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.
Her publicaton list encompasses numerous articles on participation and autonomous ageing.
New book "DiaLogbuch Altern" published in June 2016!