Damien du Preez

From August 2022 to January 2023, I will be based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as part of an academic exchange at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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Hi there, I’m Damien du Preez. I like to think about our planetary society.


My main interest is in exploring the nature of the climate and ecological crisis - its social, political, philosophical, and economic dimensions - as well as potential responses to it. This concern colours much of my reading and writing. I’m also fascinated by ideas which hold the promise of radically transforming society for the better, such as degrowth, universal basic income, rights of nature, and so on. An exploration of these ideas will likely form the focus of a forthcoming podcast series.


I’m currently finishing off my BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Stellenbosch University, following a six-month academic exchange at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the near future, I'm hoping to continue my studies at a postgraduate level. Since late 2021, I've worked as a marketing and communications associate for the Centre for Research on Democracy. I'm also actively involved with Young Urbanists South Africa.


If you’d be keen to have a chat, you can reach out via email, as well as on Twitter or LinkedIn.