Summer School Program & Material


AEMS Program 2020

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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.

The program will be divided into two parts:

Preparatory phase:
All participants will be required to prepare using a predetermined list of literature from various scientific disciplines. Please be aware that the lecture phase builds heavily on this material!

Lecture phase: The lecture phase will be a mix of lectures, discussions, workshops, exercises and interactive games – regular attendance, active participation and the presentation of a group project will be required.

Part of the intention behind the creation of the Summer School was to increase the public dissemination of content-related scientific data. In order to reach a wider audience, a number of public events will be organized in addition to the regular program.


Materials - AEMS 2019

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)

Andrew Stirling. 2014. Emancipating Transformations: From Controlling ‘the Transition’ to Culturing Plural Radical Progress. Retrieved (

Brand, Ulrich and Markus Wissen. 2012. “Global Environmental Politics and the Imperial Mode of Living: Articulations of State–Capital Relations in the Multiple Crisis.” Globalizations 9(4):547–60.

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

Book list (strongly recommended to read)

Felber, Christian. 2017. Money - The New Rules of the Game. Springer International Publishing.

Fromm, Erich. 1979. To Have or to Be? London: Sphere.

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

Raworth, Kate. 2017. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Weizsäcker, Ernst U. von and Anders Wijkman. 2017. Come on!: Capitalism, Short-Termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet : A Report to the Club of Rome. New York, NY: Springer.

Further Background Literature

Political Economy

Chang, Ha-joon. 2014. Economics: The User’s Guide; a Pelican Introduction. London: Pelican Books.

Foley, Duncan K. 2008. Adam’s Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Harvard.

Galbraith, John Kenneth. 1970. “Economics as a System of Belief.” American Economic Review 60(2):469–78.

Goodwin, Michael and Dan Burr. 2012. Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures. New York: Abrams ComicArts.

Keen, Steve. 2011. Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned? London: Zed.

Rodrik, Dani. 2012. The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Shaikh, Anwar. 2016. Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises. 1 edition. Oxford; New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Money, Finance and Monetary Systems

Anon. n.d. “McLeay et Al. - 2014 - Money Creation in the Modern Economy.Pdf.” Retrieved April 11, 2018 (

Bank of England. 2014. “Money Creation in the Modern Economy.” 14.

Beat, Weber. 2018. Democratizing Money? Debating Legitimacy in Monetary Reform Proposals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Creutz, Helmut. 2008. The Money Syndrome towards a Market Economy Free from Crises. München, Mährische Str. 4: R. Mittelstaedt.

Eisenstein, Charles. 2011. Sacred Economics: Money, Gift & Society in the Age of Transition. Berkeley, Calif.: Evolver Editions.

Finance Watch. 2018. “Understanding Finance #3: What Kind of Financial Markets Do We Need? | Finance Watch.” Retrieved April 11, 2018 (

Graeber, David. 2014. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Updated and expanded edition. Brooklyn: Melville House.

Huber, Joseph. 2017. Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking. Palgrave Macmillan

Huber, Joseph and Metropolis-Verlag für Ökonomie Gesellschaft und Politik GmbH. 2016. Monetäre Modernisierung Zur Zukunft der Geldordnung: Vollgeld und Monetative.

Hudson, Michael. 2015. Finance as Warfare. London: College Publications.

Kennedy, Margrit I. and Declan Kennedy. 1995. Interest and Inflation Free Money: Creating an Exchange Medium That Works for Everybody and Protects the Earth. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers.

Lietaer, Bernard A. 2012. Money and Sustainability the Missing Link: A Report from the Club of Rome - EU Chapter to Finance Watch and the World Business Academy. Axminster: Triarchy Press. Retrieved April 11, 2018 (

RyanCollins, Josh, Tony Greenham, Richard Werner, and Andrew Jackson. 2017. Where Does Money Come from?: A Guide to the UK Monetary & Banking System.

Skidelsky, Robert and Edward Skidelsky. 2013. How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life. Reprint edition. New York: Other Press.

Wahl, Peter. 2009. Entwaffnet die Märkte!: Der Finanzcrash – Ursachen, Hintergründe, Alternativen. 1st ed. Hamburg: VSA.

Werner, Richard A. 2016. “A Lost Century in Economics: Three Theories of Banking and the Conclusive Evidence.” International Review of Financial Analysis 46:361–79.

Society, Economics and Inequality

Bauman, Zygmunt. 2013. Consuming Life. Hoboken: Wiley.

Bauman, Zygmunt. 2000. Liquid Modernity. Cambridge [etc: Polity Press [etc] : 2000.

Keynes, John Maynard. 1928. “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren.” Retrieved November 29, 2016 (

Küng, Hans, Klaus M. Leisinger, and Josef Wieland. 2010. Manifest globales Wirtschaftsethos: Konsequenzen und Herausforderungen für die Weltwirtschaft = Manifesto global economic ethic: consequences and challenges for global businesses. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.

Pickett, Kate and Richard Wilkinson. 2011. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger. Reprint edition. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press.

Piketty, Thomas and Arthur Goldhammer. 2014. Capital in the Twenty First Century. Belknap Press.

Sennett, Richard. 2013. Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-Operation. London: Penguin.

Varoufakis, Yanis. 2017. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism. London: Bodley Head

Ecological Economics, Resources and Climate Change

Aßländer, Michael Stephan and Ludger Heidbrink. 2011. Die Verantwortung des Konsumenten: über das Verhältnis von Markt, Moral und Konsum. Frankfurt am Main: Campus.

Common, Michael S. and Sigrid Stagl. 2005. Ecological Economics an Introduction. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved April 3, 2015 (

Costanza, Robert and International Society for Ecological Economics. 1997. An Introduction to Ecological Economics. Boca Raton, Fla.; [Place of publication not identified: St. Lucie Press ; International Society for Ecological Economics. Retrieved April 11, 2018 (

Fischbach, Rainer. 2016. Mensch Natur Stoffwechsel, Köln: Papyrossa

Göpel, Maja. 2016. The Great Mindshift. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved January 26, 2017 (

IPCC. 2013. Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Summary for Policymakers. Retrieved April 11, 2018 (

Jackson, Tim. 2016. Prosperity Without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow. Revised. London: Routledge Chapman Hall.

Jacobs, Jane. 2001. The Nature of Economies. Reprint edition. New York, NY: Vintage.

Jørgensen, Sven Erik et al. 2015. Flourishing Within Limits to Growth: Following Nature’s Way. 1 edition. London ; New York: Routledge.

Malm, Andreas. 2017. Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming. London; New York: Verso.

Spash, Clive L. 2017. Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society. Taylor & Francis.

Spash, Clive L. 2007. “The Economics of Climate Change Impacts à La Stern: Novel and Nuanced or Rhetorically Restricted?” Ecological Economics 63(4):706–13.

UNEP. 2016. Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity. Assessment Report for the UNEP Internationale Resource Panel. Retrieved (

Psychology, Incentives, and Cooperation

Bauer, Joachim. 2015. Prinzip Menschlichkeit: warum wir von Natur aus kooperieren. München: Heyne.

Frankl, Viktor E. 1985. Man’s search for meaning.

Fromm, Erich. 2015. To Have or to Be?

Highfield, Martin. 2015. Supercooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed. S.l.: READHOWYOUWANT COM LTD.

Hüther, Gerald. 2017. Was wir sind und was wir sein könnten: ein neurobiologischer Mutmacher.

Kahneman, Daniel. 2013. Thinking, Fast and Slow. Reprint edition. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Transformation, Degrowth and Alternative Economies

Acosta, Alberto and Ulrich Brand. 2018. Radikale Alternativen: Warum man den Kapitalismus nur mit vereinten Kräften überwinden kann. München: Oekom Verlag Gmbh.

Brand, Ulrich. 2016. “‘Transformation’ as a New Critical Orthodoxy: The Strategic Use of the Term ‘Transformation’ Does Not Prevent Multiple Crises.” GAIA  - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 25(1):23–27.

D’Alisa, Giacomo, Federico Demaria, and Giorgos Kallis. 2014. Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era.

Felber, Christian. 2015. Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. Translation edition. London: Zed Books.

Gibson-Graham, J. K., Jenny Cameron, and Stephen Healy. 2013. Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities. Minneapolis ; London: University of Minnesota Press.

McClintock, Nathan. 2013. “Radical, Reformist, and Garden-Variety Neoliberal: Coming to Terms with Urban Agriculture’s Contradictions.” Local Environment 0(0):1–25.

Meijering, Louise, Paulus Huigen, and Bettina Van Hoven. 2006. Intentional Communities in Rural Spaces.

Paech, Niko. 2012. Liberation from Excess: The Road to a Post-Growth Economy. München: Oekom Verlag.

Polanyi, K. 2001. The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time. Beacon Press. Retrieved (