“Development”: Just a term for upholding power structures? – new podcast episode

New #EconomicsForRebels podcast out this week! Host Alexandra Köves speaks to Bengi Akbulut about “development”, power and transformation.

Many believe that wanting the best for both the environment and humans just makes sense. However, when we introduce ecological economics concepts of providing good life for all within planetary boundaries, the most vicious problem that we face is to do with power structures. This episode’s guest, Bengi Akbulut has been arguing that our current understanding of development is detrimental to real change and development is most often just a way to maintain the power structures. Can we change this? Can we pluralise development? Or should we just abandon the concept?”