Summer School Program & Material


AEMS Program 2017

Quick overview

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems is an academic course – preparatory work, regular attendance, active participation and the preparation of a short group presentation will be required. If completed successfully, BOKU-students or "MitbelegerInnen" from other Austrian universities acquire 5 ECTS credits from the University of National Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). Foreign students get a BOKU certificate that needs to be acknowledged by your home university. You can find more information about this here.

The program is open to students and non-students from all fields.


The program will be divided into two parts:

Preparatory phase: All participants will be required to prepare using a predetermined list of literature from various scientific disciplines. Please be aware that the lecture phase builds heavily on this material!

Lecture phase: The lecture phase (July 26 - August 11, 2017) will be a mix of lectures, discussions, workshops, exercises and interactive games – regular attendance, active participation and the presentation of a group project will be required.

Part of the intention behind the creation of the Summer School was to increase the public dissemination of content-related scientific data. In order to reach a wider audience, a number of public events will be organized in addition to the regular program.


Public events

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017
Panel discussion: the political and economic situation in Greece and Iceland with Helene Schuberth, Eva H. Önnudóttir & Spyridoula Nezi

Thursday, August 3rd 2017
Panel discussion: the financial system of the future with Bart Jan Krouwel, Christian Felber & Bernard Lietaer

The entrance is free for These Events. Please Register via mail on


Please take note that this is a list of suggested books and articles that cover a wide area. We do not necessarily agree with all ideas expressed by the authors.


Bakan, J. (2005): The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, Free Press.

Bender, S. (2006): Suiting themselves: How Corporations Drive the Global Agenda, Routledge.

Daly, H. (2015): Economics for a Full World, A Transtition Initiative.

Embshoff, D./Giegold, S.(2008): Solidarische Ökonomie im globalisierten Kapitalismus, VSA. (German only)

Felber, C. (2014): Geld. Die neuen Spielregeln, Deuticke. (German only)

Felber, C. (2015): Change Everything - Creating an Economy for the Common Good, Zedbooks.

Gregg, S. (2012): Natural Law, Economics and the Common Good, Imprint Academic.


Growth in Transition (2012): Alternative Economic and Social Concepts. Available at


Jackson, T. (2009): Prosperity without growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, Taylor & Francis Ltd.


Paech, N. (2012): Liberation from excess: The road to a post-growth economy, oekom Verlag.


Randers, J. (2012): 2052: A global forecast for the next forty years, Chelsea Green Publishing.


Randers, J., Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. (2004): Limits of Growth: 30 years update, Chelsea Green Publishing.


Sen, Amartya (2009): The Idea of Justice, Penguin Books Ltd.


Steffen, W. et al (2015): Planetary boundaries: Guiding Human Development on a Changing Planet, SCIENCE, Vol. 347, pp. 1-12.


Sukhdev, P. (2012): Corporation 2020: Transforming Business for Tomorrow's World, Island Pr.

The Worldwatch Institut (2012): State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, Island Pr.

Lüpke, G., Lietaer, B., Stiglitz, J., Shiva, V., Sachs, W., Macy, J. (2009): Zukunft entsteht aus Krise, Riemann Verlag. (German only)

Monetary Systems


Eisenstein, C. (2011): Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, Evolver Editions.


Felber, C. (2014): Geld. Die neuen Spielregeln, Deuticke. (German only)


Huber, J. (2012): Monetäre Modernisierung, Metropolis. (German only)


Kennedy, M. (1995): Interest and Inflation Free Money: Creating an Exchange Medium That Works for Everybody and Protects the Earth, New Society Publishers.


Lietaer, B., Arnsperger, C., Brunnenhuber, S., Goerner, S. (2012): Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link, A Report from the Club of Rome, Triarchy Press Ltd.




Bauer, J. (2008): Das kooperative Gen: Abschied vom Darwinismus, Hoffmann und Campe Verlag GmbH. (German only)


Bauer, J. (2008): Prinzip Menschlichkeit: Warum wir von Natur aus kooperieren, Heyne Verlag. (German only)


Frankl, V. E. (2006): Man´s Search for meaning, Beacon Press.


Fromm, E. (2013): To have or to be? Bloomsbury Academic.


Hüther, G. (2011): Was wir sind und was wir sein könnten, S. Fischer. (German only)


Kohn, A. (1992): No Contest: The Case Against Competition, Mariner Books.


Nowak, M. A., Highfield, R. (2012): SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed, Free Press.


Wilkinson, R., Pickett, K. (2010): A Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, Penguin.




Bauman, Z. (2000): Liquid Modernity, the chapter Individuality, Polity Press.


Bauman, Z., Barth, R. (2012): Consuming Life, Polity Press.


Climate Change


Heidbrink, L., Schmidt, I., Ahaus, B. (2011): Die Verantwortung des Konsumenten. Über das Verhältnis von Markt, Moral und Konsum. Campus Verlag. (German only)


IPCC (2013): Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Summary for Policymakers, pp- 1-28, online at:


Jäger, J. (2009): Our Planet: How much more can Earth take? (The Sustainability Project), Haus Publishing.

Püng, H., Leisinger, K. M., Wieland, J. (2010): Manifest Globales Wirtschaftsethos Manifesto Global Economic Ethic: Konsequenzen und Herausforderungen für die Weltwirtschaft Consequences and Challenges for Global Businesses, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.

Rahmstorf, S. (2011): Factsheet zum Klimawandel, Potsdam-Institut für Klimaforschung, pp. 1-2, online at (German only)


Schmidt-Bleek, F., Wiegandt, K.(2008): Nutzen wir die Erde richtig? Die Leistungen der Natur und die Arbeit der Menschen., Fischer Taschenbuch. (German only)


Sennett, R. (2012): Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation; Yale Univ Pr.




European Comission (2011). Demography report 2010. Older, more numerous and diverse Europeans. Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Eurostat, online at:




GEA (2012): Global Energy Assessment - Toward a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press. Online at:




Mauser, W. (2007): Wie lange reicht die Ressource Wasser? Vom Umgang mit dem blauen Gold., Forum für Verantwortung, Fischer Taschenbuch. (German only)


Mauser, W. (2009): Water Resources: Efficient, Sustainable and Equitable Use (Sustainability Project), Haus Pub.




Winter, M. and Lobley, M. (2009): What is Land for? The Food, Fuel and Climate Change Debate, earthscan.




Little, R., Maye, D., Ilbery, B. (2010): Collective purchase: moving local and organic foods beyond the niche market, Environment and Planning, volume 42, pp. 1797-1813.


Meijering, L., Huigen, P., Van Hoven, B. (2006): Intentional Communities in Rural Spaces, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp. 42-52.


Obach, B. K., Tobin, K. (2013): Civic agriculture and community engagement, Agric Hum Values (2014), Springer Verlag.


Pole, A., Gray, M. (2012): Farming alone? What´s up with the C in community supported agriculture, Agric Hum Values, Springer Verlag.


Sahu, S.K. (2011): Localized Food Systems: The Way Towards Sustainable Livelihood and Ecological Security – A Review, The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 21 (2. Suppl.), pp. 388-395.


Schnell, S. M. (2013): Food miles, local eating, and community supported agriculture: putting local food in ist place, Agric Hum Values, Springer Verlag, pp. 615-628.


Schönhart, M., Penker, M., Schmid, E. (2009): Challenges for implementation and research, Outlook on Agriculture, Vol. 38, No.2, pp. 175-182.


Selfa, T., Qazi, J. (2004): Place, taste, or face-to-face? Understanding producer- consumer networks in local food systems in Washington State, Agricultural Human Values, Springer Verlag, pp. 451-464.



We aim to host the event according to the criteria of the GreenMeetingAustrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings. Please choose bus or train for your trip to Vienna. Within Vienna a good public transport system is available. Bicylce parking is available at the teaching location. If you have to travel by plane or car, please use the BOKU CO2 compensation system: