Daniel Hausknost



Daniel Hausknost is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability at WU, Vienna University of Economics and Business. As research fellow in CUSP, he contributes to the P-theme by looking into the institutional conditions of and barriers to sustainable prosperity.

Daniel’s work and research interests center around the relationship between the modern democratic state and sustainability. In particular, he is interested in the structural barriers to a purposive sustainability transition and in systemic constraints locking advanced industrial societies into an unsustainable trajectory of development. Ultimately, he wants to know which democratic innovations or, indeed, which alternative model of democracy, would be required to remove these constraints and barriers. In his work, he links institutional, historical and state-theoretical analyses with scholarship on democratic innovation.

Prior to his work in academia, Daniel has worked as a campaigner for Global 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria, as a consultant for Greenpeace International and as coordinator of the European Environmental Paper Network.


Recent publications include:

Hausknost, D. (2016): Degrowth and Democracy. In: Clive Spash (Ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics. Abingdon: Routledge.[forthcoming]

Hausknost, D, Gaube, V., Haas, W., Smetschka, B., Schmid, M., Lutz, J., Singh, S.J. (2016): “Society can’t move so much as a chair!” Systems, Structures and Actors in Social Ecology. In: Haberl, H., M. Fischer-Kowalski, F. Krausmann, V. Winiwarter (eds.). Social Ecology: Society-Nature Relations Across Time and Space. Dordrecht: Springer [forthcoming].

Hausknost, D. (2014): ‘Decision, choice, solution: “agentic deadlock” in environmental politics’, in: Environmental Politics, 23 (3), 357-375.

Hausknost, D. (2012): ‘The “Epistemic Legitimacy” of Liberal Democracy as a Structural Constraint for Radical Politics’, in: Joris Gijsenberg, Tim Houwen, Saskia Hollander, Wim de Jong (eds.), Creative Crises of Democracy. Brussels: Peter Lang, pp. 83-110.