Petra Wächter

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The focus of Petra Wächter's research is on technology assessment from the perspective of ecological economics.


She started her studies in economics at the University of Vienna in 1995 and took additional courses in political science, sociology and psychology. During her studies, she also studied at the University of Alicante, the University Complutense de Madrid and at the Spanish research institute FEDEA. In 2003, she finished her studies with a master's thesis on Economic explanations of fertility and female occupation in a comparison between Austria and Spain. In march 2014 she passed with honors her doctoral studies at the Vienna University of Economics and Business with the title: Future Energy Use in Austria: Contributions about the Transformation to a Sustainable Energy System.


Petra Wächter worked as a researcher at the Institute of Regional and Environmental Economics at the Business University of Vienna from 2004 to 2009 where she was involved in various projects including an introduction on ecological economics, sustainable urban economics and sustainable energy economics. She has been working as a researcher at the ITA since 2009, focussing on sustainability, energy systems and other relevant research questions in the field of technology assessment and ecological economics.

Selected Publications

She publishes on the scenarios of sustainable spatial organisation of the Austrian energy system [full text], on the influence of spatial planning on degrowth and on the technical and economical potentials of CO2 reduction measures. In the future, she is planning to publish in the field of TA and ecological economics.

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