Coordination Group

Anja Janischewski

I am a PhD student in Economics at Chemnitz University of Technology working on mathematical and computational models of financial markets in a post-growth transition. I studied Applied Mathematics at Graz University of Technology (Austria), Chalmers University (Sweden) and University of Warwick (UK). My work focuses on the question of ‘how to become independent from economic growth’ from a financial markets perspective.

Birte Strunk

I recently started my PhD in economics at the New School in New York, after spending the past six years studying political philosophy, sustainability and economics in Maastricht, London, New York and Vienna. After studying Ecological Economics in Vienna during my Masters, I am now combining ecological perspective with post-Keynesian research in my PhD. In the past, I’ve researched and published on feminist degrowth approaches and philosophy of economics while currently I’m interested in ecological macro frameworks to study the interlinkages (and in the current system: the tradeoffs) between labor demands and ecological demands in growing versus non-growing economies.


Jennifer Hinton

I have been a post-growth researcher and activist for the last ten years or so. My work focuses on the effects of different business structures on global sustainability challenges such as environmental degradation and inequality. I was a co-director of the Post Growth Institute from 2011- 2017. During that time, I co-authored How on Earth, a book that outlines a conceptual model of a post-growth market economy composed of not-for-profit forms of business (the Not-for-Profit World). Most recently, I completed a PhD in which I developed the relationship-to-profit theory, building on my previous work on the Not-for-Profit World model. I am excited to be part of PEN, in order to help hold the space for important discussions about how we can foster the development of sustainable post-growth economies.

Julien Vastenaekels

I am a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant in environmental studies at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). My research focuses mainly on how capital accumulation forms a systemic obstacle to the materialisation of degrowth, while leaving room for transformations. For this purpose, I have been building agent-based models which combine insights both from heterodox political economy and social theory. I have also undertaken some empirical research within alternative food initiatives. In 2018, I contributed to the organization of the Post-Growth Conference at the EU Parliament. I am relatively new to PEN. I have joined the coordination group to help our network to foster interactions and collaborations among us. I will always be happy to support any initiative which allows us to getting to know each other better and discuss ideas related to post-growth economics – in the broad sense, not only the economic side of it!


Lukas Hardt

I am a PhD student at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Overall, I am interested in the question of how we can achieve significant reductions in energy use while maintaining a stable economy that delivers well-being for everyone. Over time I have explored this question from many different angles, looking at the energy return on energy invested of different energy sources, the modelling of energy demand in energy systems models as well as exploring ecological macroeconomic models. My current PhD research investigates how structural changes in the economy can contribute to reducing energy use and creating a post-growth economy. In the future I am hoping to work on developing practical strategies for moving towards a post-growth economy across Europe and particularly in Scotland, my current home. I am a PhD student at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. Overall, I am interested in the question of how we can achieve significant reductions in energy use while maintaining a stable economy that delivers well-being for everyone. Over time I have explored this question from many different angles, looking at the energy return on energy invested of different energy sources, the modelling of energy demand in energy systems models as well as exploring ecological macroeconomic models. My current PhD research investigates how structural changes in the economy can contribute to reducing energy use and creating a post-growth economy. In the future I am hoping to work on developing practical strategies for moving towards a post-growth economy across Europe and particularly in Scotland, my current home. 

Louison Cahen-Fourot

I am a post-doc researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economics of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). I work in the fields of ecological macroeconomics, political economy of capitalism and the environment and climate finance on topics such as the economic and financial impacts of the low-carbon transition, the diversity of capitalism and the social relation to the environment and the interdependencies and interconnections between socio-ecological metabolism and socio-economic dynamics of contemporary economies. I use qualitative analysis as well as quantitative tools such as geometric analysis of data, econometrics (mainly panel and time series) and macroeconomic modelling. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Bordeaux (France), a master’s degree in Sustainable development in transition and developing countries from Clermont-Auvergne University (France), a master’s degree in International Economics, Finance and Regulation and a PhD in Economics from Sorbonne Paris Nord University (formerly Paris-13 University).


Tiziano Distefano

He is a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa (Italy), working in the LOCOMOTION H2020 project called “Low-carbon society: an enhanced modelling tool for the transition to sustainability”. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at the: Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellín, Colombia), Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (Cambridge, UK), and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).

His main current research interests include Ecological Macroeconomics, International Trade, Water Resources and Climate Change, Input-Output, Network Theory, Evolutionary Game Theory, Philosophy and Epistemological Economics. He published in international journals such as Nature Sustainability, Ecological Economics, PloS One, Economic System Research. 

He works in connection with the Societal Transition for a Sustainable Economy focus area.

ResearchGatehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tiziano_Distefano2

Tonny Nowshin

I like to introduce myself as a degrowth and climate justice activist. My interest in Post Growth Economic thinking stems from my studies in Economics and my experience of working in the development sector. I got engaged in the degrowth movement in 2018. At present, I am working with the human rights and environmental NGO Urgewald as a researcher. I am also part of the Save the Sundarbans Network – a movement mobilizing to save the world’s largest mangrove forest in Bangladesh.

After graduating in economics from University of Dhaka, I worked for five years with two leading development organisations in Bangladesh. Although in my first Alma mater I got trained in neoclassical economics, I encountered heterodox approaches in my second masters in HTW-Berlin. My current research interests includes policy designs for a postgrowth transition in global South.

I believe PEN should host a range of discussion and collaborative works keeping the different socio-polico-cultural backgrounds of the economies in mind. For that it is important that PEN hold spaces for diversity and non-normative opinions.