Kreinin, Halliki, M.A., M.Sc., PhD.

Halliki Kreinin
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Project Coordinator, Postdoctoral Researcher: EU 1.5° Lifestyles

Institute of Political Science

Room 312
Scharnhorststrasse 100
48151 Münster


Research Areas

  • Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation
  • Sustainable work
  • Postgrowth/degrowth welfare (systems)
  • “The good life”, sufficiency, (enablers and barriers to) living well within limits
  • Environmental labour studies, trade unions and transformation
  • CV


    • 2018 –2022: PhD in “Economic and Social Sciences – specialisation in Ecological Economics”, PhD Thesis: Trade Unions and the Social-Ecological Transformation of Work, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2015-2018: MSc in “Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy”, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2010-2014: MA in “International Relations”, with Minor in Economics. University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland.
    • 2012-2013: North-American Exchange Scholarship for International Studies, Washington College, Chestertown MD, US.

    Academic Positions
    • 2022-current: Project Coordinator, Postdoctoral Researcher: EU 1.5° Lifestyles project, Chair for International Relations and Sustainable Development, University of Münster, Münster, Germany.
    • 2021-current: Communications Officer, European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE).
    • 2019-2022: Research and Teaching Associate, Institute for Ecological Economics, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.
    • Courses taught: “Sustainable Work”,  “Economy and the Environment II”, : “Critical Perspectives on Growth and Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation”.
    • 2019-2022: Adjunct Lecturer, “Green Economics”: University of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria.
    • 2021-2022: Adjunct Lecturer, “Social Movements: Economy, Labour, and the Future of Work”: Webster Vienna University, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2020-2021: Coordinator and Lecturer: “Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems” (AEMS) Summer School, The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.
    • 2018-2020: Conference Co-coordinator: “Vienna 2020 Degrowth Conference: Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation”, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2018-2019: Research Assistant: Horizon 2020 CLIC project, Institute for Ecological Economics, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2018-2019: ELearning Developer: Institute for Ecological Economics, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.
    • 2016-2017: Teaching Assistant: “Contemporary Global Policy Challenges” and “Actors, Behaviours, and Decision Processes” courses, Institute for Ecological Economics, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.

  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed and grey literature


    • Keil, A.K., Kreinin, H., 2022. Slowing the treadmill for a good life for All? German trade union narratives and social-ecological transformation. Journal of Industrial Relations.
    • Kreinin, H., Artale, W., Kossow, N., 2022. Trade Unions and the Multiple Crises of Environment, Society, Economy And Work: A Small Case Study Of The European Aviation Sector. Report for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Available under:
    • Kreinin, H., Latif, T., 2022 (forthcoming, May 2022). Chapter 17. Strategies to transform work, in: Degrowth & Strategy: How to Bring about Social-Ecological Transformation. Mayflower, London.
    • Neier, T., Kreinin, H., Heyne, S., Laa, E., (forthcoming, 2022). Sozial-ökologische Arbeitsmarktpolitik. Fördermaßnahmen der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik in Österreich. Report for Kammer für Arbeit und Angestellte für Niederösterreich (AK Niederösterreich).
    • Kreinin, H., Aigner, E., 2021. From “Decent work and economic growth” to “Sustainable work and economic degrowth”:  A new framework for SDG 8. Empirica.
    • Kreinin, H., 2021. The divergent narratives and strategies of unions in times of social-ecological crises: fracking and the UK energy sector. Transfer: European Review of Labour Research.
    • Kreinin, H., Hochscheidt, L., 2021. Aspirations: Europe in the 2020s – setting the course for all future Europeans, in: Rodrigues, M.J., Balate, F. (Eds.), Our European Future: Charting a Progressive Course in the World. London Publishing Partnership, London.
    • Foster, G., Kreinin, H., 2020. A review of environmental impact indicators of cultural heritage buildings: A circular economy perspective. Environmental Research Letters.
    • Foster, G., Kreinin, H., Stagl, S., 2020. The future of circular environmental impact indicators for cultural heritage buildings in Europe. Environmental Sciences Europe.
    • Kreinin, H., 2020. Typologies of “Just Transition”. Towards Social-Ecological Transformation. Kurswechsel, Climate Change and Beyond. Available under:
    • Aigner, E., Gerold, S., Kreinin, H., 2018. Sustainable Work, in: Towards a Socio-Ecological Transformation of the Economy: Background report for the Growth in Transition Conference. Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Directorate-General IV – Climate, Directorate IV/3 – Sustainable Finance and Regional Economic Policy, Directorate IV/6 – EU Coordination Climate and Environment Stubenbastei 5, 1010 Wien, Vienna. Available under:  

  • Memberships and other activities

    Scientific and voluntary memberships and other activities:

    • 2018-Present
    Founding Member: Vienna Degrowth Association
    • 2016-Present
    Member: European Society for Ecological Economics/International Society for Ecological Economics
    • 2020-2021
    Member: Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) Young Academics Network
    • 2020-2022
    Elected Representative: Workers' Council, Vienna University of Economics (Betriebsrat)
    Elected member of the workers' council, working on issues such as gender equality, fair representation, and making the university more sustainable.
    • 2019-2021
    Elected Student Representative: PhD students at the WU (Studentenvertreterin WU Doktorat)
    Elected student union representative for Doctoral Students 2019-2021, working on issues such as better working conditions for employed PhDs, fairness in studies, student welfare, and mental health.
    • 2017-2018
    Head of Committee, Conference Organiser: European Commission Trainees’ Environmental Committee
    Head of Committee and organiser of a lunchtime-conference "Well-being beyond GDP Growth? - Postgrowth in the Era of Multiple Crises" on 22 February 2018 (collaboration with the EEB, ETUC, Friends of the Earth Europe, European Commission).
    • 2014-2015
    Elected Representative: UNISON Young Members Representative, Northern Region
    Trade union organiser for young members.
    • 2019
    Other. Co-organiser: "What Europe needs is a Sustainability and Wellbeing Pact" open letter, campaign and petition.
    One of five organisers for the open letter from academics, and public petition which was featured in print and news media all over Europe.