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Max Koch. Foto: Johan Persson.

Max Koch


Max Koch. Foto: Johan Persson.

Welfare within planetary limits: deep transformation requires holistic approaches


  • Max Koch
  • Anders Rhiger Hansen

Summary, in English

In January 2023, Anders Rhiger Hansen visited Lund University to talk to Max Koch about sustainable welfare, human needs, social inequality and a little bit about Bourdieu. The message from Max was clear: politicians need to drop the idea of green growth and instead define a safe and just operating space to determine what can be done within this space. His sociological approach combines Marxian and Bourdieusean traditions, and he recommends that the Consumption and Society community investigates consumption in combination with processes of production, for example by engaging with critical political economy approaches such as the French regulation school or the Frankfurt School. According to Koch, the survival of the planet requires holistic approaches that would transform society and its exchanges with nature, based on principles of degrowth and on a scale that we have not yet seen.


  • School of Social Work
  • Social Policy and Sustainability
  • LU Profile Area: Nature-based future solutions

Publishing year





Consumption and Society

Document type

Journal article


Bristol University Press


  • Climate Research


  • Climate Emergency
  • Capitalism
  • Degrowth
  • Sustainable Welfare
  • Consumption




  • Sustainable Welfare for a New Generation of Social Policy
  • Postgrowth Welfare Systems


  • ISSN: 2752-8499