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Ernest Aigner is a research associate at the Institute for Law and Governance and the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience, both WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). He holds a master’s degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy and a certificate of the Complex System Summer School in Santa Fe 2019. Previous experience includes research and teaching at the Institute for Ecological Economics (WU), the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change (University of Graz), CEMUS (Uppsala University), and at the WWF US Social Science Division. Ernest earned his master's degree with a thesis on Reconceptualizing Urban Agriculture: Exploring D-Town Farm’s Relations to Racialized Capital Accumulation. A full CV can be found here.
At the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience he is part of the project Society After Money: A Simulation; conducting foundational research on coordination of large-scale societies without states or markets. Theoretically the project is founded in (evolutionary) political economiy, and aims on understanding conditions and potentials of coordination of societies without money to satisfy needs and adhere to biophysical limits. The agent-based simulation is based in a utopian narrative and conceptual framework developed by the Commons Institute in Bonn. Further, media theory, economic sociology and code studies play important roles of the project.
Ernest’s research interest concerns the intersection of social ecological challenges. Currently he coordinates the APCC Special Report 22 on Structural conditions for climate friendly living. The Special Report, which is co-edited by Verena Madner at the Institute for Law and Governance, addresses Austria’s challenges and opportunities in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement. He has worked on social trade-offs, synergies, and conflicts in biodiversity conservation, sustainable work, and Degrowth.
Ernest’s dissertation is on pluralism in the economic discipline using bibliometric, network and text-mining methods to investigate concentration in citation networks, conceptualizations of the financial crisis, the place of heterodox economics in research departments, as well as the geographical dimension of economic research.
Ernest also integrates these topics in his teaching in the Master Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy, Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences, and the Alternative Monetary and Economic Systems Summer School.
Selected Publications and Research Projects
Gruszka, Katarzyna, Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle, and Ernest Aigner. 2020. ‘Planetary Carambolage: The Evolutionary Political Economy of Technology, Nature and Work’. Review of Evolutionary Political Economy. doi: [ 10.1007/s43253-020-00030-3].
Ernest Aigner, Viviana Asara, Ulrich Brand, Louison Cahen-Fourot, Andreas Exner, Stefan Giljum, Christoph Görg, Helmut Haberl, Daniel Hausknost, Christian Kerschner, Mathias Kirchner, Asjad Naqvi, Christina Plank, Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle, Tone Smith, Sabine Sedlacek, Clive Spash, and Sigrid Stagl. 2020. ‘Wie kann Wohlstand ohne Wachstum abgesichert werden?’ DER STANDARD. Retrieved 19 January 2021 [ https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000118685569/wie-kann-wohlstand-ohne-wachstum-abgesichert-werden-kann].
Gill, David A., Samantha H. Cheng, Louise Glew, Ernest Aigner, Nathan J. Bennett, and Michael B. Mascia. 2019. ‘Social Synergies, Tradeoffs, and Equity in Marine Conservation Impacts’. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 44(1):null. doi: [ 10.1146/annurev-environ-110718-032344].
Glötzl, Florentin, and Ernest Aigner. 2019. ‘Six Dimensions of Concentration in Economics: Evidence from a Large-Scale Data Set’. Science in Context 32(4):381–410. doi: [ 10.1017/S0269889720000034].
Aigner, Ernest. 2019. Die Ökonomik Deutschlands im globalen Vergleich. Konzentration, Globalisierung und Pluralismus. FGW-Studie. 07b. Düsseldorf: FGW.
Project Society after Money, ed. 2019. Society after Money: A Dialogue. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.
Glötzl, Florentin, and Ernest Aigner. 2018. ‘Orthodox Core–Heterodox Periphery? Contrasting Citation Networks of Economics Departments in Vienna’. Review of Political Economy 30(2):210–40. doi: [ 10.1080/09538259.2018.1449619].