Verena Wolf

Verena Wolf is a researcher in the project JRT01 and focuses on the atmosphere as a global commons. In her PhD, Verena investigates how the atmosphere is unequally appropriated through GHG pollution and which role property plays in the regulation. She completed the interdisciplinary Master's programme "Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy" (SEEP) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU Vienna) and completed her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Cologne. She was a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology and Empirical Social Research at the WU Vienna, coordinator of the Degrowth-Conference in Vienna on “Strategies for a Social-Ecological Transformation” and an active member of the Plural Economics Network. Her research interests are climate change mitigation, property and commons, inequality, socio-ecological transformation, and history of economic theory.

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Scientific publications
  • Nathan Barlow, Livia Regen, Noémie Cadiou, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Max Hollweg, Christina Plank, Merle Schulken, Verena Wolf (eds.) (2022): Degrowth and Strategy: Towards a Social-Ecological Transformation, MayFly. 
  • Schulken, M.; Barlow, N.; Cadiou, N.; Chertkovskaya, E.; Hollweg, M.; Plank, C.; Regen, L.; Wolf, V. (2022): “Introduction: Strategy for the Multiplicity of Degrowth”, In: Barlow et al (eds.) Degrowth and Strategy: Towards a Social-Ecological Transformation, MayFly.
  • Frey, I., Wolf, V. (2022): “Patriarchale Strukturen im Grünen Wachstum und Alternativen”, In: Andrea Ernst, Ulrike Lunacek, Gerda Neyer, Rosa Zechner, Andreea Zelinka; Kremayr & Scheriau (eds.) Global Female Future.
Media and podcasts


  • “Taking a Social-Ecological Perspective on the Global Commons: The Case of Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Crisis” Political Theory in Times of Uncertainty, DVPW Conference, September 27-29, 2023 Bremen, Germany.
  • “Inequality in the Propertisation of the Global Commons: The Case of Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Crisis”, Annual Conference of DVPW: Crisis and Transformation, September 21-22, 2023, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
  • “New Critiques of Property in Light of the Climate Crisis: Inequality in the Propertisation of the Global Commons,” Philosophy and Social Sciences, May 9-14, 2023, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • “Die Entwicklung einer Sozial-Ökologischen Perspektive auf die Global Commons am Fall der Klimakrise“. Commons-Ökonomie: Nachhaltig, resilient, effizient?, March 08-10, 2023, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, Germany.
  • “On Inequality and Property of Atmospheric Pollution: Revising the Tragedy of the Commons”. SFB294 Colloquium, June 3, 2022, online.
  • “Dismantling Property Regimes of Atmospheric Pollution: Presentation of the Dissertation Proposal”. SFB294 Colloquium, November 16, 2021, online.

Public Engagements

  • “Strategien für eine sozial-ökologische Transformation“ Podiumsgast auf der Tagung „Als gäbe es ein Morgen – Junge Strategien für den gesellschaftlichen Wandel“, Institut für Ökologisches Wirtschaften, November 23, 2022, Berlin, Germany.