Lecturers 2016


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In alphabetical order:


Kurt Bayer



Bayer, Kurt

Studies in Law (Dr. jur.), International Relations and Economics (Ph.D.), 25 years applied economics research at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO, Vienna), member of WIFO management board; Deputy Director General at the Austrian Ministry of Finance (for economic policy and international financial institutions); Board Director at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Washington, D.C.); Board Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London); Emeritus Consultant at Austrian Institute of Economic Research.

Harald Bender


Harald Bender is founder member and today’s director of basic studies at the Academy on Solidarity Economy within the Ecumenical Foundation in Germany. He is a political scientist and sociologist, graduated at the University of Heidelberg (Dissertation: “Die Zeit der Bewegung – Strukturdynamik und Transformationprozesse”), where he was a member and lecturer at the Institute for Sociology. He is active in various social and political movements such as the Ecumenical Network in Germany, Attac and the Economy for the Common Good, where he is part of the indicator development team.

Lisa Bohunovsky



Lisa Bohunovsky works at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at BOKULB_2_klKl university in the coordination of the strategy process for a sustainable BOKU and the Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria. Lecturer for introductions in sustainability. She holds a master degree in human biology and a post-graduate MSc in renewable energies. From 2001 to2003 she worked at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. From 2004 to 2012 researcher at the private Sustainable Europe Research Institute in Vienna (SERI GmbH), there she gained broad experience in managing (inter)national and interdisciplinary research projects. Her work focuses on participation, sustainability process & strategy development, dissemination of research projects, and scenario development.

Stefan Ederer



Stefan Ederer is Senior Researcher at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. His main areas of interest are macroeconomics, European and national economic policy, and money and financial markets. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Vienna University of Business and Economics and has previously worked there as a researcher and lecturer.

Brian Fath



Brian Fath is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). His research is in the area of systems ecology and network analysis applied to the sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems. His interests range from network analysis to ecosystem theory to urban metabolism to systems thinking and environmental philosophy. Dr. Fath has taught courses on ecological networks and modeling in Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He holds visiting faculty appointments at the School of Environment, Beijing Normal University and at the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences both in Beijing, China. He was also Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Parthenope University of Naples, Italy. He has published over 150 research papers, reports, and book chapters. He co-authored three books, including Flourishing within the limits to growth in 2015; He is Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling; Editor-in-Chief for 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Ecology; President of the North American Chapter of International Society for Ecological Modelling and, among other appointments, he is a member and past Chair of Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.

Christian Felber



The writer, journalist and lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business is an avid participant in the discussion of economic reform and has published a number of books on the subject. Besides being a co-founder of Attac Austria, he was also one of the initiators of the “Common Welfare Economy” and the project “Democratic Bank”. More information can be found here.

Wolfgang Fellner



Wolfgang Fellner is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development, Department Socioeconomics at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He coordinates the research area “Development” at his institute [https://www.wu.ac.at/mlgd/forschung/development/]. He has a broad background in Heterodox Economics (political economy; various schools of thought) and philosophy of science. His research approach is strongly influenced by “Critical Institutional Economics” and explicitly takes into account the social and ecological embeddedness of the economy and the role of power structures. In his endeavour for a more comprehensive notion of welfare, well-being and development he proposed to analyse economic relations in terms of time use instead of mere market transactions. In recent research he deals with the role of paid work in peoples’ life, work life balance and human needs.
For more information see: [https://www.wu.ac.at/mlgd/staff/fellner/]

Marianne Gugler


 Gugler, Marianne

She is a consultant and organization developer and co-founder of the employment  cooperative Otelo eGen. Her areas of responsibility there are organizational affairs and processes. She graduates the master study for community development specialized in cooperatives and local business. Besides she gets involved with the board of friendly society for collaborative living, Sargfabrik in Vienna, where she lives.

Ronald Hechenberger


 Foto Hechenberger

Ronald Hechenberger works since 2012 with the Bank for the Common Good in an advisory and other roles. He is an expert and practitioner in the field of sustainable finance and sustainable energy. He founded several organisations and was a manager and consultant in the telecom and financial industry. He completed a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development at the University of Natural Resources in Vienna and an MBA at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Manfred Kofranek



He works as business consulter and trainer and is member of the Economy for Common Good (ECG).
His professional activites focus on knowledge work and organizations, including intellectual capital reporting.
Within the ECG movement he acts as consulter, auditor and member of the matrix development and international coordination teams.


Christian Kreiss



Dr Christian Kreiss, born 1962, is professor for finance at Aalen University since 2002. Before teaching he was investment banker at Dresdner Bank group. He studied economics in Munich and wrote his dissertation about cartel price policy 1924-1932. He gave MBA-lectures on investment banking at University of Maine, USA, in 2004 and 2006. He wrote four books, many publications, is giving lots of public presentations and has been often on TV and radio. Favorite subjects of research: financial crises, planned obsolescence, corporate corruption of science and higher education, negative impacts of advertising. Homepage: www.menschengerechtewirtschaft.de

Helga Kromp-Kolb




Helga Kromp-Kolb heads the Institute of Meteorology and the newly established Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at the BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Her fields of research include climate change, especially downscaling of GCM results to the regional and local level in the alpine area, air pollution dispersion in the atmosphere and nuclear risks.

More information can be found here.

Katharina Kronsteiner




Katharina Kronsteiner is an entrepreneur, member of the Economy for Common Good and one of the initiators of AEMS. In the past she headed human resources departments of international enterprises and managed organisational change programmes. She specialised in the area of ethical organization development and sustainable change. For more information see here.

Karin Küblböck




Karin Küblböck is an economist with a research focus in the field of international trade, private sector development and international development as well as a lecturer in development economics at the University of Vienna. She regularly conducts educational and training events and consults public and private institutions. She has also broad expertise in process design and facilitation methods.

Zoe Lefkofridi



Prof. Dr. Zoe Lefkofridi, MA, MAIS: Zoe Lefkofridi is (tenure track) Asst. Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Salzburg where she was nominated twice for the Prize of Outstanding Teaching (2015-2016). Before coming to Salzburg she was Jean Monnet and Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute, in Florence (2013-5) and visiting post-doc researcher at EUROLAB-Gesis (2013) and at Stanford University (2011). She has also held positions at the Institute for European Integration Research of the Austrian Academy of Science (2012) and the Dept. of Methods in the Social Sciences of the University of Vienna (2008-2011). Zoe studied European Politics at the College of Europe (Bruges, 2002) as well as at the Diplomatic Academy (2003), the Institute for Advanced Studies (2004-7) and the University of Vienna (2005-9). Her research interests lie in transnational democracy and representation in Europe, with a focus on inequality. Her work appears in Comparative European Politics, European Union Politics, West European Politics, European Political Science Review, among others. Zoe served as co-editor of the journal European Integration Online Papers (2011-2013) and since 2014 she is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of European Public Policy. She serves as a reviewer of more than a dozen international peer-review journals and in 2012 she co-edited the issue ‘Inequality and Representation in Europe’ (Representation).

Friedrich Leitgeb



Friedrich Leitgeb, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.: Born 1978 in Klagenfurt (Austria); studied agriculture at BOKU university; study related stays in Spain; field research in Cuba; PhD on the topic of farmers’ experiments and innovations; since 2009 lecturer at BOKU university, Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Division of Organic Farming; gives lectures on organic farming and regional development and food sovereignty; organizes study field trips to Latin America, Asia and within Europe; research interests are social movements in organic farming, local knowledge, civic and alternative food networks, food sovereignty, urban agriculture, innovations in organic agriculture, regional development. Currently giving lectures for refugees on organic garlic production.
Contact: friedrich.leitgeb@boku.ac.at

Heidi Leonhardt



Heidi Leonhardt is a PhD researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Economic Development at Boku in Vienna. She studied Environmental Management and Socio-ecological Economics and Policy, and has worked at the Institute for Ecological Economics at WU Vienna. As an Ecological Economist she has very diverse research interests, ranging from sustainable agriculture and institutions to redefining the concept of ‘work’ for a socio-ecological transformation. Heidi has spent considerable time learning and researching about Degrowth, focussing especially on non-growing firms. As an active member of the Society for Pluralism in Economics, she moreover promotes the recognition and teaching of heterodox economic theories and schools of thought.

Bernard Lietaer



Bernard Lietaer has studied and worked in the field of money and payment systems for more than 30 years in an unusually broad range of capacities including Central Banker; fund manager; university professor, and a consultant to governments in numerous countries, multinational corporations, and community organizations. He co-designed and implemented the ECU, the convergence mechanism to the single European currency system (the Euro); and served as president of the Electronic Payment System while at the Belgian Central Bank. He is Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Resources at the University of California at Berkeley, and Professor in the Erasmus Mundus program at the Sorbonne in Paris. Information about his work is available on www.lietaer.com


Markus Luger



The social worker, civil journalist and tech aficionado cofounded 2014 together with eight other social entrepreneurs the otelo cooperative where he is responsible for the corporate culture, communication and followership. Furthermore Markus is an ambassador of open technology labs (otelos) where community education, art of hosting and potential development is key. Besides all this, he tries to play the ukulele and find the universal truth.

Lukas Oberndorfer



Lukas Oberndorfer is a member of the scientific staff of the Austrian Chamber of Labour in Vienna and member of the publishing board of juridikum (zeitschrift für kritik|recht|gesellschaft). He is active in the Study Group on Critical European Studies (Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung). His main field of research is critical theory and the empirical study of European integratio, European law and transnational industrial relatiosn; http://homepage.univie.ac.at/lukas.oberndorfer

Stephan Pühringer

 Puehringer, Stephan Webseite


Stephan Pühringer (Johannes Kepler University of Linz) studied economics and socio-economics at the University of Linz and is now a post doc researcher at the Institute for the Comprehensive Analysis of the Economy (ICAE) and lecturer at the Institute of Social and Societal Policy. His research interests cover the history of economic and political thought, neoliberalism studies and the discursive and political influence of economic ideas.

Elke Pirgmaier



Elke Pirgmaier is a PhD researcher at WU Wien / University of Leeds working on ecological macroeconomics. From 2008-2012 she was a researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SER) in Vienna engaged in inter- and transdisciplinary projects on European environmental policies, limits to growth, eco-innovation, sustainable consumption, quality of life research, and environmental indicators. Elke has further work experience with the Sustainable Development Commission in London, the Green Economics Institute in Oxford, the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT) in Vienna and the Austrian Environment Ministry.

Miriam Rehm



Miriam Rehm holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Economics from the New School for Social MiriamREHM_146Research, New York, and an MA equivalent in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU). She has been with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), United Nations Department of Social Affairs (UN DESA), the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). Miriam taught in New York at NYU and the New School, and in Vienna at the WU, the University of Vienna, and at the University of Applied Sciences (BFI) Vienna. She is currently an officer for macroeconomics and distribution in the department of Economics and Statistics at the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (AK Wien). Recent journal publications appeared in Urban Studies, European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, and Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics.

Roland Schatz



Roland Schatz is the Founder and CEO of Media Tenor International and InnoVatio Publishing. Schatz is a journalist in the 5th generation of his family and has devoted the past 30 years to implementing Perception Change by empowering media. In 2008, he launched, together with Prince Ghazi of Jordan, the C1 One World Dialogue foundation, to improve entrepreneurs and media leaders initated the UN Gloval Sustainability Index. Schatz hosts masterclasses on “Unlearning Intolerance” at the UN and teaches at the Institute for Future Management of the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. In 2013 Schatz was appointed Senior Advisor to the General Director of the UN in Geneva.

Sirin Spindler



Sirin Spindler, born in 1991, is a graduate lawyer. She finished her first state examination in spring 2016 at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Germany, her main focus has been international public law and human rights. She is a student assistant at the Global Ethic Institute in Tübingen, where she is trying to achieve a doctorate. She shows commitment in various social areas, such as the refugee crisis or gender equality. Furthermore she tries to master playing the piano.

Bernd Villhauer



Dr. Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Weltethos-Instituts (WEIT) at the University ofVillhauer, Bernd Tübingen (since January 2015). After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, he studied philosophy, antiquities sciences and art history at the Universities of Freiburg, Jena and Hull (UK). After completing his doctorate he worked for various companies in the publishing and media sector, most recently as editing director of the Verlagsgruppe Narr Francke Attempto. During this time he also taught as a lecturer at the Universities of Karlsruhe, Jena, Darmstadt and Tübingen, touching on cultural and media-scientific questions as well as those of the theoretical and practical philosophy and economics. He is also co-founder of the Institute for Praxis der Philosophie e.V.  in Darmstadt. Since 2013 he teaches the Weltethos-Instituts seminar "Money and Ethics". He is also initiator of the series "Klüger wirtschaften ". His current work focuses on the field of monetary theory and financial ethics.He is living in Tübingen, is married and has one daughter.