Environmental Colloquium

This monthly research colloquium is centered around the relationship between nature and society. The colloquium is a space for the discussion of theoretical and empirical texts as well as of research projects and student theses. It is open to researchers, students, and practicioners working in the field of environmental and resource politics.

Unless otherwise announced, the colloquium language is English.

Contact: Melanie Pichler & Christina Plank

Summer term 2018

13.03.2018 6:00 –7.30 pm (IPW):“Louison Cahen-Fourot on “The transformation of the social relation to energy from Fordism to neoliberal capitalism. A comparative empirical and macroeconomic exploration in high income countries (1950-2010).”

10.04.2018 (SEC) (we start at 6.30 pm!):Alice Vadrot on “IPBES between theory and practice: how weighted concepts travel”.

08.05.2018 May  6:00 –7.30 pm (IPW): Huan Qingzhi on ecosocialism and ecocivilization in China (tbc)

WEDNESDAY 13.06.2018  6:00 –7.30 pm (SEC): Isabella Radhuber on “A relational perspective on resource use and postcoloniality”

Dates and topics in previous terms

Dates for the winter term 2017/2018

14.11.2017 18:00-19:30 pm (IPW): “The role of numbers in environmental policy” (paper by Tone Smith-Spash)

12.12.2017 18:00-19:30 pm (SEC): “Technology appropriation in a de-growing economy” (article by Lukáš Likavčan and Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle)

09.01.2018 18:00-19:30 pm (SEC): global resource dynamics as challenges for social-ecological transformations (input by Christoph Görg and Christina Plank)


IPW: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, 2nd floor, A222, 1010 Vienna

SEC: Institut für Soziale Ökologie, Schottenfeldgasse 29, 3rd floor, SR3b, 1070 Vienna

Summer term 2017

28.03.2017: 6-7:30 pm (SEC): Prosperity, growth and politics (presentation and discussion of the AK working paper by Markus Griesser & Ulrich Brand (in German)

03.05.2017: 6-7:30 pm (IPW): Polányi and sustainability transitions (input by Aron Buzogany)

09.05.2017: Imperial mode of living (book presentation by Ulrich Brand & Markus Wissen (WU – time and room to be announced)

27.06.2017: 7-8:30 pm (SEC): Sustainable modes of production and consumption & community supported agriculture (input by Christina Plank)

Winter term 2016/17

10.10.2016, 6-8 pm (SEC): “Imagining biofuels in Ukraine” (discussion of a draft text by Christina Plank)

2.11.2016, 6-8 pm (SEC): Systems, structures and actors in social ecology (input and discussion with Daniel Hausknost)

6.12.2016, 6-8 pm (IPW): “Auf dem Weg zu einem grünen Kapitalismus” (lecture by and discussion with Hendrik Sander) (in German)

17.01.2017, 6-8 pm (SEC): Materiality, democracy and ecology (discussion of a text draft by Melanie Pichler, Christoph Görg and Ulrich Brand)

Summer term 2016

15.03.2016: 5:30-7:30 pm (SEC): Deforestation in Latin America: The role of indigenous peoples land tenure regimes (input by Graziano Ceddia)

12.04.2016: 5:30-7:30 pm (SEC): dropped

12.05.2016: 6:00-8:00 pm (IPW): Receding into sustainability? “Financial” crisis and material use in the European Union (input by Anke Schaffarzik & Melanie Pichler)

20.06.2016: 6:00-8:00 pm (IPW): Contradictions between capitalism and democracy in societal nature relations (input by Christoph Görg, Ulrich Brand & Melanie Pichler)

Winter term 2015/16

20.10.2015: 4:30-6:30 pm (IPW): transformative and transformation research (input by Ulrich Brand)

18.11.2015: 2:00-3:30 pm (SEC): Payments for ecosystem services (text discussion)

15.12.2015: 5:00-7:00 pm (SEC): The rebound effect (input by Tilman Santarius)

12.01.2016: 4:00-6:00 pm (SEC): The role of Castoriadis for the degrowth movement (input by Viviana Asara)

Summer term 2015

22 April: 5:30-7:30 pm: Timothy Mitchell – Carbon Democracy (text discussion)

26 May: 5:30-7:30 pm: Ingolfur Blühdorn – The Governance of Unsustainability (text diskussion)

24 June: 5:15-6:30 pm: Presentation of the draft paper “Sustainable Agrofuels. Breaking the Vicious Cycle” (by Christina Plank, Anke Schaffartzik, Alina Brad and Andreas Mayer)

Winter term 2014/15

14.10.2014, 15:00-16:30: transdisciplinary research

11.11.2014, 16:30-18:30: discussion of the report “Better Growth, Better Climate” (with Clive Spash – WU Wien)

09.12.2014, 16:30-18:30: Dirty, Clean Power? The Emergence and Implications of Municipal Waste as a Renewable Energy Source in Austria (presentation by Ingrid Behrsin)

13.01.2015, 16:30-18:30: How transnational (and how national) is the European anti-GMO movement? France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria and Spain in comparison (presentation by Franz Seifert)

Summer term 2014

11.03.2014, 17:00-19:00: The financialisation of land

31.03.2014, 17:00-19:00: Land rights in Indonesia (presented by Noer Fauzi Rachman)

13.05.2014, 17:00-19:00: Sustainable mode of living (presented by Ines Omann)

10.06.2014, 17:00-19:00: Queer Ecology

Winter term 2013/14

16.10.2013, 17:00-19:00: Underständings of nature in GMO campaigns (presented by Daniela Gottschlich)

12.11.2013, 16:00-18:00: Political ecology of waste

18.12.2013, 17:00-19:00: Green urban commons

15.01.2013, 16:00-18:00: Imperial mode of living