Matthias Schmelzer




Matthias is an economic historian and transformation researcher. He is currently substitute Professor for Social-Ecological Transformation at the University of Flensburg. He is author of the award-winning "The Hegemony of Growth: The OECD and the Making of the Growth Paradigm" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), co-edited “Degrowth in Movement(s): Exploring pathways for transformation” and is co-author of “The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World beyond Capitalism” (Verso, 2022).

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Matthias is involved in the program Beyond Capitalism: War Economy and Democratic Planning. Matthias will join us in the winter term of 2025.


The Hegemony of Growth. The OECD and the Making of the Economic Growth Paradigm. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

The Future Is Degrowth: A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism. London: Verso, 2022.

Planning beyond Growth: The Case for Economic Democracy within Ecological Limits, (with Cédric Durand and Elena Hofferberth), in: Journal of Cleaner Production 437 (2024): 140351.

From Luddites to Limits? Towards a Systematization of Growth Critiques in Historical Perspective, in: Globalizations 20, no. 3 (2023): 447–64.

Research on Degrowth (with Giorgos Kallis, Vasilis Kostakis, Steffen Lange, Barbara Muraca, and Susan Paulson), in: Annual Review of Environment and Resources 43 (2018): 291–316.

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