stupid!” (Thunberg, 2019): The economy and sustainability have long been considered enemies, until Kate Raworth published her bestselling Doughnut Economics in 2017. Her book tries to solve the apparent dilemma in the much contested SDG number 8: decent work and economic growth. According to Raworth, it does not matter whether the economy grows or not, as long as it provides “a safe and just place for humanity” (Raworth, 2017). In the end, that is exactly what transformative learning for sustainable development wants to achieve.

Whether you are an economist or not, we need all of you to provide answers to this question. After all, it is all of us who shape the economy, no matter what discipline and profession we are trained in. Chemists, mathematicians, social scientists, teachers, consumers, producers, citizens, volunteers – we are all part of the economy. We would like to meet beyond our ‘natural borders’ and discuss with you both research- and practice-related issues in order to co-create a doughnut economy.

We invite you to two events hosted by Hasselt University in cooperation with the COPERNICUS Alliance. Take your diary and mark the following dates in the color of your favorite doughnut:

  • Virtual online teaser for the real stuff: 9 December 2021 (afternoon)
  • Physical conference in Hasselt, Belgium: week of 5-9 September 2022