Short CV/Education and training

  • Simone Gingrich holds a PhD in Social Ecology and an M.Sc. in Ecology. She is senior researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, and member of the Center for Environmental History (ZUG), Vienna. She studies changing sustainability challenges during industrialization, with a particular focus on land and energy use. Her work is inspired by the idea that today’s sustainability problems can only be adequately tackled if understood in their historical context.

Selected publications

  • Gingrich S., & Krausmann F. (2018) At the core of the socio-ecological transition: Agroecosystem energy fluxes in Austria 1830–2010. Science of The Total Environment 645, 119–129. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.074

  • Gingrich S., Marco I., Aguilera E., Padró R., Cattaneo C, Cunfer G, Guzmán G, MacFadyen J, & Watson A. (2018) Agroecosystem energy transitions in the old and new worlds: trajectories and determinants at the regional scale. Regional Environmental Change, 18, 1089–1101. doi: 10.1007/s10113-017-1261-y

  • Gingrich S., Niedertscheider M., Kastner T., Haberl H., Cosor G., Krausmann F., Kuemmerle T., Müller D., Reith-Musel A., Jepsen M.R., Vadineanu A., & Erb K.-H. (2015) Exploring long-term trends in land use change and aboveground human appropriation of net primary production in nine European countries. Land Use Policy, 47, 426–438. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.04.027

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2018- HEFT – Hidden Emissions of Forest Transitions: GHG effects of socio-metabolic processes reducing pressures on forests (ERC Starting Grant 757995)

  • 2017- ILLAS – Integrating Land use Legacies in Landslide Risk Assessment to support Spatial Planning (Austrian Climate Research Panel); Co-PI

  • 2012-2017 SFS – Sustainable Farm Systems (Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant 895-2011-1020)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • 2018- Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Young Academy)

Media coverage


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children *2011


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