The Political Economy of Crises and Transformations

Faculty of Management, Economics and Society

    The Political Economy of Crises and Transformations

    In the winter semester of 2021/22, the lecture series "The Political Economy of Crises and Transformations" will provide a wide array of views from leading experts, scientists and activists from different fields and countries, setting the basis for a wholistic approach to the challenges of our time. The series aims not only to clarify the term ‘crisis’, but also to identify which challenges are most urgent, how the different crises are connected and at what levels of society we have to transform.

    Based on these and many more questions, the lecture series will shed light on the biggest crises of our time and their possible solutions from the various perspectives of International Political Economy. Thus, a key element will be to study the international economic and political relations, institutions, and phenomena, including globalization, the financial system and international trade, to understand how we might transform these systems.

    These challenges can only be approached together. That is why we want to create a mutual vision of what a future world could look like. Discussing at the end of every session about what we have heard, we will also include the knowledge of previous sessions to create a mutual idea of how different crises are connected and what a future sustainable international economic and political system and society could look like.

    This event is organized as a cooperation between students of Witten/Herdecke University and their professor Joscha Wullweber.

    Timetable - events take place 6.30 pm - 8 pm
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    The event is planned in a hybrid format to make sure that people from all over the world can attend and will be open to attendants from all backgrounds. You can participate either by following the 3G rule on campus or by joining online via Zoom.

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    Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of the bestsellers The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize. He lives in Vermont.

    Bill McKibben

    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Müller

    JunProf. Dr. Franziska Müller is Chair of Globalisation and Global Climate Governance at the University of Hamburg, and heads the research group “GLOCALPOWER: funds, tools & networks for an African Energy Transition” at the University of Hamburg. Her research covers global climate and energy governance, political economy of energy as well as postcolonial and poststructuralist approaches towards International Relations. Recent works are a comparison of African energy policies with regard to energy justice (Energy Research 

    Social Science, 2020), a close investigation of South Africa’s energy auction instrument (Review of African Political Economy, 2021), and an analysis of de-risking and energy finance flows in Zambia (Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 2021 fc.). She has also published on decolonial social science methodology (Rowman & Littlefield 2020, together with Aram Ziai and Daniel Bendix) and on International Relations in the Anthropocene (Palgrave 2021, together with David Chandler and Delf Rothe).

    Professor Dr. Heiner Flassbeck  advises governments, political parties and other institutions in macroeconomic affairs. Prior to that he has served from 2003 to 2012 as Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He was the principal author and the leader of the team preparing UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report.
    Prior to joining UNCTAD, Mr. Flassbeck was chief economist in the German Institute for Economic Research between 1988 and 1998, and State Secretary (Vice Minister) from October 1998 to April 1999 at the Federal Ministry of Finance responsible for international affairs, the European Union and IMF.

    Professor Dr. Heiner Flassbeck

    Matthew Paterson

    Matthew Paterson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Manchester and Research Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute. His research focuses on the political economy, global governance, and cultural politics of climate change. His latest work will be published during 2021 as In Search of Climate Politics (Cambridge University Press).

    Bob Jessop is an emeritus Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. He researches state theory, welfare state restructuring, critical governance studies, Marxism, and cultural political economy. Recent books include: The State: Past, Present, Future (2015) and Putting Civil Society in its Place (2020) and the co-edited book, The Pedagogy of Economic, Political and Social Crises (co-edited with Karim Knio, 2019).

    Bob Jessop

    Amanda Machin

    Amanda Machin is a researcher at the University of Witten/Herdecke and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Social Investment, Heidelberg University. Her research focuses on radical democratic politics and the political dynamics, identifications and discourses of socio-ecological transformation. Her books include Society and Climate: Transformations and Challenges (World Scientific 2019, co-authored with Nico Stehr) and Negotiating Climate Change: Radical Democracy and the Illusion of Consensus (Zed Books, 2013) and together with Marcel Wissenburg she is currently editing a collection on Green Political Theory with Edward Elgar.

    Brett Christophers has studied at Oxford University (BA, 1993), the University of British Columbia (MA, 1995) and the University of Auckland (PhD, 2008). Since 2008 he works at Sweden’s Uppsala University. He is a Professor at the Department of Social and Economic Geography and at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research. As a geographer with a background in Political Economy he is interested in various aspects of Western capitalism. His recent publications include two books published by Verso, The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain (2018) and Rentier Capitalism: Who Owns the Economy, and Who Pays for It? (2020).

    Brett Christophers

    Jason W. Moore

    Jason W. Moore teaches world-ecology and world history at Binghamton University, where he coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network. His books include Capitalism in the Web of Life and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, both in German translation. Many of his essays, including translations, can be accessed on his website. He blogs regularly at and can be reached at

    Alina Brad is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, focusing on international climate, environmental and resource policy, and socio-ecological transformations. In her current research, she investigates the controversial integration of negative emissions technologies into EU climate policy.

    Alina Brad
    Alina Brad

    Daniela Gabor

    Daniela Gabor is associate professor in economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a PhD in banking and finance from the University of Stirling (2009). Since then, she has published on central banking in crisis, on the governance of global banks and the IMF, and on shadow banking and repo markets. Her latest publication is a co-edited book with Charles Goodhart, Jakob Vestegaard, and Ismail Erturk entitled Central Banking at Crossroads (Anthem Press, 2014).
    As an expert in transnational banking and shadow banking she blogs at and on Helicopter Money.

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