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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 supports the WPZ Research Team with her expertise since November 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.