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Ulrich Brand

University of Vienna

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Ulrich Brand teaches and conducts research at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research focuses on international politics and international political economy, the transformation of the state and its internationalization, imperial mode of living, social-ecological transformation, international environmental and resource politics, with particular emphasis on Latin America. From 2011 to 2013 he was member of the Expert Commission „Growth, Well-Being, Quality of Life“ of the German Parliament, in 2018 he was co-founder of “Diskurs. The Science Network“ in Austria which intend to make evidence-based research known in a broader public. He is member of the Permanent Working Group “Beyond Development” in Latin America.

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Brand, Ulrich/Wissen, Markus (2021): The Imperial Mode of Living. Everyday Life and the Ecological Crisis of Capitalism. London: Verso (revised and updated version of the German book form 2017; the book is translated into 11 languages)

Atzmüller, Roland/Aulenbacher, Brigitte/ Brand, Ulrich/Décieux, Fabienne/Fischer, Karin/Sauer, Birgit (eds., 2019): Capitalism in Transformation: Movements and Countermovements in the 21st Century. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Brand, Ulrich/Wissen, Markus (2018): The Limits to Capitalist Nature: Theorizing and Overcoming the Imperial Mode of Living. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Brand, Ulrich/Görg, Christoph (eds., 2018): Zur Aktualität der Staatsform. Die materialistische Staatstheorie von Joachim Hirsch. Unter Mitarbeit von Benjamin Opratko. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Acosta, Alberto/Brand, Ulrich (2017): Salidas del laberinto capitalista. Decrecimiento y Postextractivismo. Barcelona: Icaria Publisher, Spain; also published in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador.

Brand, Ulrich/Löwy, Michael (eds., 2012): Globalisation et Crise Écologique. Une critique de l´économie politique par des écologistes allemands. Paris: Harmattan.


Pichler, Melanie/Krenmayr, Nore/Schneider, Etienne/Brand, Ulrich (2021): EU industrial policy: Between modernization and transformation of the automotive industry. In: Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 38 (1). 140–152.

Pichler, Melanie/Band, Ulrich/Görg, Christoph (2020): The double materiality of democracy in capitalist societies. Challenges for social-ecological transformations. In: Environmental Politics 29(2), 193-213. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2018.1547260

Brand, Ulrich/Görg, Christoph/Wissen, Markus (2020): Overcoming neoliberal globalization: social-ecological transformation from a Polanyian perspective and beyond. In: Globalizations 17(1), 161-176.

Brand, Ulrich/Niedermoser, Kathrin (2019): Overcoming the Impasse of the Current Growth Model and the Imperial Mode of Living. The Role of Trade Unions in Social-Ecological Transformation. Journal of Cleaner Production 225, 173-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.284

Brand, Ulrich/Wissen, Markus (2018): What Kind of a Great Transformation? The Imperial Mode of Living as a Major Obstacle to Sustainability Politics. In: GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 27(3), 287-292. – doi.org/10.14512/gaia.27.3.8

Griesser, Markus/Brand, Ulrich (2018): Wachstum? Wohlstand und Lebensqualität! Möglichkeiten und Hürden der Verankerung sozial und ökologisch nachhaltiger Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftspolitik in Österreich. In: Momentum Quaterly 7(2), 53-72.

Brand, Ulrich/Krams, Mathias (2018): Zehn Jahre Degrowth als radikale politische Perspektive: Potenziale und Hürden. In: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen 31(4), 18-27.

Görg, Christoph/Brand, Ulrich/Haberl, Helmut/Hummel, Diana/Jahn, Thomas/Liehr, Stefan (2017): Challenges for Social-Ecological Transformations: Contributions from Social and Political Ecology. In: Sustainability 9(7), 1045; doi:10.3390/su9071045

Brand, Ulrich/Boos, Tobias/Brad, Alina (2017): Degrowth and Post-Extractivism: Two Debates with Suggestions for the Inclusive Development Framework. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 24, February, 36-41.

Brand, Ulrich (2016): How to get out of the multiple crisis? Towards a critical theory of social-ecological transformation. In: Environmental Values 25(5), 503-525.