Dr Elke Pirgmaier

Dr Elke Pirgmaier


I study the links between capitalist dynamics and global environmental challenges, from a political economy and ecological economics perspective. I am keen to unveil the political implications of different economic theories and methodologies to explain barriers to sustainability transitions with a veiw to supporting radical systemic change towards social and environmental justice.

I am currently a research fellow in the Living Well Within Limits project and the iCASP Green and Blue Infrastructure Business Cases project.

Research interests

How to support a civilisational shift from montrous capitalism to a desirable future of social and environmental justice.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD in Economics, University of Leeds
  • BSc and MSc Business, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Professional memberships

  • European Society for Ecological Economics

Student education

I love to teach critical thinking, break down complex ideas in accessible ways, explore subjects from different perspectives and bridge different schools of thoughts and disciplines.

Subjects taught:

  • ecological economics;
  • environmental economics;
  • classical political economy (Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Marx, Keynes);
  • post-growth and de-growth;
  • wellbeing and economic growth.

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute