Conference Programme

Note, June 15: further information, including on the speakers, will be added in the coming days.

Some details on the sessions may be modified in the run-up to the conference, so this programme will be updated periodically.

Please see the end of this programme for a glossary of acronyms.

Day 1: Tuesday 25th June


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Dargan Auditorium

(Trinity Business School)


2:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Break, coffee and tea

3:50 pm – 4:10 pm

Evening event organised by Oxfam Ireland:
Climate Action Workshop – 7% campaign

Oxfam Ireland is organising a grassroots campaign, linking with people across Ireland – students, protestors and ordinary citizens – with one simple aim: to make sure the government reaches its climate targets. This interactive workshop will allow you to learn more about the 7% Campaign, network with other like-minded people, and strategise on what action we can take.

Note: this event will take place at Teachers’ Club, which is a 20-minute walk or 10-minute Luas ride from the Rethinking Growth conference venue. It takes place from 6-8pm and will begin with a networking session, so attendees can arrive later than 6pm if they wish. Refreshments will be offered.

Further information and registration link

If you would prefer to remain at the conference venue, light refreshments will also be available there from 6:30-7:30pm.

Day 2: Wednesday 26th June


8:30 am – 9:00 am

Dargan Auditorium

(Trinity Business School)

Break, coffee and tea

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Parallel Breakout sessions

11:00 am – 12 pm

Breakout 1A:
How can food, agriculture, forestry and land use contribute optimally to a wellbeing economy, and what is needed to bring this about?

Niamh Garvey (NESC, facilitator)

Ruth Hegarty (Food Policy and Sustainable Food Systems Consultant)

Dr. Denyse Julien (Climate KIC)

Prof. Alan Matthews (TCD Professor Emeritus, online)

Prof. Patrick Brereton (DCU Professor Emeritus)

Breakout 1B:
What changes in economics education would help with rethinking growth and achieving a wellbeing economy?

Paddy Nelson (facilitator)

Other speakers tba

Breakout 1C:

How and in what ways is rethinking growth connected to reducing inequality and poverty?

Prof. John Barry (facilitator)

Prof. John Baker (UCD Professor Emeritus)

Mary McManus (Living Wage NI)

Sean Healy (SJI)

Breakout 1D:

What transformations are needed in enterprise to support a wellbeing economy?

Facilitated by Andrew Thornton (HiB)

JP Donnelly (WPP)

Roisin Markham (IDEN)

Caroline Whyte (Feasta)

Breakout 1E:

What role can the arts play in bringing about a wellbeing economy?

This session will include a screening of the 10-minute film ‘Seeding the Future’ by Dónal Ó Céilleachair

Facilitated by Kevin Murphy (Playhouse Theatre)

Dónal Ó Céilleachair (ANU Pictures)


12:00 pm – 1 pm

Parallel Breakout sessions

1 pm – 1:55 pm

Breakout 2A:

How important is peace for a wellbeing economy? 
How can a ‘wellbeing/post-growth economy’ perspective help us to address the interlinked challenges of extractive capitalism, international political economy, the military-industrial complex, (un)economic growth, war, genocide and ecocide? 
How can we build an economy that supports human rights, gender equality, climate justice and peace?

Facilitated by Prof. Helena Sheehan (DCU)

Dr. Patrick Bresnihan (MU)

Dr. Louise Fitzgerald (DCU)

Dr. Rory Rowan (TCD)

Jess Spear (People Before Profit)

Dr. Mark Walsh (MU)

Breakout 2B:
What configuration might health take on, in a wellbeing economy?

Dr. David Somekh (facilitator)

Dr. Mark Garavan (ATU)

Dr. Anne Marie Cunningham

Dr. Tony Holohan

Breakout 2C:
What role can faith/ethics groups play in articulating a new, inclusive wellbeing economy?
Where are the signs of hope for an inclusive, wellbeing economy in Ireland?

Facilitated by Philip Mac Donagh (DCU)

Dr Damian Jackson (ICC)

Dr Peter Doran

Dónal Ó Céilleachair (ANU Pictures)

Breakout 2D:
Beyond extractivism: how can rethinking growth help us to end destructive resource, energy and financial extraction in Ireland and globally? How can ‘sufficiency’-based consumption be achieved in high-income countries?

Facilitated by Emilie Tricarico (EEB)

Conor O’Neill (Christian Aid)

David Rossiter (FOEI)

Prof. Valeria Andreoni (UCC)

Anita Vollmer (ESRI)

Breakout 2E:

Space for open discussion

Faciliated by Davie Philip (Cultivate)

Break, coffee and tea

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Acronyms used in the programme:

ATU = Atlantic Technological University

CUSP = Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

DCU = Dublin City University

EEB = European Environmental Bureau

ESRI = Economic and Social Research Institute

FEASTA = Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability

FG = Fine Gael

FOEI – Friends of the Earth Ireland

HiB = Heart in Business

IDEN = Irish Doughnut Economics Network

IMMA = Irish Museum of Modern Art

IFIT = Institute for Integrated Transitions

IPA = Institute of Public Administration

MU = Maynooth University

NCC = National Competitiveness and Productivity Council

NESC = National Economic and Social Council

PBP = People Before Profit

PRIME = Policy Research in Macroeconomics

QUB = Queens’ University Belfast

SF = Sinn Féin

TASC = Think-Tank for Action on Social Change

TCD = Trinity College Dublin

UCC = University College Cork

UCD = University College Dublin

UoG = University of Galway

UN YAG = United Nations Secretary General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

WEAll = Wellbeing Economy Alliance