Beyond Growth 2023 Conference.
Director of IRISSO and Professor, Paris Dauphine
Dominique Méda is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration. She was a senior civil servant at the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs, then worked at the Ministry of Labor and joined the University of Paris Dauphine - PSL in 2011 where she directs the Interdisciplinary Institute of Research in Social Sciences (IRISSO). Her work has left its mark on the sociology of work in France and in Europe, raising public debate. More broadly, she questions the relationship between economics and politics and the instruments with which we measure the wealth of a society. She highlights the limits of the GDP as an indicator of social wealth and proposes a new conception of wealth and progress, and new indicators. She reintroduced in France the critique of growth as an indicator of social wealth. She is one of the founding members, and now co-chair, of the Forum for Alternative Indicators of Wealth (FAIR), created at the time of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress in France. Since then, she has begun a new reflection on the transition from an economy of quantities to an economy of quality. Between 2008 and 2012, she devoted her research to the relationship between Europeans and work , to a critical evaluation of the French "Active Solidarity Income", to flexicurity and to the labor law reforms. Since 2020, she is also the president of the Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms. She is the author of some twenty books, including, on the subject of growth and post-growth: Qu'est ce que la richesse? (1999), Au delà du PIB. Pour une autre mesure de la richesse (2008); La Mystique de la croissance. Comment s'en libérer (2013). With Florence Jany-Catrice, Faut-il attendre la croissance ? (2016; 2022); With Isabelle Cassiers and Kevin Maréchal, Vers une société post-croissance (Post-growth Economics and Society. Exploring the Paths of a Social and Ecological Transition, Routledge, 2019)