4978 Research Seminar: Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship - Living Well Within Limits
ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Andreas Novy, Prof. Julia Karen Steinberger, Ph.D.
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/27/23 to 03/03/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/21/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 05/26/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM TC.3.09
Tuesday 05/30/23 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM LC.0.100 Festsaal 1
Wednesday 05/31/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM EA.5.040
Friday 06/02/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.074

Julia Steinberger, Professor of Ecological Economics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, is the fifth Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor. The PhD seminar, held by Julia Steinberger and supported by Andreas Novy, addresses the ongoing climate crisis from an Ecological Economics perspective. It focuses on limits to growth, climate-friendly living and socio-ecological transformation: How does capitalist growth imperative impact on contemporary provision systems? How to transform contemporary provision systems and how to shape desired, effective and feasible socialecological transformations?

The broad aim of the seminar is to sharpen a critical perspective on climate politics, climate polices as well as climate activism. Due to multiple crises, the seminar contextualizes current debates in broader debates of political ecology, a post-growth society as well as geopolitical and geoeconomic challenges.

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the students will

  • have additional knowledge on social-ecological transformation, post-growth economies and climate policies
  • have deepened their understanding of key concepts of ecological economics
  • have got access to state-of-the-art contemporary critical social research
Attendance requirements

Regular attendance, one absence permitted

Teaching/learning method(s)

In each session, a lecture by Julia Steinberger on the readings and their significance for the themes pursued in the seminar will be followed by a class discussion. Attendance is required and participation in seminar discussions is important.


1. Regular attendance (one absence permitted) and active participation in seminar discussions.

2. A short oral presentations on parts of the course literature (15 %).

3. A one- page written proposal submitted by May 25 (10 %).

3. A reflection paper on the public lecture (15 %)

4. A term paper on a subject related to the topics discussed in the seminar (60 %).

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

The Research Seminar Living Well within Means will be open for PhD-Students at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), University of Vienna and Central European University (CEU). Also, Master-Students at University of Vienna and CEU will be able to participate. Participation is limited.

Interested Students have to submit an application with a letter of  motivation (1 page max) and a CV. Please send your application to the following mail-addresses and pay attention to the dateline:

Send your application to:, until February 20th 2023.

More information on the Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship is found at the website of the International Karl Polanyi Society.


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Last edited: 2023-01-13