Fenner Conference on the Environment

Thursday, 2 October 2014 – Friday, 3 October 2014  |  Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building

2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment
Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia
Oct 2-3 Tyree Room, Scientia Building, UNSW

See Program AND Speaker bios and abstracts HERE


Download the Addicted to growth? publication PDF  HERE

Novelist Edward Abbey once noted that 'Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell'. Our economy is meant to be a ‘servant of society’, not its master, yet is this true today? On a finite planet nothing physical can keep on growing forever - yet that is the ideology of the ‘endless growth’ neoclassical economics that now dominates the thinking of most governments and business. This has led to a rapidly worsening environmental crisis that degrades the nature on which we all depend. We cannot keep avoiding talking about this issue – hence the need for such a conference.

The 2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment Addicted to Growth? How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia,  will explore the vision and process for moving towards a steady state economy, where neither our population nor our use of energy, materials and land keeps on growing. We hope you will join us to discuss this key driver behind the environmental crisis.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Brian Czech from the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy in Washington.
Local speakers will include Dr Richard Denniss from the Australia Institute, Dr Carmen Lawrence from the University of Western Australia, Prof.  Robert Costanza and Prof. Steve Dovers from ANU, Prof Ian Lowe from Griffith University, Dr Graham Turner from Melbourne University,
A/Prof Mark Diesendorf
from UNSW and Dick Smith, businessman and author of ‘Australia’s Population Crisis’.

International speakers joining us on video will include Joshua Farley (father of the term ‘steady state’ economy), Prof. Peter Victor, author of ‘Managing Without Growth’, Erik Assadourian from the Worldwatch Institute, Graeme Maxton from the Club of Rome, and Prof. Richard Wilkinson, author of ‘The Spirit Level’. We hope you can join us!


See Speaker bios and abstracts HERE

The conversation has begun on:

T H E Q S E  Bondi Beach Radio

We invite research students across Australia, from Honours to PhD, and academic staff, to showcase their Research Posters at the 2014 Fenner Conference on the Environment on the topic of a Steady State Economy.

Especially in relation to the following themes:

  • Eco and social Justice 
  • Circular and regrowth economy
  • Transition strategies (including the role of governance and policy)
  • Ecological limits to growth
  • Sustainable population
  • Overconsumption
  • Energy
  • Employment in a steady state economy

This will be an exciting opportunity to attend the conference, get  insight from our expert speakers and network with like-mind people. 

TO PARTICIPATE: Email your Poster topic and abstract (200 words maximum) to ies@unsw.edu.au before the 15 September. We will inform you by 23 September whether your poster topic has been accepted in the Poster Showcase.

Posters are to be A0 size in portrait format. Lunch hour presentations in the Scientia Foyer. 

Because this is a low-budget conference, all participants, including those who present posters, are required to REGISTER HERE
Please distribute this invitation widely to your networks. We hope you can join us and for more information on this conference, please visit our ies.unsw.edu.au



To listen to some preliminary discussion on the Steady State Economy
LISTEN to the speakers at the Hooked on Growth event  22nd March Sydney 2014

Organised and presented by:

  • IES: Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW Australia,
  • CASSE: Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, NSW Chapter,
  • ILWS: Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University