Summer School Program & Material

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.

Here, you can find the reports from the past years:

Online-AEMS program 2020


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The program 2020 was divided into two parts:

Preparatory Sessions:
All participants have been required to prepare using a predetermined list of literature from various scientific disciplines, with the live-sessions building up on this material.

Live-Sessions: Students engaged in interactive sessions with the lecturers: discussions, simulations, games. Regular attendance, active participation and the presentation of a group project have been required.

Part of the intention behind the creation of the Summer School was to increase the public dissemination of content-related scientific data. Therefore, the opening event was also publicly accessible via live-stream. Missed it? - You can still watch it here.


Materials - AEMS 2020

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.


Article list (obligatory to read)

Otto, I. al. (2020). Social tipping dynamics for stabilizing Earth’s climate by 2050. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Steffen, W. et al. (2015). Planetary Boundaries: Guiding Human Development on a Changing Planet. Science 347(6223):1259855.

Leijonhufvud, A. (1973). Life Among the Econ*. Economic Inquiry, 11(3), 327–337.


Book list (strongly recommended to read)

Fromm, E. (1979). To Have or to Be? London: Sphere.

Klein, N. (2014). This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. 1st edition. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Kelton, S. (2020). The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy. John Murray.

Chang, H.-J. (2014). A Pelican Introduction Economics: A User’s Guide. Pelican, London.

Goodwin, N. et al. (2019). Macroeconomics in Context, 3 edition. ed. Routledge, New York.

Goodwin, N. et al. (2013). Microeconomics in Context, 3rd Edition, 3 edition. ed. Routledge, Armonk, New York.