AEMS-Lecturers 2020

(this page will be constantly updated)

Ernest Aigner

is PhD candidate at the Institute for Ecological Economics at Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU). His interests lie at the intersection of social, ecological and political-economic concerns. Currently he works on paradigmatic orientations in economics.

Stefania Barca

works at the Center for Social Studies - University of Coimbra. Some of her latest publications include: book - Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth, journal article - Labour and the ecological crisis: The eco-modernist dilemma in western Marxism(s) (1970s-2000s), blog entry - Within and beyond the pandemic. Demanding a care Income and a feminist Green New Deal for Europe. She is also a Coalition Member of Green New Deal for Europe. More information

Kurt Bayer

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), Deputy Director General at the Austrian Ministry of Finance (for economic policy and international financial institutions).

Fran Boait

is the Executive Director of Positive Money. More information

Brian D. Fath

is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He has published on environmental systems modeling.

Christian Felber

is a writer, university lecturer and contemporary dancer in Vienna. He is the initiator of the „Economy for the Common Good“ and the „Cooperative for the Common Good“. Several bestsellers include „Change everything. Creating an Economy for the Common Good“ and „Money. The new rules of the game“. More information

David Frayne

is a sociologist from the UK, with a particular interest in critical perspectives on the future of work and welfare. He is the author of The Refusal of Work (Zed), the editor of The Work Cure (PCCS), and has written numerous articles for international media. Twitter: @theworkdogma.

Leonore Gewessler

is the Austrian Federal Minister of Climate, Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. More information

Ian Gough

is a visiting professor in CASE and associate of GRI, London School of Economics; Emeritus Professor, University of Bath. Personal website. New online publication.

Thomas Hahn

is an associated professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). More information

Gwendolyn Hallsmith

is the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives. She is the author of several books and workbooks, e.g. "Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies" and has over 35 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally, which has among others included work with the United Nations Environment Program.

Alf Hornborg

is an anthropologist, professor of Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden, author (e.g. Nature, Society, and Justice in the Anthropocene), and editor (e.g. Ecology and Power). His main research interests are economic anthropology, environmental history, political ecology, and ecological economics. Most of his publications deal with global issues of sustainability and environmental justice.

Mira Kapfinger

is co-founder and campaigner of the global Stay Grounded network. The network with more than 160 member organizations aims to reduce aviation and foster a just transport system. Mira is a member of the Austrian climate justice group System Change, not Climate Change!. Above all, she is involved in the working group "Third Runway", which opposes the expansion of Vienna Airport and works for a reduction of air traffic. She holds a master's degree in Environmental and Bioresource Management from BOKU University.

Maximilian Kasy

is an associate professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford. His research interests include: Statistical decision theory (applied to experimental design, machine learning, policy choice, and empirical Bayes methods), Statistics as a social process (publication bias etc.), the use of economic theory in econometrics, Identification and causality, Economic inequality and (optimal) taxation. More information

Mathias Kirchner

is a senior researcher at the Centre for Global Change and Sustainability at BOKU University, Vienna. More information

Helga Kromp-Kolb

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.

Thomas Kubo

runs the Thomas Kubo publishing company. More information

Wolfgang Lalouschek

is a specialist in neurology and a systemical coach. He is the medical head of The Tree Health Centre Vienna, the owner and managing director of The Tree Consulting GmbH and heads the Faculty of Psychosomatics at the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna. He is the founder and coordinator of PlanetYES.


Friedrich Leitgeb

holds a PhD on the topic of farmers’ experiments and innovations; lecturer at BOKU university; 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.

Thomas Lindenthal

is a senior researcher at the Centre of Global Change and Sustainability at BOKU University, Vienna. More information

Giuseppe Littera


Irene Monasterolo

is an assistant professor of Climate Economics and Finance at Vienna University of Economics and Business. More information

Andreas Novy

is the head of the Institute for Multi-​Level Governance and Development at Vienna University of Economics and Business.More information

Thierry Philipponnat

is the Head of Research and Advocacy at Finance Watch. More information

Patrick Scherhaufer

studied political science at the University of Vienna (master and doctoral degree) and completed a postgraduate programme in European Integration at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS). Since 2010 he is working at the Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resource Policy at BOKU University as a senior lecturer and project researcher.

Stephan Schulmeister

is an economic researcher and university lecturer. More information

Sigrid Stagl

was the first graduate from the Ecological Economics program at RPI, New York (May 1999), making her the first PhD in Ecological Economics worldwide. Her thesis was on “Global food production and its alternatives - a socio-ecological economic perspective” (advisor: Sabine O’Hara).  After her studies Sigrid worked at universities in Vienna (Austria), Leeds (UK) and Sussex (UK). She is now Full Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Karl Steininger

is a professor of Climate Economics and Sustainable Transition at Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change (WEGC) and Department of Economics, University of Graz, Austria. More information: University of Graz, Wegener Center.

Alexandra Strickner

is the co-founder and trade expert at Attac Austria. More information. Foto: (c) Matthias Rücker

Nina Treu

is the co-founder of Konzeptwerk. More information

Bernd Villhauer

is the Managing Director of the Global Ethic Institute (WEIT) at the University of Tübingen since January 2015. After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, he studied philosophy, classical studies and history of art at the Universities of Freiburg i.Brsg., Jena and Hull (UK). Born 1966 in Karlsruhe, he now lives in Tübingen, is married and has a daughter. Villhauer is a dedicated collector of old comics.

Shermin Voshmgir

is the founder of BlockchainHub in Berlin. She is the author of the book Token Economy. In the past, she was a curator of TheDAO, an advisor to Jolocom, Wunder and the Estonian E-residency program. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics. Furthermore, she studied film and drama in Madrid.

Peter Wahl

was head of department on financial regulation 1990-2013 and is board member at WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development Assoc. Berlin. Co-founder of Attac Germany and member of its Federal leadership until 2007. Member of the Scientific Council of Attac Germany. Author of numerous publications on international finance, taxation, trade and development.

Beat Weber

is a Vienna-based economist and political scientist employed in the Austrian central bank. In recent years, his research has focused on monetary theory. He is the author of „Democratizing Money? Debating Legitimacy in Monetary Reform Proposals“ and a co-editor of „Kurswechsel“ - an Austrian quarterly for critical research in economic policy making (

Lino Zeddies

born 1990 in Hannover, Germany, is a self-employed activist for social change. After studying economics, he became involved in the Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V., Monetative e.V. and in the International Movement for Monetary Reform. Further stages of his life (organizational consultant, coach and alternative practitioner for psychotherapy) lead him to engage with progressive forms of collaboration and decision-making in organizations and inner transformation. Getting to know numerous small and large solutions for a better world, he put them together in the book "Utopia 2048", published in April 2020.

Christian Zeller

is a professor at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. More information