Sandra Antelmann

© Sandra Antelmann

Sandra Antelmann studied sociology, political science, geography and cultural anthropology with a focus on urban and sustainability studies. In her Diploma thesis „Sufficiency, Commons and Care – approaches to urban degrowth movements“ she dealt with (queer-)feminist approaches to alternative economies like Ecommony and Care Economy. She is active in the degrowth network „Netzwerk Wachstumswende“ and network care revolution. In 2013 she co-curated the social science program „Common Spaces – Visions of a Sustainable City“ for the festival „Odyssee : Klima“ at Stadttheater Bremerhaven.


Christine Ax

© Christine Ax

Born 1953 in Aachen, she lives in Hamburg. Ax studied economy and philosophy and politics, in Aachen and Strasburg. Since 1996 she is working as a scientist and author. Ax published several books and many articels round a more sustainable economy and society. Her special focus since 1997 is small industries, new arts and craft, good work and degrowth.


Ronald Blaschke

© Ronald Blaschke

Ronald Blaschke studied philosophy and pedagogy. He is co-founder of the German Basic Income Network and the Unconditional Basic Income Europe Network. He has been active for more than a decade on basic income and its history as well as neighbouring fields such as poverty, post-growth society, and gender equality. He has co-edited three books and authored numerous articles about basic income. He is currently preparing the publication of a book on the topic of “Basic Income in the Feminist and Post-Patriarchal Debate” and articles on the history of the idea of basic income in Europe and North America.

Katharina Bohnenberger

Katharina Bohnenberger has an academic background in Philosophy, Economics and Environmental Studies. She is currently graduating in Social Policy at the University of Bremen. Her main research interest is how social policies can support the transition to a degrowth society.

Slides (pdf) [German].

Ulrich Brand

© Ulrich Brand

Ulrich Brand, born 1967, grew up by Lake Constance, studied Business Administration at the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education (focusing on tourism, Diploma in 1989) and Political Science and Economics in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Buenos Aires (Diploma in 1996). He wrote his doctoral dissertation about the relation between the state and NGOs in international Environmental Policy (2000), and the title of his habilitation thesis was “The Political Form of Globalisation. Social Powers and Institutions in the Internationalised State” (2006).

From 2000 he was a postdoctoral research fellow in a Volkswagen Foundation funded project on international environmental and natural resources policy, and from 2001 a research assistant for “Globalisation & Politics” in the faculty for Social Sciences at Kassel University. He has had extended research visits to the USA (1995), Mexico (2000), Canada (2003), lecturing at the universities Frankfurt am Main and Kassel, in the autumn semester of 2005 at Rutgers University, New Jersey, in the winter semester 2006/2007 at Hochschule Bremen, in the summer semester of 2007 as guest professor at Vienna University. Since September 2007 he is professor for international politics at the Institute for Political Science at Vienna University.

Martin Finger

© Martin Finger

Martin Finger is a freelance software developer. He started his studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Economy & Management with the question: “How does our Economy work and what is the role of money?” At the end of his studies, he came to the conclusion that another economy requires a different understanding of money by describing the modified role of money in his diploma thesis. Currently he is taking a timeout in order to put his vision into practice. His first task is to introduce a complementary currency by the name of Credere.


Bernd Fittkau

Professor emeritus of the University of Hamburg in the field of Pedagogical Psychology and Counselling. For three years he has been engaged with the Hamburg regional group of the Gemeinwohlökonomie (Economy for the Common Good).


Ulrike Guérot

© Ulrike Guérot

Dr. Ulrike Guérot works as publicist, author and analyst on topics evolving around issues of European integration as well as the of Europe in the international arena. She is founder and director of the European Democracy Lab (EDL), a think tank based in Berlin at the European School of Governance (eusg). The central idea thereof is the idea of a res publica europaea, a European Republic, where the European common interest and the transnationality of the whole European Republic is stressed and placed above the nation state.

Prior to that, Ulrike Guérot headed the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations and taught at prestigious universities such as at the European University Viadrina, the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, the INSEAD Singapore or at the John Hopkins University. In addition she researched on democracy and democratisation at the Berlin Social Sciences Center (WZB).

As of April 2016 Ulrike Guérot will accept a professorship at the Danube University Krems and manage the department for European politics and democracy.

At times of the present crisis in Europe Ulrike Guérot pursues the idea to erect a future-proof architecture for the 21st century Europe which is democratic and puts the citizens at its centre.

Jeremy Heighway

Jeremy Heighway currently lives in Leipzig, was an active participant at the degrowth conference in 2014, and took part in the basic income GAP sessions. He also wrote a stirring paper on infrastructures for a parallel GAP. In his day job, Jeremy mostly does translations from German to English in the field of renewable energy.


Elena Hofferberth

© Elena Hofferberth

Elena studied Political Economy of Development (MSc) in London and Ethnology, Political Science and Publicity (M.A.) in Mainz. She coordinates the working group for the summer school “Skills for System Change” held by the Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie in Leipzig. Elena has long been active in social networks, most recently in the SOAS Open Economics Forum in London and the project group Globabal bewegt! in Mainz.

Hanna Ketterer

© Hanna Ketterer

Hanna Ketterer holds a BA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht (2010) and a MPhil in Sociology from the University ofCambridge (2011). Her research experience lies in the areas of volunteering and basic income studies. As a research assistant at ETH Zurich she conducted a study on individual justice attitudes and positions towards the basic income. Since November 2015, she is pursuing a phd on the basic income and its consequences for work with the research group „post-growth societies“ at the University of Jena.

Slides (pdf).

Judith Kleibs

Judith Kleibs, born in 1985, lives in Leipzig and is currently working in the non-profit association „oikos“ which commits for sustainability at the university. After her Bachelor in Sociology in Leipzig she was a volunteer in an environmental project in India and worked for an NGO in Leipzig. In 2012 she began studying the Master degree programme Social Theory in Jena. Parallel to her studies she was part of the organisation team for the Degrowth Conference 2014. Judith Kleibs has completed her Master in 2015 and is now planning to establish a „Degrowth place“ in Leipzig.

Slides (pdf).

Tobias Krall

Tobias Krall has studied Environmental System Science with subject focus on Economics at the University of Graz (Austria). His master’s thesis reflects his interest for both basic income and the dilemma of economic growth. Most importantly, however, he is a passionate dancer.


Otto Lüdemann

Professor emeritus of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, in the field of pedagogy. Has been actively engaged in the Hamburg Basic Income Network since 2010.

Slides (pdf) [German],
Manuscript (pdf) [German].

Gabriele von Moers

Basic Income Munich


Eva Nalbach

Currently Master student of Economic and Econometrics and Research Assistant at the University of Bristol. My main interests are the link between Philosophy and Economics, the underlying values and available choices and the limitations thereof imposed by the economic reality we live in today. With a particular interest in the impact of neoclassical economics on consumption, well-being and the environment, and a desire to explore creative alternatives to the neoclassical approach for the future of the international society of tomorrow.

Slides (pdf) [German].

Dagmar Paternoga

© Dagmar Paternoga

Dagmar Paternoga is an addiction therapist, psychotherapist and social worker, she spent six years in Zambia doing development cooperation work. Since 2002 she has been an activist with attac and since 2013 is in the attac council. Dagmar Paternoga works on and has published on: unconditional basic income, especially world wide basic income growth criticism; psychiatry, primarily the campaign against the flat-rate payment system for psychiatric and psychosomatic medicine.

Anne Pinnow

© Anne Pinnow

Anne studied sociology, sustainability management and ethnology in Halle (Saale) and Rouen in France. During her studies she was active with attac Halle, organized seminars and conferences, helped connect local activists and started several initiatives. She has additionally completed a training course in nonviolent communication.

Werner Rätz

© Werner Rätz

Werner Rätz is active with Attac-AG genug für alle (Attac enough for everyone) and the Attac focal point of “Global Poverty and Overcoming the Destruction of Nature with Solidarity”. He currently occupies the position of the information office for Latin America in the coordination group of Attac Deutschland. He has long been engaged with Unconditional Basic Income and criticism of economic growth and has published copiously on these topics. Between 2012 and 2014 he took part in the project “Solidarity in Employment Relationships” at the Institut Solidarische Moderne, in particular researching the economics of time and regimes of time.

Manuscript (pdf) [German]

Ulrich Schachtschneider

© Ulrich Schachtschneider

Energy consultant, freelance social scientist, author Main research: What are the main ideas of changing the society to achieve ecological sustainability? How can we integrate social and environmental policies in a liberal way?

Slides (pdf).

Matthias Schmelzer

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Matthias Schmelzer is a research assistant at the Chair of Modern History and the History of Switzerland at the University of Zurich and also works at the Research Group on “Post-Growth Societies” at the University of Jena. He has been published on the topics of growth policy and growth criticism.

For the post-growth atlas “Weniger wird mehr” (“Less becomes more”) he ‘mapped’ the spectrum of post-growth oriented actors in the German speaking world and in so doing provided an overview of the various approaches to growth criticism in Germany. This year his book “The Hegemony of Growth. The OECD and the Making of the Economic Growth Paradigm” will be published from Cambridge.

Gabriele Schmidt

© Gabriele Schmidt

Locally rooted, globally active – this roughly describes the spectrum of political activities of Gabriele Schmidt, a graduate sociologist. As an advisory commitee member of Bremen’s township parliament she represents the German party DIE LINKE and is actively involved in practical politics on location. As a co-founder of Bremen’s ATTAC-group „Enough for everyone“ and speaker of the federal basic income working group (BAG Grundeinkommen) of the party DIE LINKE she is campaigning nationwide and beyond for an unconditional basic income in terms of a social and ecological transformation of the society.


Edward Skidelsky

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Edward Skidelsky is lecturer for philosophy at the University of Exeter, specialising in particular in moral and political philosophy. He has written essays on the ethics of capitalism, the value of happiness and the philosophical importance of the history of ideas. His book How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life , co-written with his father Robert, came out in June 2012 and caught international attention. A following book, The Language of the Virtues, has been commissioned by Princeton University Press. He appears regularly in the press and on radio on subjects including philosophy, religion and intellectual history.

Nina Šoštarič

© Nina Šoštarič

Nina Šoštarič obtained her Master’s Degree in Philosophy with the thesis ‘Basic Income as a Step towards Environmental Justice’ from University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is now a PhD student at University College Dublin in Ireland. Her research interest lies in the area of equality issues, social justice and degrowth. Nina edited a book ‘Where are we headed? Thoughts on Ending the Crisis’ (2013) and published articles ‘Between Socialism and Capitalism: Universal Basic Income’ (2012) and ‘UBI in the Light of Global Environmental Crisis’ (2011) in Slovenian language.

Slides (pdf),
Manuscript (pdf).

Csaba Toth

Csaba Toth is a PhD student in the Central European University (in Budapest) where he studies the potential transition away from car-dominated city centres.


Ingrid Wagner

© Ingrid Wagner

I have studied social and educational science in Berlin. My second profession is that of a Lawyer’s assistant. I am 62 years old, divorced, mother of a daughter. In 2004 I participated the German Network of Basic Income as a delegate of the Social protest movements. Later on I discussed this demand in my union, founded an Initiative for a Basic Income in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, South-Germany. Until 2011 I was a unpaid reporter at Arbeitsweltradio, free radio dreyeckland. From November 2003 until now I am unemployed officially. Since then I have published several essays about political and social subjects. Since 2010 I am a member of GartenCoop Freiburg, a project of CSA and member in the Network of Solidary Agriculture. Right now I am in the managing board of this project.

Manuscript (pdf).

Felix Wittmann

© Felix Wittmann

Felix studied Peace Research and International Politics in Maastricht, Vancouver and Tübingen. During his studies he worked in-depth on questions of personal and political accountability and also volunteered for initiatives on migration policy. He has been with the Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie in Leipzig since January 2013 where he works on the topic of time prosperity.