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

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+43 (0)1 8903225-201

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 brigitte.ecker@wpz-research.com

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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Dr. Ulrich Schuh

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+43 (0)1 8903225-201

  +43 (0)664 8568416

 ulrich.schuh@wpz-research.com

Ulrich Schuh, Head of Economic Policy at WPZ Research, studied economics at the University of Vienna and finished his doctorate in 2002. He completed a postgraduate course at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 1999 Ulrich Schuh worked at the Federal Ministry of Finance in the Economic Policy Department.

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From 1999 to 2011 he was employed at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) as a research assistant, from 2004 as department head of the Department of Economics and Finance. From 2011 to 2016 he headed the EcoAustria Institute. Ulrich Schuh was Head of Directorate-General at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Dr. Schuh’s research focuses on the public sector, tax policy, empirical labour market research and macroeconomic modelling.

Laura Dusl, LL.B.
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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

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Susanne Fröhlich worked for more than 20 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 supports the WPZ Research Team with her expertise since November 2019.

Michaela Gstrein

Dr. Michaela Gstrein
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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.
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Her research focuses on quality of life, social security, integration and cohesion, families/family benefits, female employment, work life balance, gender, demography/growth/employment, youth, migration and policy evaluation.

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Julian Johs

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+43 (0)1 8903225-202

 julian.johs@wpz-research.com

Julian Johs is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in business, economics and social sciences with a focus on economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In the winter semester 2018/19 he spent one semester abroad at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Julian Johs joined WPZ Research as a research assistant in November 2019.

Mara Kritzinger, MSc
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mara.kritzinger@wpz-research.com

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. Since June 2019, Mara Kritzinger has been working as aresearch assistant at WU.

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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.

Viola Nellessen, M.Sc.

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Viola Nellessen studied economics at the Universities of Mannheim and Freiburg (Germany) and completed her master’s degree in February 2020. Her master’s thesis focused on overcoming obstacles to reform in the development of a cross-border, sustainable electricity market in Europe. Read more

After her studies, Viola Nellessen worked for seven months as an intern at the Austrian National Bank in the Financial Stability and Macroprudential Supervision Department. Since March 2021, she supports the WPZ Research team as a research assistant.

Dr. Andreas Pfaffel
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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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Nino (Nini) Popkhadze, M.Sc.

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Nini Popkhadze joined WPZ Research as a research associate in February 2021. She is currently finalizing her Master’s degree in “Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE 2019-2021)”. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Tbilisi in 2012 and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Ilia in 2018.
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Nini worked at the Free University of Tbilisi as a Program Coordinator for Law (2016-2018), and she also worked at the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement from 2018-2019, conducting institutional evaluation of Georgian higher education institutions. Her work focuses on topics such as transformation of higher education institutions, innovation, entrepreneurship, and data governance.

Dr. Verena Régent

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+43 (0)1 8903225-202

 sascha.sardadvar@wpz-research.com

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.

Dr. Christian Reiner

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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 part 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 microeconometric methods. He teaches economics and statistics at universities and universities of applied sciences.
Sascha Sardadvar

Prof.(FH) Priv.-Doz. Dr. Sascha Sardadvar
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+43 (0)1 8903225-203

 sascha.sardadvar@wpz-research.com

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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