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Tamara Artacker

Tamara Artacker

Email Address: tamara.artacker(at)boku.ac.at

In her PhD project Tamara focuses on the tensions between family farming and agroindustry. Specifically, she looks at the small-scale maize production in Ecuador and is interested in the role knowledge regimes and subjectivities play in the formation of specific society-nature relations.

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André Baumgart

André Baumgart

Email Address: andre.baumgart(at)boku.ac.at

In his PhD project, André focuses on current and future resource use ranging from stock-building materials to technology-critical elements. Applying bottom-up material stock and stock-driven material flow accounting, he aims to better understand the connection between material stocks, their associated flows, and the services and disservices they provide.

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Bastian Bertsch-Hörmann

Bastian Bertsch-Hörmann

Email Address: bastian.bertsch-hoermann(at)boku.ac.at

In his Ph.D. project, Bastian is working on climate change adaptation in agriculture, focusing on a case study region in SW-Spain. Applying qualitative and quantitative methods and data, and using an agent-based modelling approach, he is exploring land users' decision-making in the face of extreme drought and heat events, a manifest water use conflict between agriculture and conservation, as well as potentially changing political and socio-economic framework conditions. His work aims at informing policy and adaptation strategy formulation, as well as developing the transferability of agent based models between study regions.

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Anna-Katharina Brenner

Anna-Katharina Brenner

Email Address: anna.brenner(at)boku.ac.at

After working on environmental justice matters in Austria in my Master's Thesis,  a short trip to the Sociology Department, working on urban transitions and social policies in the light of environmental governance, I now close the circle by investigating the feasibility of alternative resource use patterns in the Metropolitan Region Vienna-Bratislava. Hence, my focus is on peri-urban governance structures enabling or hindering sustainability transitions.

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Benjamin Fleischmann

Benjamin Fleischmann

Email Address: benjamin.fleischmann(at)boku.ac.at

In his Ph.D. project, Benjamin tries to understand the role of power struggles among different social-ecological projects in developing the European bioeconomy policy. Therefore, he is interested in clustering actor constellations and their specific strategies on biomass and land use linked to a broader political-economic context. His primary interest is how these actor constellations shape policies and institutional configurations and how this might influence resource use in the future. In this perspective, he tries to highlight opportunities and barriers of the EU bioeconomy for a far-reaching social-ecological transformation.

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Daniel Gerdes

Daniel Gerdes

Email Address: daniel.gerdes(at)boku.ac.at

An ecological economist by training, Daniel is interested in the justice aspects of the transitions to sustainability, with a special focus on the energy and mobility sectors. He uses tools and modelling approaches rooted in systems thinking to analyse different transition pathways with regard to their implications for environmental sustainability and social justice.

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Harald Grabher

Harald Grabher

Email Address: harald.grabher(at)boku.ac.at

Harald brings his hands-on experience as a development practitionner in land and natural resource use in low and middle income countries into his doctoral project. He investigates the different energy services that households derive from biomass combustion and the interlinkages between stocks, material flows and energy services from a socio-metabolic perspective. With his research he aims to promote more sustainable energy and land use systems.

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Katrin Kaltenegger

Katrin Kaltenegger

Email Address: kalteneg(at)iiasa.ac.at

In her PhD project Katrin focusses on the nitrogen cycle and how it is affected by human activity. Making use of spatially explicit data, she is able to span the analysis from the sub-regional to the globallevel.

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Lisa Kaufmann

Lisa Kaufmann

Email Address: lisa.kaufmann(at)boku.ac.at

Lisa tries to detect the web of food-related biomass flows from land-use via trade and livestock systems to the people. More specifically, through identifying patterns in agri-food metabolisms of sub-national regions, she seeks to support more region-specific approaches to global challenges.

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Nora Krenmayr

Nora Krenmayr

Email Address: nora.krenmayr(at)boku.ac.at

Nora looks at the dynamics and conflicts concerning international trade flows, recycling technologies, systems and regulations of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with a geographical focus on Europe and India.

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Sarah Matej

Sarah Matej

Email Address: sarah.matej(at)boku.ac.at

In her PhD, Sarah analyses global patterns of land use and the resulting impacts on ecosystem functioning. By integrating earth observation data with model-derived and statistical data she aims to gain new insights into the nature and trajectories of land-system change.

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Astghik Sahakyan

Astghik Sahakyan

Email Address: astghik.sahakyan(at)boku.ac.at

Astghik Sahakyan holds a master's degree in Economics - specialization is Agribusiness and Marketing. At BOKU University her Ph.D. research is focused on analyzing a food system and assessing the changes required to transform a linear food system into a sustainable and circular one

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Carmen Séra-Penker

Carmen Séra-Penker

Email Address: carmen.sera(at)boku.ac.at

In her PhD project, Carmen investigates the Sustainable Energy Transition and its politics in the Caribbean region. Focussing on practices of technology transfer, the projects looks into a regional institution, analyses a case study as well as explores barriers and enablers of South-South Technology Transfer.

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Gamze Ünlü

Gamze Ünlü

Email Address: unlu(at)iiasa.ac.at

In her PhD project, Gamze focuses on modeling of material cycles in the MESSAGE integrated assesment model. The production of energy and emission intensive materials in the industry such as iron&steel, cement, aluminum and chemicals are building blocks of the social metabolism but also pose a great challange for climate change.By using the developed modeling tool, she looks into future scenarios to assess the implications of circular economy measures on climate mitigation and energy transition.

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Hanspeter Wieland

Hanspeter Wieland

Email Address: hanspeter.wieland(at)boku.ac.at

Hanspeter's work focuses on the application of input-output analysis in the context of sociometabolic research and environmental-economic accounting. More specifically, he investigates global production-consumption networks of the steel industry as well as the associated environmental pressures and impacts to advance the current state-of-art in global physical input-output modelling.

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