Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1988
    Technician, Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, section for environmental analysis

  • 1991
    Mag. phil., University of Vienna

  • 1998
    Dr. phil., University of Vienna

  • 2000 – 2003
    Hertha Firnberg Young Scientist, Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

  • 2003 – 2006
    APART Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences

  • Since 2007
    Professor of environmental history at the Institute of Social Ecology in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt in Vienna

  • Since 2010
    Dean of the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

Selected publications

  • Winiwarter, V., Knoll, M.: Umweltgeschichte. Eine Einführung. UTB Böhlau, Cologne, Weimar, Vienna 2007.

  • McNeill, J., Winiwarter, V.: Breaking the Sod. Humankind, History and Soil. In: Science 304, 2004. pp. 1627-1629.

  • Winiwarter, V.: Haereticus scripsit hunc librum. Die landwirtschaftliche Bibliothek des Benediktinerstifts Melk und ihre Leser. In: MIÖG – Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 117, 2009. pp. 225-244.

  • Winiwarter, V.: Von der gemessenen zur gesellschaftlich bedeutenden Wissenschaft. Eine Utopie. In: Ehalt, H.C., Hopf, W., Liessmann, K.P. (eds.): Kritik und Utopie. Positionen und Perspektiven. Lit-Verlag, Vienna, Berlin 2009. pp. 438-441.

  • Winiwarter, V., Blum, W.E.H.: From Marl to Rock Powder. On the History of Soil Fertility Management by Rock Materials. In: Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 171(3), 2008. pp. 316-324.

  • Winiwarter, V., Schmid, M. (eds.): Umwelt Donau: Eine andere Geschichte. Catalogue to the exhibition of the Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv (Archive of the State of Lower Austria) with the former presbytery in Ardagger Markt 5th May – 7th November 2010, Niederösterreichisches Landesarchiv, St. Pölten, 2010.

  • McNeill, J.R., Winiwarter V. (eds.): Soils and Societies. Perspectives from Environmental History. The White Horse Press, Strond 2006.

  • Sieferle, R.P. et al.: Das Ende der Fläche: Zum gesellschaftlichen Stoffwechsel der Industrialisierung. In particular, chapter 3: Fallstudien zur Landwirtschaft am Vorabend der Industrialisierung. (= Winiwarter, V., Grewe, B. (eds.): Umwelthistorische Studien 2). Böhlau, Cologne 2006.

  • Winiwarter, V.: Zwischen Himmel und Erde. Umwelthistorische Aspekte landwirtschaftlicher Kalender. In: Niederkorn, M., Hameter, W., Scheutz, M. (eds.): Ideologisierte Zeit. Kalender und Zeitvorstellungen im Abendland von der Antike bis zur Neuzeit (= Querschnitte 17). Studienverlag, Innsbruck, Vienna, Munich, Bozen 2005. pp. 276-294.

  • Winiwarter, V.: Veränderungen von Böden durch menschliche Eingriffe. In: Horn, R. et al. (eds.): Handbuch der Bodenkunde. Loseblattwerk in 3 Ordnern. ecomed, Heidelberg, Munich, Berlin 2006. Ch. 1.2.1, p. 1.

  • Winiwarter, V.: Prähistorischer Umgang mit den Böden. In: Horn, R. et al. (eds.): Handbuch der Bodenkunde. Loseblattwerk in 3 Ordnern. ecomed, Heidelberg, Munich, Berlin 2006. Ch. 1.2.2, pp. 1-6.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project: Environmental History of the Viennese Danube 1500-1890, since 2010

  • The Danube Environment. An alternate history. Curator of the part of the exhibition about Lower Austria, "Danube. Curse and blessing" in Ardagger, May 2010 – October 2010

  • APART Fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences to the Institute of Soil Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and also at the IFF – Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, section for cultural and scientific analysis, 2003-2006

  • Hertha Firnberg – Project, Austrian Science Fund (FWF) / Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research (bm:wv): "Environment and history. Towards an understanding of man's relation to nature". Duration of the project: 2000-2003. Co-applicant: Adjunct Prof. Harald Wilfing, Anthropology Department at the University of Vienna

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), since 7/2011

  • Corresponding member of the philosophical-historical section of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 5/2010

  • Chief editor of GAIA, since 12/2008

  • Member of the editorial board: Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, since 1/2007

  • Member of the commission on interdisciplinary ecological studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 10/2006

Additional qualifications

  • Engineer in technical chemistry


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary exchange


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