PD Dr.


Michael Ornetzeder holds a postdoctoral lecturing qualification in science and technology studies. His main research interest is in the field of sustainable technological development.


Born in 1965, he grew up in Salzburg and studied sociology and geography at the University of Vienna (Diploma 1992). In his doctoral thesis he studied the historical development of solar energy technology in the US (PhD 1998). In 2010 he qualified as a university lecturer in science and technology studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.


From 1990 to 1997 Michael Ornetzeder was a member and a scientific project manager at the Centre of Appropriate Technology (GrAT) at the Technical University of Vienna. From 1998 to 2007 he worked as a project manager and head of department at the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna. Between 2004 and 2005 he was also a research fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg. Currently he is a lecturer at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Since 2007 he has been a research associate of the ITA in the field of technology and sustainability. In his work he focuses on sustainable technology development, sociology of technology and innovation, as well as participatory and constructive TA.



His list of publications includes numerous journal papers and book chapters, most recently with a thematic focus on sustainable energy technology and transition research.


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