Elena Hofferberth

Elena Hofferberth


I am a PhD student working on macroeconomic theory and policy that helps understand and address key challenges of society today. In my research, I analyse systemic drivers of climate change and ecological crisis, inequality and instability as well as the interconnection of these phenomena. On that basis, I scrutinise and develop ideas for a social-ecological transformation of the economy and investigate into post-growth and degrowth proposals. I am particularly interested in just ways of reducing carbon emissions and resource extraction, alternative models of ownership, and monetary and financial policy.

I am excited to contribute to the development of new economic thinking and be part of several groups and networks with a similar aim, e.g. the Economics and Policy for Sustainability Research Group, the international Post-Growth Economics Network (PEN), or the Scientific Working Group on Sustainable Money (WANG). In order to develop, share and discuss new economic approaches I am keen to engage with diverse audiences, academic and non-academic.


  • Teaching Assistant 'Theories of Growth, Value and Distribution' (since 2018)
  • Teaching Assistant in 'Economics & Sustainability' (since 2017)


  • English, French and German (fluent)
  • Spanish and Swahili (good)


Twitter @E_Hofferberth

Research interests

  • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy for a Social-Ecological Transformation
  • Post-Growth and Degrowth Economics
  • Money, Finance, Financialisation
  • Inequality and Distribution

Research groups and institutes

  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability
  • Sustainability Research Institute