Beyond Economic Growth

Join a module of our Regenerative Economics MA as an unaccredited student.


Mon 7 Nov – Fri 9 Dec 2022


Ruth Potts, Jay Tompt, Jayati Ghosh, Guppi Bola, Nonhlanhla Makuyana, Ahish Kothari, Katherine Trebeck, Sebastian Berger and Tony Greenham


Dartington Trust, South Devon


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

Booking deadline: 17 Oct 2022

Bursaries are available – find out more here.


On this course, you'll be studying alongside MA programme students on an unaccredited basis. That means that while you don't need formal qualifications to take the course, our Programme Lead will need to assess your suitability before your place is confirmed.


*A deposit is required to register your interest. The Programme Lead will then contact you to assess compatabilty with the course and upon confirmation proceed to 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.

This short course explores 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 twenty-first century.  

We will focus on the centrality of economic growth in policy-making 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.

This course offers the opportunity to join 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:
Monday 7 – Friday 19 Nov 2022
Weekdays between 10am – 4.30pm, with occasional evening sessions

Online teaching dates:
Monday 21 Nov – Friday 9 Dec 2022

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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Guppi Bola

Guppi Bola (she/her) is a racial justice busy bee committed to building an economic democracy that supports multiracial working class communities to access wealth and resources needed to facilitate collective healing. She has an academic background in public health, which she uses to focus her strategic thinking on the root causes of social inequality and ill health. Sometimes she writes things, her most recent piece was called Reimaging Public Health, a follow up to her stint as Interim Director of Medact. She is currently Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. You can find out more on and she tweets at @guppikb.

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Nonhlanhla Makuyana

Nonhlanhla Makuyana (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist, organiser and educator. Their work focuses on challenging forms of knowledge that are valued under white supremacy and capitalism, instead holding spaces to explore and invest in more felt and lived sources of knowledge. This looks like co-creating research on Black people’s work, worth and value under capitalism, questioning the spiritual and ethical mindsets required to survive under capitalism and mobilising BPOC to define our own experiences under a system that seeks to write our stories for us.

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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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Please note that you will need to place your Deposit by the Booking Deadline specified above, so that we - and you - have time to prepare for your course.

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