Former Team Members

Dr. Ines Omann

Research interests

My research centres around the themes of sustainability transitions, quality of life research, scenario development, trandisciplinary research and sustainability in general. In addition I am working as moderator and facilitator in public participation processes and workshops around the above mentioned themes, based on the "art of hosting".

Curriculum Vitae

since 5/2014

Senior researcher at the Helmholtz Research Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig 

2004 - 2014

Senior researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna; since autumn 2004 one of eight partners of the company. Head of the group ‘sustainable strategies and quality of life’

10/2002 - 04/2003

Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the Karl-Franzens University Graz

01 - 09/2002,
05/2003 - 02/2004

Scholarship holder of a doctoral scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Science  

12/1999 - 07/2001

Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the Karl-Franzens University Graz

11/2000 - 05/2004

Independent Research fellow at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute 

02 - 12/1999 

Research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute, Division for Material Flows and Structural Change

03/1998 - 06/2003

Lector at the Department of Economics at the Karl-Franzens University Graz

02/1998 - 01/1999

Research fellow at the Joanneum Research GmbH, Institute for Technology and Regional Policy, Graz, Austria

03/1998 - 02/2004 

Doctoral studies in Ecological Economics at the Karl-Franzens University Graz (6 months at the University of Leeds, UK); doctorate in Economics with distinction

1990 - 1997

Master studies of Environmental Systems Sciences and Economics at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria; Masters degree in Economics with distinction

Teaching Experiences

Since 1997 I am teaching courses in sustainable development, ecological economics, environmental economics, multi-criteria analysis, participatory methods, quality of life research, integrated sustainability assessment, sustainability transition on different universities, such as University of Graz, University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna, University of Vienna, University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna, University of Luxembourg, UAB Barcelona.


Journal articles (selection)

Spangenberg, J.H., Omann, I., Hinterberger, F. (2002). Sustainable growth criteria minimum benchmarks and scenarios for employment and the environment. In: Ecological Economics, 42(3), 429-443.

Bockermann, A., Meyer, B., Omann, I., Spangenberg, J.H. (2005). Modelling sustainability. Comparing an econometric (PANTA RHEI) and a systems dynamics model (SuE). In: Journal of Policy Modelling, 27(2), 189-210.

Bohunovsky, L., Madlener, R., Omann, I., Bruckner, M., Stagl, S. (2007). Lokale Energiesysteme der Zukunft. Integrierte Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung von lokalen Energieszenarien. In: Ökologisch Wirtschaften, 2/2007, 47-50.

Kowalski, K., Stagl, S., Madlener, R., Omann, I. (2009). Sustainable energy futures: Methodological challenges in combining scenarios and participatory multi-criteria analysis. In: European Journal of Operational Research 197(3), 1063-1074.

Rauschmayer, F., Berghöfer, A., Omann, I., Zikos, D. (2009). Examining Processes or/and Outcomes? Evaluation Concepts in European Governance of Natural Resources. In: Environmental Policy and Governance. 19(3), 159-173.

Omann, I., Stocker, A., Jaeger, J. (2009). Climate change as a threat to biodiversity: An application of the DPSIR approach. In: Ecological Economics. 69(1), 24-31.

Stocker, A., Omann, I., Jäger, J. (2012). The socio-economic modelling of the ALARM scenarios with GINFORS – results and analysis for selected European countries. In: Global Ecology and Biogeography 21(1), 36-49.

Bohunovsky, L., Omann, I., Jäger, J. (2011). Participatory scenario development for integrated sustainability assessment. Regional Environmental Change 11(2), 271-284.

Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. (2012). Transition to Sustainability: Not Only Big, But Deep. GAIA 21/4, 266-268.

Wittmayer, J.M., Schäpke, N., van Steenbergen, F., Omann, I. (2014). Making sense of sustainability transitions locally. How action research contributes to addressing societal challenges. In: Critical Policy Studies. Online first. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2014.957336

Jäger, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Harrison, P.A., Omann, I., Dunford, R., Kammerlander, M., Pataki, G. (2014). Assessing policy robustness of climate change adaptation measures across sectors and scenarios. In: Climatic Change.

Books and bookchapters

Bockermann, A., Meyer, B., Omann, I., Spangenberg, J.H. (2001). Modelling Sustainability – European and German Approaches. In: M. Matthies, H. Malchow & J. Kriz (eds.), Integrative Systems Approaches to Natural and Social Sciences - Systems Science 2000. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Kastenhofer, K., Omann, I., Stagl, S., Steininger, K. (2003). Science policy for transdisciplinary research. In: UNESCO (ed.). Knowledge for Sustainable Development: An Insight into the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Paris; London: Imprint (online version).

Jaeger, J.,Bohunovsky, L., Hinterberger, F., Giljum, S., Omann, I., Schnepf, D. (2007). Was verträgt unsere Erde noch? Wege in die Nachhaltigkeit. Fischer Verlag.

Hinterberger, F., Hutterer, H., Omann, I., Freytag, E. (eds.) (2009). Welches Wachstum ist nachhaltig? Ein Argumentarium. Wien: Mandelbaum Verlag.

Omann I, Rauschmayer F. (2011). Transition towards sustainable development: Which tensions emerge? How do deal with them? In: Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs, and Well-Being, Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. and Frühmann, J. (eds.). Routledge: London.

Rauschmayer F, Omann I, Frühmann J (eds). (2011). Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs, and Well-Being. Routledge: London.

Rauschmayer F, Omann I, Frühmann J. (2011). Needs, capabilities, and quality of life. Re-conceptualizing Sustainable Development. In: Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs, and Well-Being, Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. and Frühmann, J. (eds). Routledge: London.

Omann, I., Bohunovsky, L., Jäger, J. (2010). Partizipative Szenarienentwicklung als Teil integrierter Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung. In: Steurer, R. and Trattnigg, R. (eds). Nachhaltigkeit regieren. Oekom: München.

Omann, I., Hinterberger, F., Hutterer. H. (2012). Konsum und Lebensqualität im Lichte der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung. In: Büchele, H., Pelinka, A. (eds.). Qualitatives Wirtschaftswachstum – eine Herausforderung für die Welt. Innsbruck University Press. Forest Management.

Omann, I., Wesely, J. (2013). A Social Perspective on Adaptation in Forest Management. In: Lucas-Borja, M. E. (ed). Forest Management of Mediterranean Forests under the New Context of Climate Change: Building Alternatives for the Coming Future. At press.

Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. (2014). Well-being in Sustainability Transitions: Making Use of Needs. In: Müller, M.L., O'Brien, K. (eds). Sustainability and the Good Life. Studies in Environmental Humanities. Rodopi, Oslo.