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Welcome to the Institute for Ecological EconomicsRSS

The Institute is a leading institution for ecological economic research, teaching, learning, knowledge exchange, and community engagement. Over 30 researchers, a secretary, a research coordinator, and a graduate program coordinator make up the Institute’s staff.

Research is generally grouped into five research groups: Sustainable Work, Macroeconomics & Environment, Climate Economics and Finance, Global Resource Use, and Energy Transition & Socio-Ecological Transformation.

The Institute was founded in July of 2014. Until then its activities were part of the Environment Group at the Institute for the Environment and Regional Development. Its predecessor organization was the Institute for Environment and Economy, which was founded in 1991 and led by Professor Uwe Schubert.


Stefan Giljum is ranked #5 in Austria among Top Economics Scientists, a platform that evaluates researchers in selected disciplines, has released the 2023 Edition of the Ranking of Top Scientists in ‘Economics and Finance’. Stefan Giljum from the…


New paper on global coal and metal mine production

Researchers from the Institute for Ecological Economics have recently released a novel database on global coal and metal production on the level of individual mines. The accompanying Data Descriptor…


New PNAS paper on mining and tropical deforestation

Researchers from the Institute for Ecological Economics, together with other universities, have presented the first comprehensive study on the spread of forest loss due to intensified mining. The…