The Team

We are connected by many years of experience in scientific project work and by a strong network in Austria and Europe.

The primary task of the WPZ Research Team is to prepare scientific studies in our subject areas. It is also a priority of the WPZ Research Team to cooperate on a project-by-project basis, i.e. to involve further national and international researchers into project work, whether in the field of economics or involving other disciplines such as social sciences, law, etc.

These reports should be prepared using methodological diversity (quantitative and qualitative). In order to achieve these goals, a team of experienced staff members (senior researchers) is required.

WPZ Research was therefore founded by a team of scientifically proven economists with experience in the field of economic policy and a managing director with business management expertise and extensive knowledge in the fields of innovation, education and evaluation. All employees have many years of experience in scientific project work (application and contract research) and are well connected in the Austrian and European community. The corresponding qualification also makes it possible to involve young scientists in project work or to supervise them in their independent work.

WPZ Research Team

Dr. Brigitte Ecker

Managing Director of WPZ Research

Brigitte Ecker, Managing Director of WPZ Research, studied business administration at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, where she received her doctorate with distinction in 2003. After several years working in the business sector, she joined Joanneum Research – Centre for Economic and Innovation Research Vienna in 2004.

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In 2013 Brigitte Ecker joined the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna, where she was head of the research group “Innovation, Education and Sustainability” from 2014 on. In summer 2016 she founded WPZ Research. Brigitte Ecker is also Consultant at the Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) of VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in Berlin, as well as Lecturer for Innovation and Technology Management at Technikum Wien. Her work focuses on RTI policy, higher education research and evaluation.

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Dipl. Ing. Bruno Lindorfer

Consultant of WPZ Research

Bruno Lindorfer was global CTO of VOEST ALPINE Industrieanlagenbau (from 2006 SIEMENS VAI) from 1990 to 2008 and was responsible for RTI agendas in the USA, China and Korea. From 2008 to 2017, he was Managing Director of the Upper Austrian Innovation Agency.

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He was a member of many bodies in Austria and Brussels, including the Advisory Board of the FFG Basic Programmes and Vice President of the CDG. Since July 2021, Bruno Lindorfer has been supporting WPZ Research as a consultant.

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Laura Dusl, LL.B.

Research Assistant

Laura Dusl completed her Bachelor in Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in April 2020. Afterwards, she started her Master in Business Law and joined WPZ Research as a research assistant.

Susanne Fröhlich

Administration

Susanne Fröhlich worked for more than 25 years for a non-university research institute in the field of economics and social sciences in project management, quality control and layout and as back office manager for an international sports association. She has been supporting the WPZ Research team with her expertise since November 2019.

Michaela Gstrein

Dr. Michaela Gstrein

Research Associate

Michaela Gstrein studied commercial sciences, completed a post-graduate degree in economics at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) and a doctorate in economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. From 2002 on she was Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna, and from September 2016 on Michaela Gstrein has been working at WPZ Research. Since 2021 she is also MA Gender Studies.

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She also evaluates research projects for the European Community. Her research interests include innovation in business and research, gender analysis, quality of (working) life, work-life balance. (female) employment, social security, integration and cohesion, families/family benefits, demography/growth/employment, situation of youth, migration, and policy evaluation.

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Julian Johs, BSc

Research Assistant

Julian Johs completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences with a focus on Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (with distinction), as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Statistics at the University of Vienna. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

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Since November 2019, Julian Johs has been working as a research assistant at WPZ Research, focusing on the application of DSGE models.

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Mara Kritzinger, MSc

Research Associate

Mara Kritzinger graduated with honors from the Bachelor’s program in Economics and Social Sciences with a focus on Economics and from the Master’s program in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Until February 2020, Mara Kritzinger worked as a research assistant at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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As of July 2020, Mara Kritzinger joined WPZ Research and is working on DSGE models in the area of “Economic Policy, Banking and Finance” under the supervision of Univ. Prof. Christian Keuschnigg.

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Hanna Merki, BSc

Research Assistant

Hanna Merki graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam in June 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics with a focus on Economics. Since October 2020, she has been studying for a Master’s degree in Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

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In summer 2020, she worked as an intern at the ifo Center for the Economics of Education. Besides her studies, Hanna Merki is involved in FiscalFuture, an initiative of young people advocating for investment needs in Germany and Europe. Hanna Merki supports the WPZ Research Team as a research assistant since May 2021.

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Panourgias Papaioannou, M.Sc.

Research Assistant

Panourgias Papaioannou studied English language and American studies in the University of Athens and the Free University of Berlin. He worked for the European Parliament before completing his Erasmus Mundus in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) at the Danube University Krems and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.

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Before joining WPZ Research he has completed an internship for the European University Association (EUA), he then worked for the European Association of Institutional Research (EAIR) and the European University Foundation (EUF). His work focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation of Higher Education Institutions.

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Dr. Andreas Pfaffel

Research Associate

Andreas Pfaffel studied psychology at the University of Vienna, where he completed his doctoral studies in social and economic sciences with excellent results in 2016. From 2011, he worked as an educational psychologist and evaluator at the Institute of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, Economics at the University of Vienna in several research and evaluation projects.

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As a lecturer he has been teaching evaluation research, qualitative and quantitative research methodology as well as presentation and moderation techniques at the University of Vienna since 2011 and at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt since March 2020. Research Methodology as well as Presentation and Moderation Technique. Since September 2020 he is working at WPZ-Research in the field of education/university research and evaluation.

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Prof.(FH) Dr. Verena Régent

Research Associate

Verena Régent studied sociology and social economy at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the University of Helsinki. From 2011, she worked in research and consulting companies for the acquisition and management of third-party funded research projects at the interface between social sciences and new technologies.

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From 2016 she was Senior Lecturer at Lauder Business School, since 2020 she is external expert at the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission. In February 2021, she will start as a research associate at WPZ Research GmbH. Her work focuses on areas such as higher education research, innovation, and knowledge and technology transfer.

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Prof.(FH) Dr. Christian Reiner

Research Associate

Christian Reiner studied economic geography and economic history at the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg. He was a senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies from September 2013 and previously worked at the Center for Economic and Innovation Research at Joanneum Research in Vienna.

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Christian Reiner joined Lauder Business School in September 2016 and is also a member of the WPZ Research Team. His work focuses on areas such as structural change, innovation dynamics, industrial and innovation policy, and policy evaluation; methodologically, his main focus is on micro-econometric methods. He teaches economics and statistics at universities and universities of applied sciences.

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Sascha Sardadvar

Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. Dr. Sascha Sardadvar

Research Associate

Sascha Sardadvar studied economics at the University of Vienna, Freie Universität Berlin and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In July 2015, he obtained an authorisation to teach for Economic Geography and Regional Science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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From 2005 to 2015 he worked at the Institute of Economic Geography and Geoinformatics of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, in the winter semester 2014/15 he spent a research sabbatical at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. His research focuses on regional economic growth, interregional migration, market behaviour and innovation economics. Sascha Sardadvar also works as a part-time lecturer at the University of Vienna, Ferdinand Porsche Fernfachhochschule, IMC FH Krems and the Modul University Vienna.

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Evelyn De Ita, BSc.

Michaele Diehl, B.Sc.

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