Lecturers 2017

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In alphabetical order:


Lisa Bohunovsky

Lisa Bohunovsky works at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability LB_2_klKlat 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

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.

Helga Kromp-Kolb

Helga Kromp-Kolb heads the Institute of Meteorology and the newlyHelga-Kromp-Kolb-120x150established 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.

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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.

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.

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

Bernd Villhauer

Dr. Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Weltethos-Instituts (WEIT) Villhauer, Berndat 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 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.

Elisabeth Voß

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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