Session 6 | 17.04.2023, 15:00-16:00 CET
Rutger Hoekstra will discuss a strategy on how to replace GDP as the key indicator of society. As part of this, he will present an interdisciplinary synthesis of the main Beyond-GDP metrics created in the last 50 years. The basis for this synthesis is a Brundtland/Stiglitz conceptual framework which distinguishes WISE: wellbeing (current), sustainability (future wellbeing), and inclusion (distribution of wellbeing, within and between countries). WISE indicators, the WISE accounting system, and WISE models will be discussed. The talk will also cover the 4-year WISE Horizons project which Rutger coordinates, and he will also discuss various relevant EC and UN processes that will help to accelerate the development of a post-growth society.
Rutger Hoekstra is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, Leiden University. He is an expert in “Beyond-GDP”, specialising in the role that input-output modelling can play in shaping post-growth societies. He is author of Replacing GDP by 2030: Towards a common language for wellbeing and sustainability published by Cambridge University Press. He currently leads WISE Horizons, a large European project, which is developing indicators, accounts, and policy models for Wellbeing, Inclusion, and Sustainability (WISE). Rutger has a PhD in environmental economics and has worked with/for Statistics Netherlands, United Nations, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank, national ministries, NGO’s, KPMG, and large companies.