Katharina Biely

Katharina Biely

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I am working on a PhD in environmental economics at the Centre for Environmental Sciences at Hasselt University. Previously I studied at the University of Vienna, where I completed my master in International Development. During my studies in Vienna, I focused on the topics sustainability, economics, agriculture, indigenous peoples and social ecology. Moreover, I became acquainted with systems thinking.


At Hasselt University I carry out research for the SUFISA horizon 2020 project, which investigates sustainable practices and policies in the agricultural, fishery and food sector to promote sustainable behavior of primary producers. If you want to read more about the project you can visit the project blog.



Biely, K.; Maes, D. & Van Passel, S. (2016): The idea of weak sustainability is illegitimate. Environ Dev Sustain. doi:10.1007/s10668-016-9878-4.

Brzezina, N.; Biely, K.; Helfgott, A.; Kopansky, B.;  Vervoort, J. & Mathijs, E. (2017): Development of Organic Farming in Europe at the Crossroads: Looking for the Way Forward through System Archetypes Lenses. Sustainability, 9(5), 821; doi:10.3390/su9050821
Working papers:

Singh, S. J., Smetschka, B., Grima, N., Ringhofer, L. Petridis, P., Biely, K.; Wien (2016): Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation (SMCE) in Theory and Practice: Introducing the software OPTamos. IFF Working Paper Number 160.


Conference contributions:

6th AIEAA Conference (15­-16.06.2017): The Flemish sugar beet sector: a systems thinking perspective. Coauthors: Dries Maes, Steven Van Passel

22nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (13-15.07.2016): Examining the effect of market power on sustainability: adding another market failure to the sustainability discourse. Coauthors: Dries Maes, Steven Van Passel

11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (30.06.-03.08.2015): The impossibility of a fundamental transformation of the economic system in times of economic down turn: The example of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative.

LUCID Early Career Researchers Conference (08-10.10.2014): The United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy initiative: shifting the concept with the financial crisis of 2008.

7th Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference (08-12.09.2014): Underlying economic concepts of the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative – an example of good collaboration between two different schools of thought?


XV EAAE Congress 2017 (28.08-01.09.17): Development of Organic Farming in Europe at the Crossroads: Looking for the Way Forward Through System Archetypes Lenses. Authors: Natalia Brzezina,Katharina Biely, Ariella Helfgott, Birgit Kopainsky,Joost Vervoort, Erik Mathijs

Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V. (GEWISOLA) (28-30.09.2016): Exploring Farmers’ Conditions, Strategies and Sustainability Performance with the CSP Model. Authors: Susanne, Münchhausen, Katharina Biely, Karlheinz Knickel,Isabelle Bonjean