About us

Why Sustainable Prosperity?

Currently, economic growth is at the centre of European policymaking. Growth seemingly represents an essential condition for maintaining economic and political stability. It is also the root cause why policy today focuses mainly on efficiency improvements and the circular economy when it comes to tackling climate change.

To achieve sustainable prosperity, it is therefore crucial to liberate economic and political stability from the need of continuous economic growth. Only then will it be possible to move beyond economic growth as a policy goal and put environmental and social considerations at the heart of European policymaking. In this sense, the Sustainable Prosperity website seeks to present policymakers and advocates with arguments for why change is needed, how the policy design process should be carried out, and what policies they can choose. By doing so, the project paves the way for sustainable prosperity in Europe.

The website is not a final product but is intended to stimulate processes and undergo continuous development.

The Institution

ZOE Institute for Future-fit Economies is an independent non-profit, non-partisan think-and-do tank for new economic thinking and policymaking. Working at the interface of science, politics, and civil society, ZOE acts as a catalyst for a just transition towards a sustainable future.

With the conviction that today’s interconnected social, economic, and environmental crises require a new approach to economic policymaking, ZOE aims to mainstream new economic thinking in European public policy. Through its novel and impact-focused approach, ZOE has been successful and quick in establishing powerful policy networks across the EU and influencing high-level policy debates.

Contributors, reviewers, and advisers

The successful realisation of this project has been made possible by the hard work and passionate engagement many colleagues from ZOE Institute and the great support of contributors, reviewers, and advisers. ZOE Institute would like to thank the following individuals for their invaluable help, critical comments, inspirational input as well as their time and efforts. Without you, the project would not have been possible!

Christiny Miller, Jonathan Barth, Patrick Scheffer, Dr. Christoph Gran, Jakob Hafele, Tabea Waltenberg, Lisa Hough-Stewart, Maria Brück, Raphael Kaufmann, Anna-Lena Laulich, Hannah Strobel, Margaux Savin, Konstantin Hanlon, Pauline Kohlhase, Mathias Rockenbach, Pao Engelbrecht, Aida Boushaba, Felix Roll, Carolin Bernhard, Lisa Boll, Simon Wahl, Benedikt Hummel, Olivia Davis, Oliver Richters, Alexandre Grassigny, Hasan Azhan, Brent Bleys, Sam Bliss, Dr. Mark Burton, Dr. François Briens, Dr. Louison Cahen-Fourot, Andreas Dimmelmeyer, Alexander Feldmann, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gill, Dr. Tilman Hartley, Amanda Janoo, Yaryna Khmara, Dr. Steffen Lange, Nick Meynen, Prof. Dr. Irmi Seidl, Andreas Siemoneit, Paul Tammert, Prof. James Ward, Katharina Wiese, Julien Morel, Didem Aydurmus Ph.D.

We are additionally grateful to those who have advised on the projects contributing to the creation and development of this website:

Maeve Cohen, Francois Denuit, Olivier Derruine, Sabine Junginger, Phillipe Lamberts, Daniel Obst, Daniel O’Neill, Leida Rijnhout, Katherine Trebeck

Do you have content you would like to contribute to Sustainable-Prosperity.eu? We are open to receiving chapters for the knowledge hub, policies entries for the policy database, and resources and examples for the policy design portal. Get in touch: sustainableprosperity@zoe-institut.de


This website has been funded through the support of the following funders, who we kindly thank for making this project possible: