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We are an interdisciplinary team representing social and natural sciences, and the humanities. We are dedicated to fostering research-, teaching-, and outreach- collaboration on and beyond our university's campus.

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Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Sigrid Stagl, M.S.

Sigrid Stagl

Academic Director of STaR; Institute for Ecological Economics; Head of the Department of Socioeconomics
Dr. Milda Zilinskaite

Milda Zilinskaite

Senior Scientist / STaR Center Manager
PD Dr. Christian Rammel

Christian Rammel

Third Mission at STaR; Head of the RCE Vienna
Dr. Marie-Sophie Attems, M.Sc.

Marie-Sophie Attems

Deputy Head of RCE Vienna

STaR Fellows (voluntary support)

Marlene Gruber, MSc(WU),MIM(CEMS)

Marlene Gruber

STaR Fellow
Aufgaben: SDG-Club & SDG-Day, On-Campus Sustainability Initiatives, Liason to Student Clubs

STaR Student Support

We are grateful to all our student and project assistants, who have supported STaR on various projects and inspired many new ideas throughout the years.

Rohan Simon

[Summer, 2022 - Winter, 2024] As STaR Graduate Assistant and Temporary Co-manager, Rohan (WU MBA, Finance) helped the team to maintain the STaR Website and LinkedIn page, hosted events to raise awareness on various sustainability topics, and participated in the filming of the SDG-Video series. He also created the informational page STaR intro to ESG Here's Rohan's LinkedIn profile.

Luca Ali

[2023 Spring - 2024 Winter] STaR Project Assistant and Temporary Co-Manager (SEEP Master's program) Luca helped with everyday operational processes and organised events for external stakeholders. She also worked on making the cross-campus Green Buddies initiatve more prominent, and assisted in the dissemination of the Refugee Talents brochure. Here's Luca's LinkedIn profile.

Kateřina Krebsová

[Spring, 2021- Fall, 2023] STaR Project Assistant (CEMS alumna), Kateřina led the STaR SDG-Videos project. She prepared research materials, coordinated communications with 50+ participants, participated in the filming, and helped us with the post-production. Here's Kateřina's LinkedIn profile.

María Díaz Macías

[Spring, 2021-Summer, 2022] Graduate Student Assistant (CEMS Master's program) at the Institute for International Business, part-time support for STaR. Maria helped us to improve STaR social media strategy, contributed new website contents, and was indispensable for the NBS SCC 2021 Workshop. Here's Maria's LinkedIn profile.

Teresa Riosa

[Spring-Summer, 2022] Teresa supported us with several aspects of STaR Humanitarian Aid Hub initiative, including research for and compilation of #Humanitarian Crisis: How Can We All Help? table and the awareness campaign via social media. Here's Teresa's LinkedIn profile.

Viktoriia Babii

[Spring-Summer, 2022] Viktoria supported us with the ViaGerman initiative. Founded and run by WU (CEMS) alumnus Lukas Pichler, the project helped Ukrainian children in Vienna to learn German. Free lessons were offered by student, faculty, and alumni volunteers. Viktoriia, originally herself from Ukraine as well, coordinated social media outreach and helped the program to grow.

Alisa Tkash

[Spring-Summer, 2022] Alisa supported us with the ViaGerman Initiative. Founded and run by WU (CEMS) alumnus Lukas Pichler, the project helped Ukrainian children in Vienna to learn German. Free lessons were offered by student, faculty, and alumni volunteers. Alisa, originally from Eastern Ukraine, took care of communication with parents and other stakeholders. Alisa's LinkedIn.

Susan Üstün

[Fall 2020] STaR Graduate Student Assistant (SEEP Master's program). Susan helped us to enhance the Sustainability@WU and For Students pages, and to start the collection of STaR Resources. Where is Susan heading now? Here is her LinkedIn, and a link to a podcast she co-produces: Inside Impact.

Dorian Aigner

[Summer 2020] STaR Graduate Student Assistant (CEMS Master's program). Dorian collected the first round of Thesis Writing for Impact topics, conducted student interviews, and helped our team to launch the Sustainability@WU page. Where is he heading now? Here's Dorian's LinkedIn profile.