About This Group

Economic growth and development are central to capitalist societies, but this redefinition of well-being as consumption-based has led to wide-scale destruction of the environment as well as human suffering. Mainstream sustainability science, policy and planning have failed to address this problem. Yet even radical propositions to reduce the overconsumption of industrialized nations through degrowth struggle to devise alternatives to and visions of a world beyond capitalism. Latouche (2015) draws on the concept of the imaginary, “the capacity to see a thing as it is not” (Castoriadis 1987), to argue that our social imaginary has been colonized by economic imperatives. The imaginary must therefore be decolonized (e.g., by de-Westernizing and abolishing growth, development and commodification) in order to create lifeworlds of sustainability and well-being. In WG6, we explore concrete ways to facilitate this process, both for individual and social imaginaries.

Castoriadis, Cornelius. 1987. The imaginary institution of society. MIT Press.
Latouche, Serge. 2015. Imaginary, Decolonization of. In Giacomo D’Alisa, Giorgos Kallis, & Federico Demaria (eds.) , Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Age. London: Routledge, pp. 117–20.

Main Members

Christoph Rupprecht

Senior Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


I study the diverse entanglements of living beings, especially through the lens of food and agriculture. My interests include degrowth, more-than-human geography, sustainable food systems, informal green space (such as vacant lots and street or railway verges), urban ecology, and environmental justice.

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Maximilian Spiegelberg

Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


My interest lies in actively transforming to a sustainable society through exchange across boundaries of disciplines, cultures, and skills. It has led me to work, study and live at different places, organization and with all kinds of people. In 2017 I received my Ph.D. in Environmental Management from Kyoto University and currently I work as a FEAST project researcher at RIHN looking into organic markets, bee-keeping, and (urban) gardening.


Publications and outputs


A multispecies paper in Global Sustainability

An interdisciplinary team led by Senior Researcher Dr. Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project) has co-authored a paper titled “Multispecies Sustainability” and it is now published on the international journal “Global Sustainability”. In this research, the team identified a contradiction at the core of sustainability: its resource management approach ignores that the well-being and needs of all livi...


How we started serving the School Lunches of the Future (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

The Openhouse takes place every year in the summer (this year online 15th & 22nd Nov.) and each project of the institute has to come up with a unique activity around their research theme. Taking place in the middle of the summer vacations the four hour event draws about 800 junior- and middle-school kids with their parents or grandparents in tow to do some fun activity while practically adding ...


FEAST Project on the "Local Degrowth Realities" Map

FEAST is now registered on the “Local Degrowth Realities” map. Degrowth-Webportal introduces not only the basic concept of degrowth and various relevant publications (including blog posts by a wide range of degrowth scholars and activities), but also initiatives and projects on a global scale. Interested in finding what kind of degrowth movements are taking place in your city or even the...


Peer-reviewed paper on Japanese children's green space access in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Christoph Rupprecht’s paper co-authored with Lihua Cui, Kyoto University, “Understanding Threats to Young Children’s Green Space Access in Unlicensed Daycare Centers in Japan” is now published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Mar 2020). You can access the full article from the link at the bottom of this page. <Abstract> Access to green space (GS) is vital ...


The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 (Christoph Rupprecht)

The American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 was held in Washington D.C. from April 3rd to 7th, 2019, which the FEAST team of Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Senior Project Researcher), Mai Kobayashi (FEAST Project Researcher) and Daniel Niles (RIHN Associate Professor/FEAST member) had an opportunity to join and present the research outputs. You can find Rupprecht’s abstract below ...


FEAST Session at GRF2019 in Hong Kong

From June 26th to 29th, 2019, “2019 Hong Kong Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption” was organized at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. At GRF, Steven McGreevy, FEAST project leader, chaired two sessions “Session 2d: Changing Personal and Public Consumption: Experiences and Movements (S-15)” on the 27th and “Session 4a: Food Futures in Asia:...


FEAST sessions at WSSF2018

World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2018 was organized in Fukuoka, Japan for four days from Sept 25th to 28th. FEAST organized four sessions, three of which “CS03-02: The wild food basket: recreating urban and rural ecosystems as food sources” on the 25th, “CS4-07: Building a new food economy in Japan through sharing, collaboration, and commoning” on the 26th and “CS1-03: Lifeworlds of Sustainab...


Informal Food System(s) Sessions at AAG2018

On April 10-14th 2018, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. FEAST organized three sessions on informal food system(s) and the team members made five presentations as follow: The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food practices I The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food pract...


JILA Special Issue “Trends in the landscapes of post-growth societies: The potential of degrowth”

Special Issue “Trends in the landscapes of post-growth societies: The potential of degrowth” of Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (Vol.83-01) was published in March, 2019. “Degrowth” is a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics, and an economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma, and receives attentions as it has a...