Lange, Bastian „Together is Better – Harnessing the creative power of urban collaborative spaces“ Governments have reacted differently across Europe during the pandemic, mainly aiming at saving lives among at-risk groups. Young adults and less at-risk groups, however, have slipped under the radar of these top-down policies and been marginalised. This has also been the case with fragile and small-scale places at the interface of institutional policies and social movements, such as makerspaces, coworking spaces, open workshops, creative labs, FabLabs and even urban gardening projects.

How does the COVID-19 pandemic affect the transformation of our economies? The ARL position paper presents a range of different interpretations of the pandemic from the perspective of the post-growth debate. Together with Dr. Martina Hülz (ARL), Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz (University of Luxembourg) and Dr. Benedikt Schmid (University of Freiburg), the diverse reactions in the context of post-growth approaches in the current academic situation are discussed. Key points of an emancipatory transition perspective will be pointed out. The paper was written in the working group „Post-growth Economies“ of the ARL.