Summer School Program & Material


AEMS Program 2018

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 professionals 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 25 - August 10, 2018) 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

July, 25th 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at TU Kuppelsaal:
Official Welcome & Introduction into the AEMS Summer University by the AEMS Steering Committee. Afterwards lectures on planetary boundaries, new thinking and new financial structures for a sustainable future by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Helga Kromp-Kolb and Christian Kreiss, followed by a panel discussion.

July, 31st 2018, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Palais Harrach:
Panel Discussion on Monetary Reform by Helene Schuberth, Christian Felber and Richard


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: