Project team

Project team

Florian Bernardt

studied economics at the University of Osnabrück and completed a master’s program in applied economics. His master thesis „Globale Ungleichgewichte: eine ökonomische und empirische Analyse“ dealt with topic of global imbalances.

Since December 2016 he has been working at the Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS) in the department for Economic and Social Affairs. His task fields cover the empirical analysis of industries and social monitoring.

Martin Distelkamp

is partner at GWS and studied economics and politics at the University of Essen (Diploma in 1997). Since 2000 he works with GWS. Together with Mark Meyer he is responsible for the continued development of the global EE-MRIO Model GINFORS in the division “Global Developments and Resources”.

His research focus is the empirical analysis of progress towards a decoupling of prosperity from resource use. This involves the indicator-based ex-post-monitoring under consideration of the physical dimension of global supply chains as well as sound and consistent model-based projections, that reflect the complex interdependencies within and between the global system(s). Another focus of his work is the design and application of impact assessments for environmental interventions by means of EE-MRIO-models.

Anett Großmann

has been working for GWS since 2004. Since 2017 she is part of the division ‘Economic and Social Affairs’. Her main fields of interest are the development of computer based national and global forecasting and simulation models for e. g. Austria, Germany and Russia and the quantification of macroeconomic effects of policy measures. Most recently she was mainly involved in the impact analysis of economic and environmental policy measures and their representation in so-called E3 (economy, energy, environment) models.

Currently, Mrs. Großmann is increasingly working on industry analysis and (socio-)economic modelling of e.g. demographic issues.

Fritz Hinterberger

born in 1959, Studies of national economics at the Johannes-Kepler University Linz. 1985-1991 scientific member at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen. Since 1985 he has been teaching at universities both in Austria and abroad. 1993-2000 leader of the working group Ecological Economics and Ecological Economical Policy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.

Since 1999 founding president of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). Board member of the Austrian Chapter of the Club of Rome. Work focus: Ecological Economics, Scenarios for sustainable economies and societies, Quality of Life Research.

Andrea Stocker

born in 1972, studied “Environmental System Sciences” and Economics at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz (Austria). In 2000 and 2001 she joined the Department of Economics of KFU Graz as research fellow. After that she was involved in several research projects for BMLFUW and OeNB Jubiläumsfonds.

She joined the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) in 2003 and specialises in the field of ecological economic modelling, input-output-analysis and policy integration. Her main research interests are sustainability indicators, scenario analysis, renewable energies and climate change. Know how in webdesign and content management systems.


Christina Buczko

born in 1975. Studied Sociology and Political Science at University of Vienna. Is working currently on her dissertation about resource conflicts in central-american Guatemala. From 2013 to 2016 she was a researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) focusing on international resource politics, global responsibility, international trade as well as environment and development.
Since 2017 she is director of the Academy for the Common Good.

Heinz Kopetz

graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Vienna and the Iowa State University, USA in economics (1966). After his studies he served as managing director of an agricultural agency in Austria. In the eighties he developed the concept of the farmer as energy producer and implemented financial and educational programs in this field. During this time he also founded the Austrian Biomass Association. During his professional career he was engaged in different positions related to energy, e.g. as member of the supervisory board of a public utility for electricity and district heating, as chairman of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) or as member of the advisory committee for Energy of the European Commission. He was president of the World Bioenergy Association, from 2012 to 2016. In 2013 he also served as chairman of RENAlliance, a network of the global industry associations of renewable technologies such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bioenergy.

Wolfgang Pekny

born in 1956 in Vienna, studied Chemistry and Biology. As an environmental expert, he can look back on 40 years of experience including as a Greenpeace campaign director, activist and leading positions in think tanks. He is well established in the national and international sustainability debate and recognized as an expert on the Ecological Footprint, Life Cycle Assessment and visions for a sustainable economy.
Since 2007 he is head of Plattform Footprint and founder of footprint-consult e.U., supporting communities and businesses on their way towards a more sustainable future.

Alexandra Wegscheider-Pichler

is Head of Unit ‘Analysis’ at Statistics Austria. She is responsible for cross-directorate analysis and relations with (inter)national institutions and cooperation with universities etc.. The main focus of her work concerns the “How’s Austria?” indicator set measuring progress and wealth in Austria, national indicators as part of the UN Agenda 2030 (SDGs) as well as analyses with linking of microdata on the issue of environmental justice.