Ernest Aigner

Ernest Aigner, MSc. 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. Before, he studied Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy. He published articles on the state of economics including ‘Six Dimensions of Concentration in Economics’ and a working paper on ‘Climate and labour market policies in Sweden’.

Selim Banabak

Selim Banabak is a university assistant at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning at Vienna University of Technology (TU University) at the Centre of Regional Science. His research interests include: quantitative methods of regional analysis; spatial econometrics; regional economic development and inequality; accommodation market and policy; global value chains; political economy and financialization.

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), 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 and former member supervisory board of Austrian development bank.

Lisa Bohunovsky

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. Lisa is a lecturer for introductions in sustainability. She holds a master degree in human biology and a post-graduate MSc in renewable energies. From 2001 to 2003 she worked at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. From 2004 to 2012 she was a 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 sustainability in universities and education for sustainable 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

Christian Felber – is an internationally renowned speaker, lecturer at the University for Applied Arts Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS); as well as 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

Wolfgang Fellner has a broad background in Heterodox Economics (political economy;  various schools of thought) and philosophy of science. His interdisciplinary 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.  He teaches economics and critical social science in the MSc. Socio Ecological Economics and Policy (WU) and MSc. Environmental Sciences (Vienna University).
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 publicatons he deals with consumerism, commodification and the role of paid work in peoples’ life.

Daniel Hausknost

Daniel Hausknost, born in 1975, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Social Change and Sustainability (IGN) at the Vienna University of Economics. As a political scientist he is particularly interestes in the relationship of modern (liberal) democracy, the state and socio-ecological transistions. Questions guiding his research include: is liberal democracy institutionally able to steer a sustainability transition? Is the modern state inherently dependent upon unsustainable economic practices or can it be brought in line with the requirements of long-term sustainability? Is modern democracy structurally tied to economic growth? What would a 'transformative' democracy possibly look like? What would a sustainable democratic state have to look like? Daniel holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Keele University (UK) and a Masters degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Vienna. He has published numerous articles in international journals and is currently working on his professorial dissertation, exploring the contours of a 'transformative democracy'. Prior to entering academia, he was an environmental campaigner for Global 2000 and international environmental NGO networks

Dirk Holemans

Dirk Holemans (°1965) is coordinator of Oikos, a Brussels based think tank that develops inspiring social-ecological alternatives for societal challenges. Dirk previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at various universities and was member of the Flemish parliament and councilor for the Green party in Gent. Within the European network he is active as a director of the Green European Foundation. He graduated as a bio-engineer and later broadened his horizons with studies in philosophy and economics.

Here are two links to relevant online publications:
- Citizens building a new Europe
- Public-Civil-Partnerships for a Better City

Christian Kerschner

Christian holds a master’s degree in business and economics from the University of Vienna and a masters and a doctorate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He studies the phenomenon of Peak-Oil and the respective vulnerabilities of economies, attitudes towards technology and alternatives to the paradigm of economic growth. His paper proposing a connection between the steady state economy and economic degrowth has been widely cited in his field and he has just finished co-editing a long awaited special issue on Degrowth & Technology. Currently, he is assistant professor at MODUL University Vienna.

Helga Kromp-Kolb

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.

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.

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; 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.

Philipp Metzger

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor is a London-based political economist, author and public speaker. She is the Director of PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics), a network of economists believing that ‘mainstream’ economic theory has proved of almost no relevance to the ongoing and chronic failure of the global economy and to the grave threat of climate change.
Other posts of hers include: the Chair of the advisory board of Goldsmith’s College Political Economy Research Centre; an honorary fellowship at City University’s Political Economy Research Centre, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She was named as one of a council of seven economic advisers in 2015 and appointed to Labour’s Task Force on international development in 2017. Ann is also a trustee of the British organization Promoting Economic Pluralism (PEP).
In her book, The Production of Money (published in Spring, 2017), she explains the nature of money and the monetary system and addresses issues like Bitcoin and QE. As the former editor of The Real World Economic Outlook (Palgrave 2003), she predicted an Anglo-American debt-deflationary crisis, followed by The Coming First World Debt Crisis.
Ann is also known for her work on sovereign debt and the international financial architecture: She was on the front of the Jubilee 2000-campaign, which led to the cancellation of approximately $100 billion of debt owed by the poorest countries; and the clearance by the Nigerian government of $30 billion of debt in 2005.

Tobias Plettenbacher

Tobias studied Landscape Ecology at the BOKU University Vienna. For 14 years he was co-founder and Technical Director of WLM Office for Vegetation Ecology & Environmental Planning in Innsbruck Tyrol and was working in the field of forestry, ecology, environmental planning and protection, modeling and simulation of ecosystems, geoinformatics and programming.
From 2005 he focused on the monetary and financial system. In summer 2007 he published the book “Neues Geld – Neue Welt” (New Money - New World - The Imminent Economic Crisis - Causes and Ways Out” - bestseller at planetVERLAG). Since 2008 he is founder and Leading Director of the Time-Exchange-Network WIR GEMEINSAM (, the largest “Time Bank” and “Local Exchange and Trading System” in Austria and Germany with 2.000 members in 26 regions.
In the last 10 years he collected comprehensive experiences and know how in time banks, regional money and post-monetary economies and communities (Community Supported Agriculture, Community Gardens and Fields, FoodCoops, Repair Cafés, neighborly help…) and in organizing voluntary teams and associations (Sociocracy, Nonviolent Communications...).
Tobias is an enthusiastic and inspiring lecturer and consultant for alternative monetary and economic systems, regional economy, sustainable society and social change. He published about Complementary Currencies, Crypto Currencies, Money Reform, Cash Abolition, Solidary Economics and other themes. He is member of the initiative, the network, and Seitenstettner Kreis.

Armon Rezai

He is a professor at the institute for ecological economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU University), where he habilitated in 2015. His main areas of interest are: macroeconomics; political economy; climate change economics; distribution and inequality; environmental policy and financialization.
Armon did his doctorate in the year 2009 with a Fulbright scholarship at the New School for Social Research in New York and has been a researcher at WU University since then. Among others, he stayed at the University of California at Berkeley, at the University of Cologne and at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas São Paul. He has also been a guest researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg since 2011, and is an associate member at the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies at the University of Oxford.

Helene Schuberth

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.

Clive Spash

Clive L. Spash is an economist who writes, researches and teaches on public policy with an emphasis on social-ecological transformation and critical realist thinking. He served as Vice-President and President of the European Society for Ecological Economics (1996-2006). He is Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Values, and holds the Chair of Public Policy & Governance at Vienna University of Economics & Business (WU). He has worked on economics and policy relating to human induced climate change (since the late 1980s) and biodiversity loss (since the early 2000s). He moved away from mainstream economics: emphasising the connection between biophysical reality and actual economies; researching environmental ethics, plural values and incommensurability; exploring processes of public participation; and linking social psychology to human motivation and ethics. This interdisciplinary work has been combined under the developing field of social ecological economics. His writing is widely cited placing him amongst the top rankings of economists (Handelsblatt; Research Papers in Economics). He has published over 100 academic journal articles and book chapters. See

Sigrid Stagl

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. Sigrid’s 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. Sigrid’s main research interests lie in (1) understanding institutional and behavioural change, (2) improving sustainability appraisal methods and (3) developing ecological macroeconomic models. Besides journal articles, her publications include "Ecological Economics - An Introduction", Cambridge University Press, 2005 (with M Common), which is used in graduate courses worldwide. From 2003 to 2012 Sigrid served as Vice-President and then President of European Society for Ecological Economics. She is now Director of the MSc Program “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy”, which started in October 2012 at WU.

Bernd Villhauer

Bernd Villhauer is the Managing Director of the Global Ethic Institute (WEIT) at the University of Tübingen since January 2015, as well as the Director of the Good Governance Lab at the European School of Governance (EUSG) Berlin. 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.
After his PhD thesis on a cultural-philosophical topic (Aby Warburg and Ernst Cassirer) he worked for various companies in the publishing and media sector, most recently as editorial director of the publishing group Narr Francke Attempto. Before that he held positions in the middle management at the publishing houses Mohr Siebeck and Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (WBG).
At the same time, he taught as a lecturer at the universities of Karlsruhe, Jena, Darmstadt and Tübingen. His lectures focused on cultural and media science issues as well as theoretical and practical philosophy and economics. He is co-founder of the Institute for Philosophy of Practice e.V. in Darmstadt. Since the summer 2013 he offers a seminar "Money and Ethics" at the Global Ethic Institute. He is also the initiator of the series "Klüger wirtschaften". His current work focuses on monetary theory, financial ethics and investment, topics he bloggs about in his “Finanz und Eleganz”-Blog. Bernd Villhauer is currently writing his book "Finanzmarkt und Ethik. Eine Einführung" and hopes to finish it in autumn 2019.

Shermin Voshmgir

Shermin is the director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics, and 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. She regularly speaks at conferences especially in the context of tokens, sustainability and social impact of future technologies. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics. Furthermore, she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. She is Austrian, with Iranian roots, and lives between Vienna and Berlin.

Peter Wahl

Peter Wahl, studied in Mainz, Aix en Provence and Frankfurt political economy and sociology. 1990-2013 head of department on financial regulation in 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. Board member of WEED. Author of numerous publications on international finance, taxation, trade and development.

Richard Werner

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.