Food practices in intentional communities

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk (lezing)


One of the most urgent questions of our times is whether economic growth will deliver well-being for all while staying within the ecological limits of our planet. A rising number of scientists and citizens think that this will not be possible, and that ‘prosperity’ or ‘quality of life’ must be rethought, and separated from GDP growth.

The event “A good life for all beyond growth?” presents the research being done in Amsterdam on current ‘post-growth initiatives’. A consortium of scholars across the social sciences and humanities from UvA, HvA, VU, ISS and PThU will be exploring the factors and conditions that influence sustainable urban transformations towards a high quality of life beyond growth-centric economies. It pays special attention to the frictions and contradictions between the conventional growth-centric model of urban development and a number of emerging policy and grassroots initiatives which prioritize a higher quality of life based on a holistic understanding of human and nonhuman needs instead of growth. This includes the city’s initiatives around municipalism and ‘Doughnut economics’ and will be investigated along three key dimensions of urban life: housing commons, food practices, and community health.
Period7 May 2021
Event titleCities for change: A good life for all beyond growth? Supporting policy and grassroots initiatives for a new vision of prosperity in Amsterdam
Event typeSeminar
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • degrowth
  • intentional communities
  • food practices
  • shared life