Adelheid Biesecker

Prof. Dr. em. Adelheid Biesecker was Professor of “Economic Theory with Special Consideration of the Socio-Historical Conditions of Origin” in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bremen. Her research interests include ecological and feminist economics. She is a member of the network “Vorsorgedes Wirtschaften”, the Association for Ecological Economics (Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie – VÖÖ) and of the Scientific Advisory Board of attac Germany. In her work she focuses on models of feminist economics in economic policy practice,

Andreas Novy

Andreas Novy is associate professor and head of the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development at the Department of Socioeconomics at WU Vienna. He is president of the International Karl Polanyi Society (IKPS). In 2019 he received, together with Brigitte Aulenbacher, Richard Bärnthaler and Veronika Heimerl, the Kurt-Rothschild-Award for his work on Karl Polanyi.  His most recent publications include Local social innovation to combat poverty and exclusion: a critical appraisal (co-eds. S. Oosterlynck and Y. Kazepov (2020, Polity Press), Kari Polanyi: Die Finanzialisierung der Welt. Karl Polanyi und die neoliberale Transformation der Weltwirtschaft (2020, Beltz Verlag; co-eds. M. Brie and C. Thomasberger; German translation of From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialisation), Karl Polanyi: Wiederentdeckung eines Jahrhundertdenkers (2020, Falter, co-eds. B. Aulenbacher, M. Marterbauer and A. Thurnher) and Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften (Future-fit Economics) (2020, Beltz Verlag, together with R. Bärnthaler and V. Heimerl).

Anna Saave

Anna Saave is a feminist ecological and political economist who focuses on the interweaving of care, reproductive work and ecological processes with the capitalist mode of production, on theories of accumulation as well as on post-growth and transformation research, in which she examines strategies for a socio-ecological transformation. She studied environmental sciences and sustainability economics in Germany, Iceland and the USA, leading to her dissertation “Incorporation and Externalization. On the Inside-Outside Relationship of the Capitalist Mode of Production”. She teaches feminist economics, political economy and ecofeminism. 

Barbara Thiessen

Barbara Thiessen is a professor in education science, counselling and gender at Bielefeld University, Germany. Her research focuses on counselling and gender; care theory, democracy and social justice; doing family and caring communities. Previously, she was a professor at Landshut University of Applied Sciences for gender-sensitive social work and a senior researcher for family policy at the German Youth Institute in Munich. She was chair of the German Society for Social Work (DGSA) from 2016 to 2022. She is a founding member of https://care-macht-mehr.com/

Birgit Sauer

Birgit Sauer is professor emerita of Political Science at the University of Vienna. She works on state theory and democracy with a feminist perspective and on right-wing populism and gender.





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Corinna Dengler

Corinna Dengler works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Socioeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). In 2020, she graduated with a cumulative PhD on what degrowth learns from the feminist critique of science, economics, and growth from the University of Vechta and then transferred to a postdoctoral researcher position at the department for development and postcolonial studies at University of Kassel. Her research focuses on heterodox economics with an emphasis on feminist economics, ecological economic, and global political economy and she is interested in inter- and transdisciplinary work at the intersections of feminisms, decoloniality, and the environment more broadly.

Fabienne Décieux

Board Member & Financial Referent

Fabienne Décieux is a research assistent at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Vienna within the FWF research project “NorM – Norms around Motherhood” and a PhD student at the Department of Social Theory and Social Analyses at the Institute of Sociology of the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Her main research areas are social theory, sociology of work and care, social policies, and gender studies. Among her publications are: Capitalism in Transformation. Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century, 2019 (with Atzmüller, Aulenbacherm Brand, Fischer, Sauer), Gespannte Arbeits- und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Marktkapitalismus (with Becker and Binner) and “The origins of our time” Articulations between neoliberal social-policy reforms and the shift to the far-right through the light of Polanyi’s theory of fascism (with Atzmüller).

Hanna Völkle

Hanna Völkle researches the feminist-ecological economics of time and is a PhD student at the University of Vechta. She works as a social scientist and research associate for the Harriet Taylor Mill-Institute for Economics and Gender Studies at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Maren Jochimsen

Maren Jochimsen is an ecological economist and was Secretary General of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels, an umbrella organisation of networks of women scientists and organisations working for equal opportunities in science. She worked at the University St.Gallen, the University of Cambridge, the Harvard University. Maren is co-founder of the Network for Preventive Economy and co-editor of the Lebensweltökonomie series, on which she herself also publishes a wide range of publications.

Nathan Barlow

Nathan Barlow is a PhD candidate at the MLGD Institute at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). His research areas and interests are degrowth, strategies for social ecological transformation, and understanding how related movements are taking shape on both sides of the Atlantic. He is active in Degrowth Vienna authored a collected volume on Degrowth & Strategy.  His most recent works focused on transformative innovation and theoretical and practical transformative realism in Austrian rural areas.

Richard Bärnthaler

Richard Bärnthaler is a prae doc researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development. His research focuses on strategies for a social-ecological transformation. He is a.o. winner of the Kurt Rothschild Award for Economic Journalism and Research 2019, member of the International Karl Polanyi Society and part of the Vienna Foundational Economy Collective.

Ulrike Knobloch

Ulrike Knobloch is an economist and philosopher researching gender-conscious business ethics, lifeworld economics and care economics as well es health care economics comparison. She is an expert on the economics of care work and Professor of Economics and Gender at the University of Vechta, teaching Plural Feminist Economics and its normative foundations, Economics of paid and unpaid labor and feminist-critical thinking in social economy and household economics.