Ernest Aigner is a doctoral candidate at the Department for Socioeconomics at Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU). His interests include topics at the intersection of social, ecological and political-economic concerns, as diverse as urban farming, post-monetary societies, sustainable work, and paradigmatic orientations in the economic discipline. Currently he works as a project assistant on paradigmatic orientations in the economic discipline at WU. Before, he finished his studies in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy, where he explored in his master thesis the relations of urban agriculture and racialized capital accumulation in Detroit. As part of former employment, he published working papers on ‘Climate and labor market policies in Sweden’ as well as ‘Pluralism in the Market of Science?’; planned, facilitated as well as lectured in the course ‘The Global Economy – Globalization, Development and Environment’ at Uppsala University in Sweden; and contributed to a systemic literature review on synergies and trade-offs between social and environmental outcomes in biodiversity conservation at the WWF-US in Washington, DC, US.
Lisa Bohunovsky works at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at BOKU 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.
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 – is an internationally renowned speaker, lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and a contemporary dancer. Christian has authored several bestsellers: „50 Suggestions for a fairer World“, „New Values for the Economy“, „Let’s save the Euro!“, „Change everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good“, and „Money. The new rules of the game“, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. He is the initiator of the „Economy for the Common Good“ and the project „Bank for the Common Good“. Felber was born in 1972, studied Spanish, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences in Madrid and Vienna, where he lives and works as an independent writer.
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 . Wolfgang 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.
Bart Jan Krouwel
Bart Jan Krouwel is co-founder and first General Manager of the fully independent Triodos Bank Ltd., a new banking institution operating on the basis of the anthroposophical way of life. For this work he received a special award from Prince Claus of the Netherlands, the FEM/PA medal for socially innovative entrepreneurship. In 1986 the National Insurance Supervisory Board granted Bart Jan Krouwel, as co-director, a licence to establish 'MEDIOS' B.A., a completely new and independent health and medical insurance company for alternative and complementary medicine. From 1993 to 1996 he was Managing Director of a number of affiliated, privately runned foundations in the field of national and international environment management, humanitarian aid, healthcare and peace initiatives. From 1996 to 2009 he held the post of Managing Director Corporate Social Responsibility at the Rabobank. Today he is working as an independent Consultant, Governor and Supervisor in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Helga Kromp-Kolb graduated from the University of Vienna in Meteorology in 1971, specialized in environmental meteorology. She heads the Institute of Meteorology and the 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, air pollution dispersion in the atmosphere and nuclear risks. She has coordinated and participated in many national, EU- and international programs and projects. She is scientific consultant to the Austrian government in climate change, air pollution and nuclear risk topics and member of scientific councils and steering committees of research institutions such as the Meteorological Service of Austria or the Potsdam Institute of Climate Research and companies such as the Bank Austria. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work and was elected “Scientist of the Year 2005” by the Austrian Science Journalists Association.
Friedrich Leitgeb, Dipl.-Ing. Dr.: Born 1978 in Klagenfurt (Austria); studied agriculture at BOKU university; several study visits to Spain; field research in Cuba; PhD on the topic of farmers’ experiments and innovations; since 2009 lecturer at BOKU university; currently research assistant at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Division of Organic Farming; gives lectures on organic farming and regional development; 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.
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 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 (precursor to the Euro) and served as president of the Electronic Payment System while at the Belgian Central Bank.
ROULA NEZI is Postdoctoral Fellow at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany. Previously, she was Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her research interests are in the area of public opinion, political behaviour, and political methodology. She is especially interested in the effect of citizens' economic perceptions on vote choice, political attitudes and in experimental methods in Political Science. For several years she has been conducting research in comparative European projects that inquire representation, political behaviour, and political elites. Since 2013 she serves as the vice- convener of the Greek Public Opinion and Elections group. Her research has been published, among others, in the Journal of European Social Policy, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, Europe-Asia Studies and the South European Society and Politics. She conducted her doctoral studies at the University of Athens and she holds MA and BA degrees from the Universities of Essex and the University of Athens respectively. She is currently an active member of Brain-Gain, a non-governmental organization of young Greek expat professionals and academics aiming to reverse Greece's brain drain and transform the trend into a brain gain.
Eva H. Önnudóttir
Eva H. Önnudóttir obtained her PhD at the University of Mannheim in 2015. She is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Iceland. Her research specializes on electoral behavior, political parties and elites, elections and the implementation of democracy. She has published a number of papers, both single authored and co-authored in journals such as Party Politics, Representation, West-European Politics and Scandinavian Political Studies.
Philipp Salzmann is a political scientist working for FIAN, the international human rights organization for the right to food. In his research, he focuses on the globalized food crisis, food regimes and the access to and control over natural resources. He is active within the Nyéléni movement for food sovereignty since 2011.
Etienne Schneider is a political scientist at the University of Vienna and an editor of PROKLA Journal for Critical Social Science. His current research focuses on the causes of the Eurozone crisis and explores social-ecological alternatives to austerity and neoliberalism, particularly with regard to monetary and industrial policy. Against this background, his recent book “Exit the Euro – enter into dependence? Prospects and Limits of Alternative Economic Policy outside of the Euro” (in German) discusses alternatives to dominant forms of European integration and an increasingly undemocratic crisis management. He is particularly interested in why progressive alternatives fail and how we can learn from these experiences to make alternatives not only desirable, but also viable, feasible and ultimately credible.More Information can be found here.
Helene Schuberth is the head of the Foreign Research Division at the central bank of the Republic of Austria. Her fields of specialization are: country analysis, economics of transition, monetary and fiscal policies, structural and labour market policies, financial governance and macroeconomic policies, economic coordination, European integration
Sigrid Stagl is Head of the Institute for Ecological Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Her research interest covers ecological economics, evolutionary / institutional economics, sustainable work, employment and environment, sustainable behaviour and sustainability appraisal
Nina Thüllen is a globally minded ecologist and project leader who has worked at Greenpeace for more than 15 years. She is highly committed to creating change for common profit, her career being deeply rooted in environmental change. She has evolved from a campaigner to an international campaign leader in Greenpeace, spearheading the development and dispersal of consumer campaigning and mobilisation in the organisation. Her education in systemic consultancy has endowed her with a profound background in systemic consultancy and steering of organisations and designing processes aware roles and contexts. As a systemic consultant she is a catalyst, a mirror, leading individuals, teams and organisations in finding their own solution.
Dr. Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Weltethos-Instituts (WEIT) at the University of 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 on 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.
Elisabeth Voß, business economist in Berlin, is engaged in ideas and practices of alternative, social and cooperative economics, and in the diversity of solidarity economy. After many years of experiences in social associations, cooperatives and in an anarchistic project, she is now working as a freelance publicist and speaker. She gives courses in political education and practical knowledge for housing and workers' cooperatives, and offers advice for these kinds of projects. Enthusiasm is just as important to her as a critical perspective, especially regarding the subjects and projects that are close to her heart. In 2015 she published her book „Wegweiser Solidarische Ökonomie ¡Anders Wirtschaften ist möglich!“ in a 2nd revised and extended edition. More about her: www.elisabeth-voss.de
Richard has been Professor of International Banking at the University of Southampton for over twelve years. He is founding director of its Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development, which is the first research centre to focus on the link between the financial sector and sustainability issues. He is also a member of the ECB Shadow Council and founding chair of Local First, a community interest company establishing not-for-profit community banks in the UK. In the past Richard was a professor of monetary and development economics at Frankfurt University and at Sophia University, Tokyo. He was also chief economist at Jardine Fleming Securities (Asia) Ltd., Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd., senior consultant to the Asian Development Bank and visiting researcher at the Japanese Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Japan and the Development Bank of Japan