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Rural Sociology and Library


Rural Sociology and Library
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Deputy Head of Department at the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain Research (Department of Rural Sociology and Library), Vienna/AT (since 2019)
Research associate at the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain Research, Vienna/AT (since 2019)
Research associate at the Federal Institute for Less Favoured and Mountainous Areas, Vienna/AT(1989-2018)
Doctoral studies in Rural Sociology at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna/AT (Dr. 1993)
Studies of Landscape Planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna/AT (DI 1986)

Main fields of work:

  • Rural sociology
  • Regional and mountainous development
  • Rural poverty and social inclusion
  • Family business farms
  • Social Capital
  • Green Care - Farming for Health (Social agriculture)
  • Rural and agricultural life-style patterns

Participation in committees:

  • Coordinator of the Austrian Working Group for Rural Sociology
  • Representative of the Rural Sociology Section within the Austrian Sociological Society
  • Member of the Austrian Anti-Poverty Network
  • Member of ASAP (Academics Stand Against Poverty)

BAB 068/24: Social Economy for Resilience, Inclusion and Good Life in Rural Areas (SERIGO)

Social vulnerability very easily leads to isolation and disempowerment. Both individuals and certain groups of people within a society are affected. The threat of social exclusion is particularly...

BAB 054/22: Work organisation of non-family seasonal workers in Austrian agriculture in the field of crop production

The structure of Austrian agriculture is characterised by small and medium-sized family farms. Non-family labour has always made a significant contribution to agricultural production (see...

BAB 051/22: Project ÖKO-SCHU-WA The economic relevance of protection forests in Austria

Project Management: Alexandra Freudenschuss, Peter Mayer (BWF - Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape) The WF project ÖKO-SCHU-WA was submitted by the...

BAB 042/20: Simple Costs for Education Providers

Since the current programming period (2014-2020) of the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commission offers the possibility to claim costs for projects in a simplified way...

BAB 047/21: 50 years of agricultural policy in Austria

Initial situation The Ministry of Agriculture was founded in 1868 and has played a key role in the country's policy areas ever since. In 1967, the publication "100 Years of the Ministry of...

BAB 046/21: ERASMUS+ – Strengthening Social Capital in Rural Communities for Rural Development

The concept of social capital has been an important component of policy instruments for rural development and local governance for some time. Its importance has also been increasingly recognised...

BAB 038/20: Cultural innovation in the agricultural context

Types and effects of art activities in rural areas on the individual, farm and regional level Initial situation The project aims to record art initiatives in an agricultural context, to present...

BAB 045/20: COVID-19 Lessons learnt

Context With the beginning of the Covi9-19 crisis in March 2020, weaknesses of the Austrian and global economic system became visible. The initiative for the research project was already taken in...

BAB 033/20: Enhancing capacity of universities to initiate and participate in clusters development on innovation and sustainability principles (ERASMUS Project UniClaD)

Initial situation Participation in clusters enables higher education institutions to provide students at different performance levels with practical activities in various projects. In...

BF 142/15: Social farming and social capital in rural regions

In recent years, an increasing importance of measures summarised under the catchwords Green Care and Social Farming can be observed. The special setting of the work and social system on a farm...

BF 138/14: Social factors influencing the success of passive flood protection

Georg Wiesinger, Theresia Oedl-Wieser, Thomas Lampalzer Passive flood protection defines spaces that are essentially dedicated to the "flowing retention" of water bodies. Other uses of...
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