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Open lecture: New economy in the Anthropocene

14 November 2023 18:00 - 19:30

In autumn 2023, following the instalment of the first Distinguished Fellow of the Anthropocene, Dr. Sjoerd J. Kluiving, a lecture series with expert speakers covering the Anthropocene is programmed.

During the lecture series 'What is the Anthropocene? - Exploring transdisciplinary collaboration for sustainable change', speakers and participants will discuss how interdisciplinary research can contribute to challenges of the planetary poly crisis that are part of what scientists are debating is the Anthropocene. Each lecture consists of two expert presentations which will be followed by discussion and is open to anyone at VU and beyond.

On 14 November, we will close the lecture series with a session on the new economy:

The society of the Anthropocene will move forward along the pathway of the current economy of which we can question whether it is causing or solving the poly crisis of the Anthropocene. In this final lecture alternative economy scenarios are presented, such as regenerative, circular and degrowth economies that will be compared and discussed with the neoliberal capitalist system that is (still) governing our economy today.

In addition, transdisciplinary workshops on the road to the COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, are organised, you can find them here. During these workshops, stories for the days of COP28 will be developed by connecting science, human health, art and activism; the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates; the Global North and Global South. 

All events and the Fellowship of the Anthropocene are coordinated by the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute, all events are free and open to anyone interested.


17.45 Walk-in

18.00 Welcome and introduction by Dr Sjoerd Kluiving

18.10 "Exploring and studying the New Economy" by Maarten Nijman

18.30 Q&A

18.40 "Greening the Economy" by Prof Steven Poelhekke

19.00 Q&A

19.10 Discussion

19.30 End

About Open lecture: New economy in the Anthropocene

Starting date

  • 14 November 2023


  • 18:00 - 19:30


  • VU main building
  • HG-14A00


  • De Boelelaan 1105 VU main building
  • 1081HV Amsterdam

Organised by

  • VU Distinguished Fellow of the Anthropocene and Amsterdam Sustainability Institute


  • English



Maarten Nijman
Head of Outreach Our New Economy

At ONE, Maarten Nijman is responsible for operations and substantively active with developing teaching materials and as co-author of the publication on Integration alongside Competition.

Prof Steven Poelhekke
School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

Steven Poelhekke is Professor of International Environmental Economics whose research interests cover International Trade and Investment, and their intersections with Development and Environmental Economics. He has studied, among other topics: the local impact of mining on infrastructure and the tradeable sector, the persistence of foreign direct investment benefits for domestic firms in developing countries, and the effects of resource wealth and multinational banks on foreign direct investment.
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Dr Sjoerd Kluiving
Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
VU Distinguished Fellow of the Anthropocene

Sjoerd Kluiving studied Physical Geography and Geology at the University of Amsterdam and University of Alabama. As a geologist and physical geographer involved in applying earth sciences to archeology in interdisciplinary research and teaching, with emphasis on the Anthropocene.
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