Ulrike Bechtold



Ulrike Bechtold holds a masters degree and a PhD in Human Ecology. In 2007, she joined the ITA where she is currently working in the area of sustainability and technology. The main topics of her work embrace ambient and active assisted living (AAL), participatory approaches and climate technologies. Central to her methodology are the development of sustainability options, requirements for sustainability processes, and participatory approaches to investigate the crossroads between man, nature and technology.


Bechtold studied biology and anthropology with a special focus on human ecology at the University of Vienna and at the Freije Universiteit of Brussels (Belgium). Her thesis focused on the evaluation of an Austrian DA-Project dealing with sustainable freshwater use in Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala. In 2007 she completed her PhD which was about societal transitions towards sustainability in a peruvian village. In addition, she is a certified mediator.


From 2003 to 2007 Bechtold was a PhD research assistant for the Human Ecology working group of the University of Vienna, with special attention on transition studies, societal transition and local sustainability. Bechtold teaches Human Ecology at the University of Vienna (since 2004) and at the MODUL University, Vienna (since 2010). 

Further experience: In 2012 worked with Innova, SPA in Rome in the course of the Marie Curie project Value Ageing. From 10/2015 to 3/2016 Bechtold was working for the Danish Board of Technology (DBT) on a citizen consultation for the Human Brain Project. At the same time she worked for Innovendo in Vienna.


TA Projects

TA Projects

Dec 2019 - Nov 2021
May 2018 - Jul 2019
Sep 2017 - Aug 2020
Oct 2014 - Jul 2016

Selected Publications

Her publicaton list encompasses numerous articles on participation and autonomous ageing.

New book "DiaLogbuch Altern" published in June 2016!

Refereed Contributions

Refereed Contributions

  • Bechtold, U., & Capari, L. (2020). Paternalistic Rather than Assistive? Concepts and Social Attributions of Older Adults Represented in Active Assisted Living Technology Project Descriptions. Gerontechnology 2019, 18, 193-207. doi:10.4017/gt.2019.
  • Gudowsky, N., Bechtold Ulrike,, Capari Leo,, & Sotoudeh Mahshid,. (2019). Wrinkles and Smiles — What is Good Aging? A Technology Assessment Perspective. Obm Geriatrics, 3, 26. doi:10.21926/obm.geriatr.1902058
  • Belviso, C., Hasenauer, R., & Bechtold, U. (2018). Socially Assistive Robots Diffusion in Elderly Care: A Pre-Adoption Study Through Agent-Based Modeling. Journal Of Strategic Innovation And Sustainability, 13, 58-75.
  • Gudowsky, N., Sotoudeh, M., Bechtold, U., & Peissl, W. (2017). Contributing to an European imaginary of democratic education by engaging multiple actors in shaping responsible research agendas. Special Issue 'Participatory Methods for Information Society'. Public Philosophy & Democratic Education, 5, 29-50. doi:10.14746/fped.2016.5.2.20
  • Bechtold, U., Fuchs, D., & Gudowsky, N. (2017). Introduction: Imagining socio-technical futures – challenges and opportunities for technology assessment. Journal Of Responsible Innovation, 4, 85-99. doi:10.1080/23299460.2017.1364617
  • Bechtold, U., Capari, L., & Gudowsky, N. (2017). Futures of ageing and technology – comparing different actors’ prospective views. Journal Of Responsible Innovation, 4, 157-176. doi:10.1080/23299460.2017.1360721
  • Gänsbauer, A., Bechtold, U., & Wilfing, H. (2016). SoFISHticated policy-social perspectives on the fish conflict in the Northeast Atlantic. Marine Policy, 93-103.
  • Gudowsky, N., & Bechtold, U. (2013). The Role of Information in Public Participation. Journal Of Public Deliberation, 9, Art. 3. Retrieved from http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol9/iss1/art3
  • Bechtold, U., & Sotoudeh, M. (2013). Assistive technologies: Their development from a technology assessment perspective. Gerontechnology, 11, 521-533. doi:10.4017/gt.2013.
  • Gudowsky, N., Peissl, W., Sotoudeh, M., & Bechtold, U. (2012). Forward-looking activities: incorporating citizens´ visions. Poiesis & Praxis. doi:10.1007/s10202-012-0121-6
  • Kastenhofer, K., Bechtold, U., & Wilfing, H. (2011). Sustaining sustainability science: The role of established inter-disciplines. Ecological Economics, 70/4, 835-843. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800910005033
  • Bechtold, U., & Sotoudeh, M. (2008). Participative Approaches for “Technology and Autonomous Living”. In K. Miesenberger (Ed.), ICCHP 2008, Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS 5105 (pp. 78-81). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
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Articles/Book contributions

Articles/Book contributions

  • Allhutter, D., Bechtold, U., Gaszó, A., Gudowsky, N., Pavlicek, A., Sinozic, T., Sotoudeh, M., Strauss, S., & Torgersen, H. (2019). Mission Control?. Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie Und Praxis, 79-80. Retrieved from https://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/issue/view/96/99
  • Bechtold, U. (2019). Technologies in care for older people. In Swedish Parliament/ERS (Ed.), EPTA report 2019 (pp. 18-24). Stockholm. Retrieved from https://eptanetwork.org/images/documents/minutes/EPTA_report_2019.pdf