Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department für Agrarökonomie

Dr. Anna Saave




Research Group BioMaterialities
Department of Agricultural Economics,
Division of Agricultural and Food Policy
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

(Visitors' Address: Hannoversche Str. 27, Haus 12, Room 32)
Phone: +(49)-(0)30-20 93-46 850

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Publications | Research Group Biomaterialities


Research Interests

Political economy, accumulation theories, feminist economics, ecological economics, bioeconomy, sustainability, degrowth, care, social reproduction, socio-ecological transformations, ecofeminism, reproductivity and plural-economic higher education.


Work Experience and Education

  • Post-doctoral researcher at the BMBF-research group BioMaterialities, Humboldt-University, Berlin (2022–)

  • Post-doctoral researcher at the SFB 294, design and implementation of transdisciplinary research, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (2021)

  • Scientific managing director of the Collaborative Research Consortium SFB 294 “Structural Change of Property”, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena (2020–2021)

  • Guest researcher at Oregon State University, Chair of Environmental Philosophy, Prof. Muraca (Spring 2018)

  • PhD scholarship of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation (2016–2019)

  • Doctoral researcher at Friedrich-Schiller-University, Chair of Social Theory, Jena (2016-2020)

  • Managing coordinator of the Bucerius Law Clinic, Hamburg (2015–2016)

  • Lecturer in feminist economics, political economy, ecofeminism and degrowth at various universities (2015–)

  • Master of Sustainability Economics and Management, University of Oldenburg (2012–2015)

  • Bachelor of Environmental Sciences and Economics, Leuphana University, Lüneburg (2008–2012)


Current research project

  • BioMaterialities,  a five-year BMBF research project focusing on the materialities of living nature and their economic valuation in the High-Tech Bioeconomy. The research group is composed of six doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who analyze how biophysical processes intersect with and are changing social relations pertaining to production, reproduction and politics. The research group will trace commodity networks guided by an analysis of political economy, political ecology, economics of care, feminist theory and critical geography. September 2019 - August 2023.


Selected Publications


Book chapters

  • Saave, Anna and Barbara Muraca (2021). „Rethinking Labor/Work in a Degrowth Society“. In: Handbook of Environmental Labour Studies, edited by Nora Räthzel, Dimitris Stevis, and David Uzzel. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 743–767.

  • Saave, Anna (2021). „Teaching Feminist Economics. Conceptual Notes and Practical Advice for Teaching a Subject in the Making“. In: Wirtschaft neu lehren. Erfahrungen aus der pluralen sozioökonomischen Hochschulbildung, edited by Janina Urban, Lisa-Marie Schröder, Harald Handtke, and Lukas Bäuerle. Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 77–92.

  • Saave-Harnack, Anna (with Adelheid Biesecker, Sabine Hofmeister, Andrea Amri-Henkel and Sarah Breitenbach) (2019). „(Re)Produktivität–eine Vermittlungskategorie für Vorsorgendes Wirtschaften“. In: Ökonomie des Versorgens. Feministisch-kritische Wirtschaftstheorie im deutschsprachigen Raum, edited by Ulrike Knobloch. Weinheim & Basel: Beltz Juventa, pp. 120–138.

  • Saave-Harnack, Anna (2019). „Die Care-Abgabe. Ein Instrument Vorsorgenden Wirtschaftens?“ In Perspektiven einer pluralen Ökonomik, edited by David J. Petersen, Daniel Willers, Esther Schmitt, Robert Birnbaum, Jan Heinrich Ernst Meyerhoff, Sebastian Gießler, and Benjamin Roth. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 367–393.

Journal articles

Other publications

  • Saave, Anna (2022). Ecofeminism Now. transform-Europe yearbook 2021. [forthcoming]

  • Saave, Anna (2022): Challenges of utopias, utopian art and alternative economies. Thoughts on Agnes Scherer's “The Very Hungry” and societal transformations. On:

  • Saave, Anna (2022): Wissenschaft-Praxis-Transfers im SFB TRR 294 „Strukturwandel des Eigentums“. Jena: SFB 294 Strukturwandel des Eigentums, internal guidebook, pp. 1–14.

  • FaDA (2020): Collaborative Feminist Degrowth: Pandemic as an Opening for a Care-Full Radical Transformation. On: With the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA).


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