Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen

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Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, German social scientist: Women’s Studies and Peasant Studies (in Mexico, Austria, Germany): She runs the NGO Research Institute on Subsistence Theory and Praxis, Bielefeld, Germany; holds a Honorary Professorship at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Conducts research on peasant movements in Mexico fighting for ejido and/or common land ownership (Chiapas)


  1. Campesinos: Entre Producción de Subsistencia y de Mercado, UNAM/CRIM, México 1988; Coord.,
  2. Juchitán, la cuidad de las mujeres, Instituto Oaxaqueño de las Culturas, Oaxaca 1997;
  3. V.B-Th with Maria Mies, The Subsistence Perspective. Beyond the Globalised Economy, Zed Books, London 1999;
  4. Geld oder Leben. Was uns wirklich reich macht, oekom, München, 2010
  5. Bennholdt-Thomsen, Veronika, What Really Keeps our Cities Alive, Money or Subsistence? in: V.B-Th et al., eds, There Is an Alternative, 2001, pp. 217-233
  6. Baier, Andrea/ Bennholdt-Thomsen, Veronika, The ‘Stuff’ of Which Social Proximity is Made, in: Kluge, Thomas/ Schramm, Engelbert, Hg., Regional Approaches to Sustainable Economy: Potentials and Limits, Experiences from German Case-Studies, Materialien Soziale Ökologie (MSÖ 19), ISOE, Frankfurt/M. 2002, pp. 10 – 17

On the Commons:

  1. Mies, Maria/ Bennholdt-Thomsen, Veronika, Defending, Reclaiming and Reinventing the Commons, in: Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Vol. XXII, Special Issue, 2001, S. 997 – 1023