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The Vienna Institute for Urban Sustainability – Oikodrom is a private research institute founded  in 1994. It generates future images and strategies for human settlements in countries all over the world – from Europe through China to the Mediterranean Islamic countries – based on a concept of strong sustainability.

OIKODROM's participation in NOPOOR

The Oikodrom research tasks in Nopoor consist of leading the dissemination processe of research results, in particular  transfering knowledge to national and international policymakers and the media.


Oikodrom key staff members

DumreicherHeidi Dumreicher, founder and director, linguist and pioneer in integrated sustainability research and urban theory, specialised in participatory procedures for scenario-building. Specific skills in “translating” scientific results for non-scientific audiences (30 years of experience in radio, TV and print journalism, presentations of scientific results to policy makers in Austria, China, Romania, Syria,…). She is amongst others of the Aalborg Charta for European Cities and Towns towards Sustainability and Founding Member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Foundation Anna Lindh. 

Bettina Kolb, sociologist, lecturer at the Institute for Sociology, Vienna University, specialist on visual sociology and sociology of health, experienced field researcher in various cultural/language settings (from working with marginalised migrants in Vienna to Chinese village dwellers). 

Ina Ivanceanu, Project Manager, social scientist (development studies, African studies), participatory and documentary film making, transdisciplinary communication. 

Bettina Prokop, social anthropologist and junior researcher, knowledgeable in development issues and in the approach of agency, social inclusion, migration.

Michaela Moser, a renowned philosopher teaching approaches to poverty/new definitions of poverty at the Vienna economic university; she is working on qualitative criteria for «well-being" as opposed to a merely monetary understanding of wellbeing resp. poverty. At the same time she is a PR expert on poverty issues, especially targeting policy makers on different levels. 

Richard S. Levine, urban designer and director of the Center for Sustainable Cities (US), a pioneer in sustainable urban planning and sustainable city development both on a theoretical and empiricallevel.


    Relevant references

Dumreicher H. & Kolb B., 2010, «Spaces of Belonging and Co-ownership in Euromed Intercultural Trends 2010», The Anna Lindh Report, pp 79-81; Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation, Alexandria, Egypt.

Dumreicher H. & Kolb B., 2010, «Sieben Thesen zu Dorf und Stadt: Bemerkungen zur urbanen Nachhaltigkeit in Antje Havemann, Klaus Selle (Hrsg.): Plätze, Parks & Co. Stadträume im Wandel – Analysen, Positionen und Konzepte, Rohn, Edition Stadtentwicklung, Seite 329-347.

Dumreicher H. & Prändl-Zika V., (eds.), 2008, «Chinese Villages and their Sustainable Future», Special Issue, Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier, Oxford.

Lorenz L. & Kolb B., 2009, «Involving the Public through Participatory Visual Research Methods», In Tritter J. and Lutfey. K. Bridging divides: patient and public involvement on both sides of the Atlantic, Special Issues: Health Expectations, pp262-274, Oxford: Blackwell: doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2009.00560.x