Michaela Neumann is a research associate at the Institute for Law and Governance and at the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance, both WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Vienna, which she completed with a thesis on the history of social housing in Vienna. In 2020, Michaela completed her master’s degree in socio-ecological economics and policy at WU, specializing on globalization and multi-level policy. During her studies, she was part of a team of students assessing Vienna’s Smarter Together project, a smart cities project funded by the European Union in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program. Further, she was a teaching assistant for courses on International Institutions, Governance and Policy Evaluation and Environmental Change and Policy. In her master’s thesis, Michaela conducted a case study of the French cooperative SCOP TI, analyzing its factory workers’ effort to realize a post-capitalist organization of work.
As a research associate, Michaela is part of the team coordinating and writing the APCC Special Report 22 on “Structural Conditions for Climate Friendly Living”. The special report, which is co-edited by Verena Madner at the Institute for Law and Governance, addresses Austria’s challenges and opportunities in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement. Assessing a broad range of available scientific knowledge, the report calls for a societal transformation that entails all aspects of daily lives in Austria. Previously, Michaela was member of the local organizing committee of the 11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2020 (IST2020) co-organized by the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance, the Institute for Law and Governance, and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in association with the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). At the conference, Michaela was responsible for the coordination of the team of conference ambassadors and student staff.