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 8903225-10

  +43 (0)664 3454235

 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 8903225-12

  +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.
Gerald Gogola

Gerald Gogola, MSc
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+43 (0)1 8903225-13

  gerald.gogola@wpz-research.com

Gerald Gogola graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business with a Master’s degree in Economics in August 2018. Prior to this, he received a bachelor’s degree in business, economics and social sciences. From February 2017 to September 2018 he supported the WPZ team as research assistant. Since October 2018, Gerald Gogola has been working as a researcher in the field of economic and innovation policy.

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Michaela Gstrein

Dr. Michaela Gstrein
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+43 (0)1 8903225-13

 michaela.gstrein@wpz-research.com

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 is 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 8903225-12

 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.

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 Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) from September 2013 on and previously worked at the Centre for Economic and Innovation Research of Joanneum Research in Vienna.
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Since September 2016 Christian Reiner has been working at Lauder Business School and is member of the WPZ Research Team. His work focuses on areas such as structural change, innovation dynamics, industrial and innovation policy as well as policy evaluation. His methodological 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 8903225-11

 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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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.

Simone Gstrein

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Philipp Gstrein

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Doris Wimmer, BA

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Johann Ecker, MBA

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Johann Ecker is a management consultant, since September 2017 Johann Ecker also supports the WPZ Research-Team with his expertise especially in the fields of infrastructure, environment and mobility. Prior to this, Johann Ecker was an authorised representative and senior consultant at Institut Retzl GmbH – Community Research and Structural Analysis.

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In this function he was, among other things, active in consulting for federal, state and local governments as well as public companies, particularly in the field of infrastructure development, mobility and sustainable development. Johann Ecker is therefore particularly familiar with issues such as process design, process implementation and participatory procedures. In the field of mobility, he has designed and supported consulting activities, particularly in the coordination and implementation of planning and participation processes in the public sector in Upper Austria. Furthermore, Johann Ecker has carried out numerous evaluation projects in the field of mobility.
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