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Head of In­sti­tute

a. Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi
andre.martinuzzi (at)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-4698

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).

Re­search Team

Mag. Al­ex­an­der Auer
al­ex­an­der.auer1 (at)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-4776

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)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-4807

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)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-5453

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)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-5452

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5133

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.­ten­huber (at)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-6016

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)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-5135

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5830

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
mariia.kostetckaia (at)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5453

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-6044

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)

Tel.: +43-1-31336-5136

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)

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5454

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-4122

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5671

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)
Tel.: +43-1-31336-5717

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.