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My research is about neoliberalism, growth and the climate crises, as well as opposition and alternatives: degrowth, climate movements and green transition.

I have a particular interest in the philosophy and methods of social science. My research in this area is about critical realism as an alternative to positivism and postmodernism in the light of contemporary social and ecological problems. 

Currently I am primarily working on a new Danish textbook on philosophy of social science. I am writing the book together with Hubert Buch-Hansen and it will be published i 2024.


  • Economics, Politics
  • Critical realism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Degrowth
  • Green transition
  • Environment, Energy, Nature, Resources
  • Ecological economics
  • Deep ecology
  • ecovillages
  • Climate activism
  • Lærebogsprisen 2022

    Nielsen, Peter (Recipient) & Buch-Hansen, Hubert (Recipient), 4 Nov 2022

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize 2021

    Nielsen, Peter (Recipient) & Buch-Hansen, Hubert (Recipient), 20 Aug 2021

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions