Seiteninhalt Hauptmenü Portalmenu Seitenmenü Schriftgröße ändern Breadcrump Index Suche
pic

Sie sind hier:

Seite drucken

Schriftgröße ändern

Seiteninhalt


 

 

Logo SEC


 

Doctoral School of Social Ecology

Title of PhD
Using and expanding the Material- and Energy Flow Analysis (MEFA) framework for sustainability impact assessment of bioenergy systems.


Short abstract of PhD
The aim of this PhD research is to establish a comprehensive account of global biomass flows and consistently link it to the ecological carbon flows (e.g. Net Primary Production; NPP) and carbon stocks in ecosystems. It is also aim to assess the potential of cascade use of wood biomass for reducing GHG emission and increasing overall resource efficiency in the EU’s forest and bio-economy sectors.

 

Areas of Research:
- Material- and energy flow accounting/analysis
- Biomass and bioenergy sustainability impact assessment
- Life cycle assessment
- Biomass resource Efficiency

 

 

 

 

 

 
Title of PhD
Land-use and climate change effects on biodiversity:  Applying a transdisciplinary approach in socio-ecological modelling

 

Short abstract of PhD
The aim of this PhD is to examine the anticipated systemic feedbacks between (1) climate change, (2) land owner’s decisions on land use, (3) land-use change, and (4) changes in biodiversity patterns during the coming decades in a regional context. Thus, a regional case study conducted in the Eisenwurzen region will be used to explore the option space for future land use under climate change and to assess both the direct and indirect, land-use meditated effects of a warming climate on plant diversity.

 

Areas of Research:
- Biodiversity and global change
- Land use and land use change
- Integrated socio-ecological modelling
- Transdisciplinary Research

 

Iwona Dullinger´s CV

 

 

 

 

 

 
Research interests/skills
- Land use change and land-use intensity
- Data analysis and spatial analysis
- Scientific programming: R and python
- Grassland Ecology
- Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production

 

 

 

 

 
Title of PhD
Analysing the effects of Payments for Ecosystem Services on human well-being and environmental pressures

 

Short abstract of PhD
The aim is to study the effectiveness of the PES concept as an instrument to enhance human wellbeing while reducing human pressure on the environment. Initially, a literature review of PES cases was conducted, analysing how the different factors of PES implementation projects affect the success of the outcomes. Once these relationships were understood, a new conceptualization was developed to contextualize the different steps that lead a natural process to become a service to society. The concepts and theory were tested in the ground in a real case in Mexico, where a series of workshops were held following a transdisciplinary research approach to integrate stakeholders’ perceptions into a land use decision making process.

 

Areas of Research:
- Sustainability and natural resources management
- Stakeholder participation in decision making
- Transdisciplinary Research
- Interlinks between Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), human wellbeing, and nature protection

 

 

 

 

 

 
Areas of Research:
- Environmental history of the Alpine space
- human and social ecology

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Dino Güldner
PhD candidate
 

E dinoleon.gueldner@aau.at
zur Person


top
 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Petra Machold
PhD candidate
 

E pmachold@edu.aau.at


top
Short abstract of PhD
The project deals with the land use change in a sugarcane hacienda after the end of the Jesuit landownership in the River Chota- Mira Valley, Ecuador.

 

Areas of Research:
- Environmental History of Colonial South America
- Land use and land use change
- Water consumption and provison
- Sustainability studies

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Andreas Mayer
PhD candidate
 

E andreas.mayer@aau.at
zur Person


top
Areas of Research:

- Environmental Sociology 

- Society´s Metabolism

- Environmental Conflicts

- Food Security / Food Sovereignty

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. rer. soc. oec. Sofie Mittas Bakk. techn.
PhD candidate
 

E sofie.mittas@gmx.at


top
Title of PhD
Impact of the ERP (European Recovery Program) on the paper – forestry - complex in Austria 1948-1970


Short abstract of PhD
In my PhD thesis I want to research the impact of the European Recovery Program (ERP) on the Paper-Forestry-Complex in Austria. Besides the financial exchange the European Recovery Program included extensive (technical) knowledge exchange (e.g. Austrian scholars travelling to the U.S., exchange of technical expertise). Both the pulp and paper, and the forest industry underwent important changes in the decades following the WWII. An example for these changes in the forest industry was the introduction of new machinery for improving the road network into Austrian forests. The pulp and paper sector was an important part of Austria’s post-war economy. The pulp and paper industry was highly dependent on natural resources. But it did not only depend on them, but was also shaping natural resources by demanding large amounts of wood and also new breeds of trees and new forestry technics. In my thesis I want to explore the extent of this dependence and mutual shaping process and the role of the ERP in this. 

 

Areas of Research:
- Environmental history of the 20th century
- Forest history
- Environmental history of war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Michael Neundlinger BA
PhD candidate
 

E michael.neundlinger@aau.at
zur Person


top
Title of PhD
Surplus, Scarcity and Soil Fertility - Understanding Long Term Socio-Ecological Changes in Agroecosystems

 

Short abstract of PhD
The aim of the PhD project is to investigate feedbacks between social inequality and agroecological sustainability from a long term perspective. Using Energy Flow Accounting and Nutrient Budgeting to reconstruct a Lower Austrian case study, the PhD project represents a first attempt to conceptualize and empirically scrutinize distribution of central resources (food, land, labour) between different agrarian agents and its respective impact on the soil fertility of the agroecosystem. The central hypothesis is that a majority of the population is structurally excluded from food, land and labour, creating a need to use their available resources more intensively. This intensification of resource use threatens the sustainability of the local agroecology.

 

Areas of Research:
- Long Term Socio-Ecological Research
- Resource Use and Distribution
- Pre-Industrial Agroecosystems
- Environmental Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Dominik Noll
PhD candidate
 

E dominik.noll@aau.at
zur Person


top
Title of PhD
In Progress

 

Short Abstract of PhD
My PhD is part of the FWF funded SUSAKI (sustainable Samothraki) project that aims at analyzing society-nature relations on the Greek island Samothraki. I will focus on the social metabolism of the island and potential strategies for a sustainability transition. I am currently working on my Exposé.

 

Areas of Research:
- Social Metabolism
- Socioecological Transitions
- Island Sustainability
- Sustainability and Collapse

 

Dominik Noll´s CV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Panos Petridis, MSc, BSc
PhD candidate, Recipient of the “Marietta Blau Grant”
 

E panos.petridis@aau.at
W https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qpDRvcsAAAAJ&hl=en
zur Person


top
Title of PhD (working title)
Outlining a sustainable future for the island of Samothraki (Greece), as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: A socioecological systems approach to island sustainability


Short abstract of PhD
This study builds upon a transdisciplinary effort to transform the Greek island of Samothraki into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Analytically, it contributes to studies on island sustainability, by exploring the factors that cause island societies to prosper and sustain themselves and those that lead to demographic collapse. Using a socioecological systems approach the aim is to identify critical environmental and social “tipping points”. Moreover, taking into account the conceptual understanding of the problem, the visions of the people and the local and institutional constraints and opportunities, it aims to reflect on the intervention potential for a sustainability transition.

 

Areas of Research:
- Socioecological transitions
- Island studies
- Transdisciplinary Research
- Degrowth

 

Panos Petridis´s CV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Gudrun Pollack
PhD candidate
 

E gudrun.pollack@aau.at
zur Person


top
 

 

 

 

 

 
Dipl.-Ing. Angelika Schoder BA
PhD candidate, Recipient of a DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
 

E angelika.schoder@aau.at
zur Person


top
Title of PhD project:
Flow Regimes – The nature of Austrian hydropower, technical expertise, and environmental discourses in the 20th century

 

Short abstract of PhD project:
The project “Flow Regimes” explores the environmental and technological history of selected Austrian hydropower plants planned and (partly) built in the course of the 20th century. Particularly, it wants to elucidate the role of technical experts, their views and perceptions of the environment, in designing hydroelectric schemes and transforming Austrian rivers. Making use of archival sources, published materials, and oral history methods, complemented by a thorough inspection and autopsy of the case study sites, the project analyzes both the material interactions between environment and technology, and the discourses that shaped and were shaped by technological interventions into fluvial landscapes.

 

Areas of research:
- Environmental history of hydropower in Austria
- Intersection environmental history / history of technology (“envirotech”)
- Hydraulic engineering, river morphology, and sediment regime
- Water and energy management and policy

 

Angelika Schoder´s CV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Barbara Smetschka
PhD candidate
 

E barbara.smetschka@aau.at
zur Person


top
Areas of Research:
- Gender and Sustainability Studies
- Time-Use Studies
- Participatory Research
- Women in Science
- Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag.(FH) Christina Spitzbart
PhD candidate
 

E christina.spitzbart@aau.at
zur Person


top
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Michaela Theurl
PhD candidate
 

E michaelaclarissa.theurl@aau.at
zur Person


top
Areas of Research:
- Climate change, agricultural systems and life styles
- Organic agriculture
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Product carbon footprints
- Land use and resource efficiency 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mag. Dominik Wiedenhofer
PhD candidate
 

E dominik.wiedenhofer@aau.at
zur Person


top
Areas of Research:
- Sustainable consumption
- Social metabolism
- Transition studies and structural change
- Material and energy flow accounting (MEFA)
- Stocks and Flows Modelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
© 2009 Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt | Impressum | Kontakt | Disclaimer
Für den Inhalt dieser Seite verantwortlich: Gabriela Miechtner