Selected Projects

TARGET - Taking a Reflexive Approach to Gender Equality for institutional Transformation

Principal Investigator: Angela Wroblewski
Project Members: Andrea Leitner, Bianca Brandl
Project Duration: May 2017 – April 2021
Financing: Horizon 2020, H2020-SwafS-03-2016-2017, CSA (Coordination and support action)
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TRAFO-LABOUR - The Role of Trade Unions and Workers' Interests in Social Ecological Transformation towards a Climate-Friendly Society: The Case of Austria

Principal Investigator: Beate Littig
Project Duration: June 2014 – August 2016
Financing: FFG/ Klima- und Energiefonds
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FiF - Frauen in Fahrt (Women in Motion)

Principal Investigator: Astrid Segert
Project Duration: August 2015 - July 2017
Financing: bmvit – Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
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Gender in Research Content – Review of research projects funded within the FEMtech-Initiative

Principal Investigator: Angela Wroblewski
Project Duration: December 2015 - July 2017
Financing: bmvit – Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Project Content: The project pursues the following goals: (1) to describe the gender dimension of funded projects and their results. This includes the gender concept used as well as it’s operationalization and implementation (e.g. in data collection and analysis, product development). (2) to identify supportive factors as well as hindrances with regard to the implementation of the gender dimension in FEMtech projects. (3) to provide recommendations for further FEMtech calls to strengthen the gender dimension.

Between Moralization and Colonialisation – The Case of FAIRTRADE

Principal Investigator: Michael Jonas
Project Duration: June 2013 - February 2016
OeNB Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 15216

Project Content: Since the current discussion about the extent and manifestation of a financial crisis, norms and values as integral part of economic markets gain public attention. According to contemporary findings within economic and consumer research, a range of markets are currently undergoing a fundamental transformation where moral values and commitments are considered as constitutive of economic operations. But whether this culturalisation of the economy must be understood as based on a moralisation of markets (Stehr) or rather is the result of an economic colonialisation of morals (Habermas) is neither theoretically nor empirically verified. Our research project is based on these considerations: on the basis of a praxeologic research approach we ask how and in relation to which practices is the so-called „fairtrade“ market enacted and, in doing so, moves in a tension between a moralisation of markets and the economic colonialisation of morals. We consider these questions with reference to empirical research and focus primarily on the constitutive practices and settings in which the fairtrade market is enacted.

Sustainable Living and Working in a Cohousing Project: a Comparative, Practice Theory-Oriented Analysis

Principal Investigator: Beate Littig
Project Duration: October 2012 - October 2015
OeNB Jubiläumsfonds Project No. 15031

Project Content: The study at hand deals with a Cohousing project in Vienna focusing on sustainable living practices. Possible changes in practices are measured by a pre- and post-test comprising quantitative and qualitative research methods. How do practices of living and of unpaid work change with the move into the Cohousing project regarding their ecological and social sustainability? Which contexts, processes and resources are necessary or hindering to maintain new practices? The study examines individual and joint arrangement practices of the future residents with relevance to the field of sustainability, putting special focus on unpaid caring, household and supply work as well as community work. Using the example of a joint living arrangement will provide answers to the question how practices can be changed sustainably within a consciously shaped setting rich in prerequisites.
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