Head of Institute
a. Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi
andre.martinuzzi (at) wu.ac.at
Evaluation, CSR, Sustainable Development, Knowledge Brokerage
André Martinuzzi has more than 20 years of experience in coordinatin and leading EU-wide research projects for the European Commission, as well as for international organizations and ministries. He is an expert in the fields of evaluation research, CSR, sustainable development, and knowledge brokerage. As a member of the European Evaluation society, he leads the working group "Evaluating Sustainable Development" and coordinated many conferences in the frame of the "EASY-ECO – Evaluation of Sustainability" Programms. André is also a member of the CEMS faculty group "Business and the Environment" and of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB).
Mag. Alexander Auer
alexander.auer1 (at) wu.ac.at
Regional-, Cluster- and Innovation Policy
Alexander Auer's research focuses on regional, cluster, and innovation policy, as well as their effects on cluster development and regional innovation systems. He is involved in many national and European research projects that deal with cluster development, knowledge transfer, innovation policy, and higher education policies. He posses substantial knowledge on qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods, with a focus on expert interviews. Alexander studied International Business Administration, focusing on transport economy, regional economics, and environmental economics at the Vienna University of Economics and of Business (AT). After his study abroad in the USA and China, Alexander worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In his dissertation, Alexander looked at the influence of different policy instruments on the development of regions and clusters.
Mag. Gerald Berger, MSc.
gerald.berger (at) wu.ac.at
Sustainability Strategies, Sustainable Consumption, Good Governance
Gerald Berger is an expert in the areas of sustainability strategies, good governance and sustainable raw material production and use. As research area leader, he has many years of experience with EU-funded research projects, for example on the sustainable use of raw materials, as well as in the organization and moderation of Europe-wide conferences. In addition, Gerald leads the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), the largest European network of experts on sustainability strategies. After completing his Masters in Political Science at the University of Salzburg, as well as a Masters at the Cardiff University in Wales (UK) in Sustainability, Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy, he worked at numerous institutes, such as the Interdisciplinary Center for Comparative Research in Social Sciences - ICCR in Vienna (AT), Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University in Wales (UK) and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT) in Vienna (AT).
Asya Dimitrova, M.A.
asya.dimitrova (at) wu.ac.at
Monitoring Sustainable Development, Evaluating R&I
Asya Dimitrova specializes in Sustainable Development Monitoring and R & I Evaluation. Asya works on a variety of EU-level projects, such as network analysis of civil society organizations' participation in scientific framework programs, as well as the contribution of EU Framework Programs to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, she works on Eurostat monitoring reports on sustainable development. Asya studied economics at the University of Glasgow (UK) and socio-ecological economics and policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (AT), where she specialized in social policy and demography.
Mag. Andreas Endl
andreas.endl (at) wu.ac.at
Sustainable Consumption and Production, Minerals Policy, Governance
Andreas Endl's research topics include sustainable consumption and production, as well as good governance and commodity policy. During his studies at the University of Vienna (AT) and at the Free University of Brussels (BE) in human ecology, he has increasingly dealt with approaches to human-environment relations. In particular, his expertise lies in in the fields of environmental and ecosystem science (e.g., climatology, soil and water cycles) and social science disciplines (e.g., political science theories of social governance in the field of environment and sustainable development). Through his many years of work in EU-funded research projects, such as COBALT, MIN-GUIDE, and Minland, he has gained extensive experience in policy analysis in the resource sector and the design of workshop-based stakeholder and peer-learning processes.
Florian Findler, M.Sc.
florian.findler (at) wu.ac.at
Corporate Sustainability, Sustainability in Higher Education
Florian Findler's research focuses on corporate sustainability and sustainability in universities. As part of his dissertation, he focuses in particular on Impact Assessment and Sustainable Development. Florian teaches in the seminar program ZuWi II and in the master program Management. In addition, he is the contact person for teaching and responsible for general student support. Florian studied management at the Universities of Marburg and Hohenheim (DE), as well as the BI Norwegian Business School (NO), which was combined with further study visits at the CBS in Copenhagen (DK) and the Jönköping International Business School (SE). He also worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Marketing & Business Development at the University of Hohenheim, as a freelancer in the Internet industry, and gained experience in international sales in the automotive industry. Before his studies, he was employed in the IT sector.
Sara Louise Gottenhuber, M.Sc.
sara.louise.gottenhuber (at) wu.ac.at
Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030
Sara Gottenhuber's research deals primarily with policy for sustainable development and currently works on the EU-funded research projects MIN-GUIDE and MIN-LAND. Sara has extensive experience from the non-governmental sector and has worked both in Vietnam and India with rural development and natural resource management. With a keen interest for both resource management and policy she completed a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Uppsala University (SE) and a Master's Degree in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agriculture. Her master thesis dealt with policy coherence for sustainable development.
Mag. Markus Hametner
markus.hametner (at) wu.ac.at
Monitoring and Evaluation, Sustainability Indicators
Markus Hametner's research focuses on monitoring and evaluating sustainable development and sustainability indicators. As research area leader, Markus has many years of experience with EU-funded projects from the European Commission and works mainly on indicators for sustainable development. For example, he is currently looking at the EU sustainability indicators and looking at the implementation status of the Europe 2020 strategy. Markus studied ecology at the University of Vienna (AT) and specialized in environmental economics and management as part of the interdisciplinary study program at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (AT).
Dr. Katharina Jarmai
katharina.jarmai (at) wu.ac.at
Responsible Research and Innovation, FTI Policy-making
Katharina Jarmai specializes in impact assessment, RTI policy, innovation systems, and social learning. Through her many years of experience in EU projects in the area of sustainable development and innovation policy, she was able to gain a profound knowledge of quantitative and qualitative empirical methods, with a focus on case study research, as well as the preparation, conduct, and analysis of expert interviews. In addition to her project management experience, Katharina has additional qualifications in the field of moderation, group dynamics, and organizational development. Katharina studied socio-economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (AT) and completed her doctoral studies on the impact of foresight processes on European science and innovation systems.
mariia.kostetckaia (at) wu.ac.at
Monitoring Sustainable Development
Mariia Kostetckaia specialises in Sustainable Development Monitoring. She compiles Eurostat monitoring reports on sustainable development as well as reports on the implementation status of the Europe 2020 strategy. Mariia studied International Relations at the Saint Petersburg State University (RU) and recently obtained an international interdisciplinary Master degree in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig (DE) and the University of Vienna (AT), where she focused on international law and human rights.
Eric Thomas Mulholland, M.Sc.
eric.thomas.mulholland (at) wu.ac.at
Governance for Sustainable Development
Eric Mulholland deals with various governance issues related to sustainability. He is responsible for writing the Quarterly Reports of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN), as well as for the organization of conferences and workshops within the ESDN. Eric is currently responsible for the coordination of the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW). He completed his Master of Science in Sustainable Development, Management and Policy at the MODUL University Vienna. He specialized in governance for sustainable development and wrote his Master's thesis on effective participatory governance in smart cities and smart city initiatives, using Vienna and Seestadt Aspern as a case study.
Mag. Caroline Nwafor, B.A.
caroline.nwafor (at) wu.ac.at
Responsible Research & Innovation, Sustainable Development
Caroline Nwafor is working on Responsible Innovation for small and medium-sized enterprises as part of an EU research project. Her other key areas include sustainable development and CSR. Caroline studied International Development and Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (AT). In addition to her work at the Institute, she is currently completing her Master's Degree in Social Ecology at the University of Klagenfurt (AT). She has many years of experience as a consultant in the field of energy poverty and as a project manager in the NGO sector.
Renate Ruech, B.Sc.
renate.ruech (at) wu.ac.at
Monitoring Sustainable Development
Renate Ruech specializes in monitoring sustainable development. She is working on Eurostat monitoring reports on the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Renate studied economics and social sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, specializing in corporate governance and business education. In parallel to her work at the Institute, Renate is currently studying for her maser program Business Education, also at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Before joining the Institute for Sustainability Management, she spent over ten years in various commercial functions in the private sector.
Norma Schönherr, M.Sc.
norma.schoenherr (at) wu.ac.at
CSR and Business in Global Development
Norma Schönherr's research focuses on the topics CSR, Enterprise and Sustainable Development, as well as Empirical Social Research. Her expertise is characterized by many years of experience in evaluation and monitoring, as well as work on EU-funded research projects, mainly in the field of impact assessment of companies on global development and the analysis of CSR successes. She studied Social Sciences at University College Maastricht (NL) and completed her Master's degree in Integrated Natural Resource Management at the Humboldt University Berlin (DE). Norma has worked in several international organizations such as ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and the GIZ GmbH. In addition to the working languages of English and German, she was able to acquire further language skills in French, Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch.
Barbara Stacherl, B.A.
barbara.stacherl (at) wu.ac.at
CSR, Sustainability in Higher Education
Barbara Stacherl deals with CSR and Sustainability in Higher Education. She supports the Institute for Managing Sustainability in research, teaching, and EU research projects. Barbara studied International Cultural and Business Studies at the University of Passau (DE) and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (RU). In her bachelor thesis she dealt with the added value of corporate CSR initiatives. She completed several internships, including at Hamburg Messe and Congress GmbH and the Institute for Managing Sustainability . She is currently working towards a master's degree in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (AT).
Heike Christiane Vogel-Pöschl, M.Sc.
heike.christiane.vogel-poeschl (at) wu.ac.at
Responsible Research & Innovation, Sustainability Standards
Heike Vogel-Pöschl is primarily concerned with Responsible Research and Innovation and Sustainability Standards. Her expertise is characterized by many years of experience in the field of sustainability management and reporting, as well as sustainable supply chain management. She studied social economics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (DE), combined with a study abroad to the Universidad de Guadalajara (MX). She then completed the international master's program in Sustainable Resource Management at the Technical University of Munich (DE). Through her work in the environmental departments of various companies and consultancies, she has gained valuable experience in the practical implementation of sustainability in companies. In addition, she worked as a research associate for the Department of Forest and Environmental Policy at the Technical University of Munich (DE) and the Institute for Sustainability in Technology and Economics at the OTH Amberg-Weiden (DE). In addition to her native language of German, she speaks English through her education as a certified foreign language correspondent and has further language skills in French and Spanish.
Adele Wiman, M.Sc.
adele.wiman (at) wu.ac.at
CSR, Global Development
The focus of Adele Wiman's work is in the field of CSR and global development. She is currently leading the development of an responsible innovation self-check tool for SMEs in the H2020 funded project COMPASS. Adele also manages a global multistakeholder expert platform that deals with the theme of effects of multinational companies on sustainable development. Adele stuidied sociology and social policy at the University of Warwick (UK), as well as economics at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna (AT). Adele then completed her Master's Degree in Public Policy and Human Development at the UN University in Maastricht (NL). As a cooperations facilitator between NGOs and economic partners, Adele was able to gain valuable experiences at the UN Development Program in Lithuania, as well as through her work as a researcher assistant in the European Parliament. Through her international background, she is able to speak English, French, and German in addition to her native language of Lithuanian.