Thomas Smith

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography
Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU)
Munich, Germany


Ph.D. Geography and Sustainable Development, St Andrews University, Scotland
MA Global Ethics (Philosophy and Sociology), University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
B.Sc. (Hons) International Development and Food Policy, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Research Interests

My interests are: 1) postcapitalist economic diversity and the social solidarity economy, 2) post-growth/degrowth debates, and 3) wellbeing and the 'good life' in post-growth economies. In my research, I have generally focused on initiatives for community manufacturing and sufficiency, such as maker spaces and eco-communities. In my current project (2022-2024), RESHORE (Participatory Pathways for Reshoring European Manufacturing), I explore the diverse and contested economies of (re)localisation and deglobalisation, and ways communities can take the lead in meeting their own needs.