As an ecological economist, Birte's research interests encompass ecological economics, feminist economics, the socio-ecological transformation and degrowth, as well as theory of science. In her research, Birte aims at linking social and ecological perspectives especially around questions on labour. In the past, she published on feminist degrowth, pluralism in economics and on the role of labour in ecological macroeconomics. Currently, she pursues empirical research at the intersection of labor economics and ecological economics, with a focus on the dynamics of inequality, emissions and growth in the US and Germany. Further competencies include experience in fundraising, education, workshops, lectures, and conference organization.
Birte is a PhD student in economics at the New School in New York. Next to her PhD, she pursues a Masters in philosophy at Fernuniversität Hagen. Having priorly studied economics and philosophy in Maastricht, London, and Vienna, her current research focuses on ecological economics and philosophy of economics. Her work has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals and received a range of prizes. She will spend fall 2022 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University.