• In my academic research, I follow an applied regional geography approach, share a historicist/morphogenetic vision, and aim at understanding and solving problems related to rural–urban interaction and land use change in mountain environments—mainly combining (1) landscape theory (e.g., of Augustin Berque), (2) GIS-based spatial analyses (e.g., of land cover change trajectories), and (3) qualitative social research (e.g., on environmental perception and decision making). I have a strong interest in transdisciplinarity (e.g., coproduction of knowledge) and environmental planning (e.g., conservation of nature/culture) for sustainable regional development.


  • The regional foci of my work are on the eastern European Alps (esp. Austria and Italy) and central Andes (esp. Peru). For the sake of comparison, I am also interested in other mountain regions (e.g., the western European Alps and the northern Apennines).


  • I have a great interest in international collaboration and participation in joint European (e.g., Horizon Europe and the Interreg Alpine Space, CENTRAL EUROPE, and Danube Transnational programs) and other projects focusing on mountain research and development in its broadest sense. My proven multiyear track record in national and international project initiating, planning, implementing, controlling, and closing, as well as experience in leading projects and worpackages, facilitate the building of partnerships and guarantee a smooth research and development process. Looking for an Austrian project partner? Let us get in touch!