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Alternative economy

For us, people are at the centre of the economy. We understand economic activity as something oriented towards the needs of people. This includes not only production for the market and collaboration between companies, but also mutual support in the neighbourhood and in domestic work. Transformative economies promote social cohesion by sharing goods, services, spaces, knowledge and responsibilities.
On this basis, ecological solutions can be found and economic resilience strengthened. From this perspective, we promote, accompany and research new forms of business and economic concepts in urban and regional development. A special focus for us is nutrition. We research alternative food networks, initiatives such as Edible Cities and Towns, and social practices of eating, and deal with sustainable food systems.

Contact person:
Mag. Dr. Andreas Exner (coordination)


Relevant publications:

  • Exner, Andreas; Kumnig, Sarah; Hochleithner, Stephan: Capitalism and the Commons. Just Commons in the Era of Multiple Crises. Routledge. 2021.
  • Ecker, Yannick; Rowek, Marcella; Strüver, Anke (zur Veröffentlichung angenommen): Care on Demand: Geschlechternormierte Arbeits- und Raumstrukturen in der plattformbasierten Sorgearbeit. In: Altenried, Moritz et al. (Hg.): Plattformkapitalismus und die Krise der sozialen Reproduktion. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot.
  • Exner, Andreas: Gabe statt Tausch. Mit Solidarischer Ökonomie zur sozial-ökologischen Transformation. In: Prokla: Zeitschrift fuer kritische Sozialwissenschaft. 50,199. 2020. 259-276. doi:10.32387/prokla.v50i199.1866
  • Exner, Andreas; Strüver, Anke: Addressing the Sustainability Paradox: The Analysis of “Good Food” in Everyday Life. In: Sustainability. 12(19). 2020. 8196. doi:10.3390/su12198196
  • Exner, Andreas: Das solidarökonomische Paradigma. Eine gabetheoretische Grundlegung. In: SWS-Rundschau. 59,4. 2019. 413–433.
  • Krüger, Timmo; Strüver, Anke (2018): Narrative der ‚guten Ernährung‘: Ernährungsidentitäten und die Aneignung öffentlicher Nachhaltigkeitsdiskurse durch Konsument*innen. Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie 62 (3-4), 217-232.
  • Exner, Andreas; Kratzwald, Brigitte: Solidarische Ökonomie und Commons. Wien. Mandelbaum. 2012.


RCE Graz-Styria – Centre for Sustainable Social Transformation
Heinrichstrasse 18, 3rd floor 8010 Graz
Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8895


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