Growth vs. Sustainability: The Politics and Psychology of a Goal Conflict in International Organisations

The project GROVAINITY examines how officials in International Organisations perceive the goal conflict between sustainability and economic growth and how it affects their decision-making.

Funding agency
Andrea von Braun Foundation

Project duration
May 2022 – October 2023

As ecological crises increase and intensify while the world economy continues to expand, humanity faces a goal conflict between economic growth and planetary sustainability. The project GROVAINITY integrates the focus of Environmental Psychology on individual behaviour and insights from International Relations into broader institutional dynamics to study how this goal conflict plays out in international organisations (IOs), whose work shapes sustainability transitions. Using a mixed-methods research design, we explore how IO officials conceptualise the relationship between growth and sustainability. Our research project will produce novel findings and targeted outputs for society at large (report), as well as practitioners (workshop) and scientists (publication) interested in how this goal conflict undermines efforts to stay within planetary boundaries.

Matthias Kranke (Dr.)
Co-Principal investigator; FB05, Department for Development and Postcolonial Studies

Telephone +49 (0) 561 804 7245
Email matthias.kranke(at)uni-kassel[dot]de
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> Gerrit Lühring (Student Assistant, FB05)

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