Coordination Group

Katharina Keil

Katharina is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Lausanne. She studied economics, law and politics in Maastricht, Freiburg, Quito and Vienna, where she did a MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University for Business and Economics. In her PhD research, she focuses on systemic barriers to socially and ecologically sustainable production in the German car industry and the role of organized labour in a potential transformation thereof. Her research is situated at the intersection of Marxist Political Economy, Ecological Economics, and sustainable work.

Elena Hofferberth

Elena is a postgraduate researcher in economics at the University of Leeds. Through her research she aims at contributing to the advancement of macroeconomic theory and policy that helps understand and address key challenges of society today. She analyses systemic drivers of climate change and ecological crisis, inequality and instability as well as the interconnections of these phenomena. On that basis, she scrutinises and develops ideas for a social-ecological transformation of the economy, including post-growth and degrowth proposals and ideas for a Green New Deal. Elena is part of several groups and networks that aim to contribute to the development of new economic thinking and foster collaboration and exchange within and beyond academia, such as the Economics and Policy for Sustainability Research Group at the University of Leeds, the Lausanne Ecological Economics Lab, and the Scientific Working Group on Sustainable Money.

Lina Lefstad

Lina is research manager at the Post Growth Institute and works to create collaboration between academia, activists and organisations to foster the post-growth transition. In her research she especially focuses on (climate) justice and equity and how just socio-ecological transformations can come about. She has a BBA in International Business from Utrecht, NL and a MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Leeds, UK.

Lukas Godé

Lukas (he/him) is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His passion for postgrowth economics never ceased to develop since his first contacts with the field in 2018. In his current research, he explores the labor work on which consumption in high-income countries currently relies, and postgrowth-oriented options for the future of work. His research builds on the idea that in a time-constrained world, a good life for all within limits requires a fair international distribution of work.

Jérôme Hambye-Verbrugghen

Jérôme is a PhD student in the Economics Department at the University of Strasbourg. His PhD focuses on how technology-driven structural changes impact energy use and energy intensity. More specifically, he aims to understand whether information & communication and digital technologies produce such changes, and what “side-effects” they bring. His research is encompassed in ecological and post-growth economics thinking, as these allow for new conversations about the role of technology in transitions towards deep sustainability. 

He contributed to found the Rethinking Economics group in Strasbourg and is part of the sustainable development working group of the Economics Department at his university.

Lina Isacs

Lina is a postdoctoral researcher and ecological economist at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research and Department of Economic History at the Uppsala University. She holds a PhD from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her thesis from 2021 treated the value theory and philosophical underpinnings of neoclassical environmental economics through a reflexive and auto-ethnographic methodology, with a focus on the ideas behind monetary valuation of nature and pricing of so-called ‘externalities’. She draws on philosophy of science and critical policy studies to examine the implications of the dominance of neoclassical philosophy and discourse in environmental research and policy.