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Festsaal 1, WU Wien, Welthandelspl. 1, 1020 Wien

Living well within limits

ÖFSE Development Lecture 21

with Julia Steinberger, Professor of Societal Challenges of Climate Change, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The event takes place in cooperation with the International Karl Polanyi Society (IKPS) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and is supported by the City of Vienna.


Julia Steinberger is Professor of Societal Challenges of Climate Change at the University of Lausanne since 2020. As an ecological economist, she is examining the current and historical linkages between resource use and socioeconomic parameters, and identifying alternative development pathways to inform the transition to a low carbon society. In 2022 the European Research Council (ERC) awarded her a Synergy Grant for a project titled “Pathways towards post growth deals” together with Giorgos Kallis and Jason Hickel.

Her areas of interdisciplinary research and teaching include Climate Change, Climate Risk, Degrowth, Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Development, Political Economy, Heterodox Economics, Human well-being and Sufficiency. Prof Steinberger was Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 3 for the 6th Assessment Report and is a climate activist. She has published over 40 internationally peer-reviewed articles since 2009 in journals including Nature Climate Change, Environmental Science & Technology, PLOS ONE and Environmental Research Letters. For her research project ‘Living Well Within Limits’, which investigated how universal human well-being might be achieved within planetary boundaries, she received the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award.

Before coming to the University of Lausanne Prof. Steinberger, was a Senior Researcher at the University of Leeds from 2011 onwards. From 2007 onwards she worked at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna (SEC), where she investigated sustainable cities and the links between material use and economic performance as Lead Author of the Urbanization knowledge module of the IIASA Global Energy Assessment. Julia Steinberger held postdoc postitions at the University of Lausanne and the University of Zurich, obtained her PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated in Mathematics and Physics at Brown University.

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