This page is dedicated to the employees of the IHS, who will be introduced via short interviews on a monthly basis. The Interviews focus on the personal as well as the academic background of the people constituting the IHS. Older articles will be archived and are accessible on this page.

Kira Abstiens

Kira Abstiens is a Researcher at IHS and works in the research group for Behavioral Economics, Insight Austria. She studied psychology in Vienna and is interested in health and sustainability topics as well as science communication.

Alexander Lang

Alexander Lang has been at the IHS since 2011 and explored a series of different topics in his research, including technology assessments, responsible research, and examining the notion of “good death". He is part of the research group Science, Technology and Social Transformation and currently working on his dissertation.

Isabella Juen

Isabella Juen is a sociologist and has been part of the institute since 2018. In addition to her part-time position at the IHS research group EQUI, she works as a project coordinator at the Institute for Strategic Analysis.

Judith Engleder

Judith Engleder has been at IHS since 2018 and is a member of the IHS research group Higher Education Research. Her time at IHS has so far been marked by her work on the Student Social Survey.

Christian Kimmich

Christian Kimmich is part of the IHS research group Regional Science and Environmental Research, newly formed in 2021, and focuses on environmental economics and decision-making processes.

Sophie Fößleitner

Sophie Fößleitner is a health economist in the IHS research group Health Economics and Health Policy and is working on her dissertation as a junior researcher.

Andreas Huber

Andreas Huber is a historian and sociologist and at IHS since 2019. He is responsible for processing the institute's archives and for his book "Der Deutsche Klub", which he wrote together with Linda Erker and Klaus Taschwer, on the shortlist for the Science Book of the Year.

Johannes Starkbaum

Johannes Starkbaum has been at IHS since 2018. In the IHS research group Techno-Science and Societal Transformation he is working on participatory and sustainable innovation processes. 

Christian Neubauer

Christian Neubauer is a political scientist and part of the IHS research group European Governance and Public Finance. His research interests include public opinion, voting behavior and party politics.

Anna Durnová

Anna Durnová currently works as an Elise Richter Research Fellow at the competence center Insight Austria. In her work, she is primarily concerned with the interplays between emotions and knowledge in politics.

Miriam Reiss

Miriam Reiss has already been at the IHS since 2013. As a member of the research group Health Economics and Health Policy, the last couple of weeks were particularly interesting for her.

Richard Sellner

Richard Sellner has been at IHS for more than 10 years and has also been a member of the Economic Forecast Group for almost a year. He is part of the Macroeconomics and Economic Policy research group. In the Spotlight interview, he talks about his research interests and home office routine in times of the corona crisis.

Sarah Lappöhn

Sarah Lappöhn works in the research group Companies, Industries, Regions on regional studies. In her doctoral thesis she focuses on Brazil and examines the effects of different agricultural systems on different dimensions of poverty and inequality.

Vlasta Zucha

Sociologist Vlasta Zucha joined IHS in fall 2019 and works in the research group Higher Education Research. Before joining IHS she gained seven years of experience as project manager at Statistik Austria. 

Stefan Vogtenhuber

Stefan Vogtenhuber is an educational sociologist and part of the research group in_Equality and Education. He deals with educational processes and the outcomes of education and is part of IHS since 2004.

Elisabeth Frankus

Elisabeth Frankus is a Senior Researcher at the IHS research rroup Techno-Science and Societal Transformation and works on fostering responsible research and innovation, participation and the mobility of the future. Since this year, she is also coordinating the research platform Science Goes Public.

Karin Schönpflug

Karin Schönpflug is part of the competence center Security and Stability and recently published a study on gender pricing in Austria.

Marcel Fink

Marcel Fink, member of the research group Labour Market and Social Policy, works on issues of social policy in all its varieties and consequently deals with the question of what changes in social policy mean for social participation and inclusion.

Axel Sonntag

Axel Sonntag works as a senior researcher with Insight Austria in the field of behavioural economics.

Susanne Forstner

Susanne Forstner is part of the research group European Governance and Public Finance and currently involved in a EU-project that assesses the impacts of global trends on the tax system.

Sebastian Koch

Sebastian Koch works in the research group Macroeconomics and Economic Policy and specializes in the issues of pricing and inflation.

Bianca Thaler

Bianca Thaler works in the reserach group Higher Education Research, in a current project she deals with the tracking of Students at nine Universities.

Jan Kluge

Jan Kluge studied economics in Dresden and focuses on issues regarding regional economy. He is part of the research group Companies, Industries, Regions and recently published a Policy Brief dealing with regulations in the passenger transport business.

Markus Kraus

Markus Kraus is a member of IHS since 15 years and works at the research group Health Economics and Health Policy. He is currently involved with an EU-funded project regarding integrated care for people with multimorbidity.

Nadia Steiber

Nadia Steiber joined the IHS at the beginning of 2018 and works in the research group in_Equality and Education on the topics of education, labor market and social inequality. At the moment she is involved in multiple projects including labor market integration of migrants in Austria and social progress in education and work.

Dagmar Rychnovská

Dagmar Rychnovská joined the IHS as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the beginning of May 2018 and will be working for two years with the research group Techno-Science and Societal Transformation. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and specializes in Security Studies.