Beyond Economic Growth

Unpack our damaging growth economy and explore ecologically minded alternatives


Monday 6 November – Friday 8 December 2023


Ruth Potts, Jay Tompt, Jayati Ghosh, Ashish Kothari, Juliet Schor, Katherine Trebeck, Sebastian Berger and Tony Greenham 


Dartington Trust, South Devon


Deposit: £150* | Full Course: £1,500 (accommodation and meals not included)

Booking deadline: 16th Oct

Bursaries are available – find out more here.


You don't need any formal qualifications to take this course, but you need to be aware that you will be studying alongside Masters students. So that we can ensure your fit with the group, we ask that you have a short conversation with a member of the teaching team before enrolling on the course.


*A deposit is required to register your interest. The Programme Lead will then contact you to arrange a short call before you make the full course payment. In the event that the course is not suitable for you, the deposit will be refunded.

About this course

This short course will examine our damaging growth economy and explore ecologically minded alternatives to help you begin co-creating transitional scenarios for a sustainable future. 

Participants will explore the roots of the climate and ecological crises and inequalities in market-based economic narratives and structures built on colonial, extractivist worldviews and disparities of power.  

Together we will explore what we can learn from alternative models of development from the frontline globally and locally, and natural systems design to inform the design of social and economic systems fit for the needs of everyone in the 21st century.   

We will focus on the centrality of economic growth in policymaking and dominant cultural narratives. We will unpick the degree to which growth is possible, desirable or necessary and explore ways in which we could create steady-state or degrowth economies. We will examine the neoclassical economic paradigm from a historical perspective and through the lens of alternative schools of thought, developing pluralistic principles for a new economic approach.   

You will be given the opportunity to co-create transitional scenarios for a sustainable future. With impending recession and the highest inflation in decades, now is the time to be trialling practical locally applicable alternatives and this course offers participants a route into these new approaches. 



“Taking part in this course was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Through this course, I’ve been inspired by ideas, people and stories to imagine a world that looks more just, and equipped with tools to take on the challenge of change. Schumacher College is an extraordinary place and community – I really hope to be part of it again in the future.”
Evelyn Henderson-Child, Consultant at Spring Impact 
Beyond Growth Nov 2022

“The short course on ‘Beyond Growth’ as part of the regenerative economics Masters gave me the opportunity to push my understanding on the evolution of the world from an economic perspective to the next level. A very empowering as well as inspiring course, thought provoking, rich in every sense, an opportunity to rethink the status quo. The way the course is built allows for a lot of collaboration and collective intelligence and a good balance between lectures and interactive sessions. Another key strength of this programme is the truly international group of people from all walks of life you meet during this short course, making the learning experience even richer and allowing to create strong bonds with likeminded change-makers. I can’t finish this review without talking about the experience at the campus itself, the fireside chats with Satish Kumar himself, the fantastic food served based on 85% from the garden and the community vibrance. An unforgettable experience which impacted me in so many ways and helped me to have even more impact in my work.”
Sandra Sydow, Beyond Growth Participant 2022

This course offers the opportunity to join the part of the second module of our MA programme ‘Regenerative Economics’ as an unaccredited student. 

To study on an accredited basis, please see the MA course programme page.

teaching dates

On-site teaching dates: 
10am Monday 6th – 4.30pm Friday 17th Nov (weekdays) 

On-site teaching sessions will take place on weekdays during the dates of your course, usually starting around 10am and finishing at 4.30pm, with occasional evening sessions. As part of our learning community you are also invited to join morning meeting, and a variety of events and student-led activities that will likely be happening during your course.

Online teaching dates:
Sessions between Monday 20th Nov – Friday 8th Dec

For the online teaching period there is guided study on a Monday and Wednesday and live sessions between 2pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Please note that the course fee does not include accommodation and meals for the on-site portion of your course. Should you be accepted onto the course, our Short Course team will advise you on how to book one of our accommodation and catering options.


Ruth Potts

Ruth Potts

Ruth Potts is head of our Regenerative Economics programme. She is a researcher, facilitator, artist and activist who also works on the Green New Deal in the office of Caroline Lucas MP.

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Jay Tompt

Jay Tompt

Jay is a Lecturer for Regenerative Economics. He is also a co-founder of the Totnes REconomy Project, and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University.

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Ashish Kothari began working on environment and development issues in his schooldays, and is one of the founders of the environmental action group Kalpavriksh.

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Jayati Ghosh

Professor Jayati Ghosh is one of the world’s leading economists. Jayati taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly 35 years, and has been Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA since January 2021. She has authored and/or edited 20 books and more than 200 scholarly articles.

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Juliet Schor

Juliet Schor is an economist and sociologist at Boston College. Schor’s research focuses on work, consumption, and climate change. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

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Katherine is a political economist, writer and advocate for economic system change. She co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and also WEAll Scotland, its Scottish hub. She sits on a range of boards and advisory groups including The Democracy Collaborative, the C40 Centre for Urban Climate Policy and Economy, and the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity.

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Sebastian Berger

Dr. Sebastian Berger focuses his research on the social costs of neoliberalism and the economics of K. William Kapp. (cf. his book The Social Costs of Neoliberalism (2017) and his article on social cost accounting (2021, podcast interview here) His work includes research on cost theory,  grounded in an exploration of the poetic-hermeneutic foundations of economic knowledge (cf. his book series Economics and Humanities (Routledge), his articles on Poetic Economics, and his co-edited book volume What is Heterodox Economics?).He’s done extensive work on William Kapp and is the recipient of the 2020 Kapp Prize of the Society for Ecological Economics in Germany (Verein für Ökologische Ökonomie) and the 2009 Helen Potter Award of the Association for Social Economics.

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Tony Greenham

Tony is Executive Director of South West Mutual, a regional mutual challenger bank serving the south west of England and focused on financing a just transition to a low carbon economy. He is also an adviser on sustainability to Lion Trust Asset Management, a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and finance research associate with the Food Farming and Countryside Commission. He was previously Director of Economics at the RSA and Associate Director, Finance and Economics at the New Economics Foundation. His publications include People Powered Prosperity,  Where Does Money Come From? and The British Business Bank: Creating good sustainable jobs. Tony’s early career was in the City as a chartered accountant and investment banker with Barclays and Credit Suisse.

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