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PD Dr. Michaela Neumayr

Michaela Neumayr is assistant professor at the Institute for Nonprofit Management at WU Vienna. Her research areas are charitable giving, philanthropy and society, nonprofits’ funding, and nonprofits’ roles in society.

She holds a doctoral degree in economics from the Institute for Social Policy, WU Vienna and Magister degrees in Business Education and in Economics, also from WU. In 2005, she studied at Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE). Michaela was researcher at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) and worked for Statistics Austria, Green Budget Germany, and Service Civil International – Austria during her studies.


  • European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP)

  • International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)

Research Projects

Understanding Private Philanthropy in the European Context: What drives Charitable Giving and which Causes benefit? (2014 - present)

  • Private Charitable Giving in Austria (2011-2014, funded by the Anniversary Fund of Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

  • Resource Dependence – The impact of different forms of public funding on the functions of nonprofits in Austria (dissertation, 2007-2010)

  • Spendenverhalten in Österreich (contract research, 2008-2009)

  • The Third Sector Between Voice and Services: Comparing Old and New Democracies (2006-2009, funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research under its programme 'New Orientations for Democracy in Europe')