Guest: Prof. Irmi Seidl
High resource consumption and the emissions of our economy are pushing the planetary boundaries. Despite this, many in politics, business and society cling to the goal of further increasing economic output. A key reason for this is that economic growth should create sufficient jobs.
Irmi Seidl is a German economist critical of growth.
As a university lecturer, she heads the "Economic and Social Sciences" research unit at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in Birmensdorf. She is concerned with the challenge of the supplying economy and the ecological consequences of economic growth, land use and renewable energy. Other areas of research are nature and biodiversity conservation and regional development of peripheral areas. The economist is a titular professor at the University of Zurich and teaches at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.