Lars Kaczmirek

Dr. Lars Kaczmirek

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Lars specializes in survey methodology and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Mannheim. He is associate professor at the Australian National University (ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences) and adjunct assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research (ISR), Center for Political Studies (CPS). He is the editor and co-founder of the journal Survey Methods: Insights from the Field. In the past he was responsible for several large surveys of the general population. He has published extensively and is passionate about building tools that benefit science and society. At home he enjoys life with his wife and son following a lifestyle of “hygge” due to his Danish ancestors.



Julian Ausserhofer

Dr. Julian Ausserhofer

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Julian is AUSSDA's deputy head. He studied in Vienna, Berkeley, Graz and Oslo and completed his doctorate in communication science at the University of Vienna. Before joining AUSSDA he was a media spokesperson for the Austrian Ministry of Education. He has worked in research and teaching for nine years, among others for the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, and the Institute for Journalism and PR of the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz. Julian is passionate about free knowledge, open data and journalism.

Christian Bischof

Mag. Christian Bischof

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Finding data, data access & persistent identifiers
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15322

Christian studied sociology at the University of Vienna and was data analyst for the Vienna Institute for Social Science Documentation and Methodology (WISDOM). Since 2014, he’s been working as a freelance social scientist, specializing in the field of ageing, where he forecasts demand for long-term care services. His work focuses on data archiving, documentation methods and quantitative research methods.





Anita Bodlos

Data curator
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15172

Anita studied Political Science (MA) as well as Journalism and Communication Studies (BA) at the Unviersity of Vienna and currently writes a PhD thesis on political communication. She was part of the scientific staff of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) and at the Department of Government.

Otto Bodi-Fernandez

Mag. Otto Bodi-Fernandez

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Senior research associate
Graz, T +43 316 380 3545
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5840-6634

Otto studied sociology at the University of Graz and holds a Ph.D. in social and economic sciences. Due to his focus on empirical methods and data analysis, he was involved in various research projects from different disciplines. Recently, he worked at the University of Graz as an assistant at the Institute for Educational Science. His research interests are mainly social inequality, education and childhood research.



Iris Butzlaff

Dr. Iris Butzlaff

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Data curator

Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15324

Iris studied development economics at the University of Göttingen and the University of Chile. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Göttingen. She has worked for different international institutions, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and lately as consultant for the World Bank. Her primary research interests are in the fields of poverty reduction, social inequality and intergenerational mobility.

Veronika Heider

Veronika Heider, BA BA

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Data curator
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15321

During her German philology and political science studies, Veronika was part of the supply side and the demand side of AUTNES – The Austrian National Election Study at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna. Her fields of interest are living conditions on medieval castles but mainly electoral research and quantitative methods.



Lisa Hönegger

Lisa Hönegger, MA

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Project manager & data protection specialist
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15330

Lisa graduated in Political Science, Slavic Studies and Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna, Addis Ababa and Leipzig. Most recently, she worked for the Austrian Science Council in the field of higher education and research policy. In addition, she studies law at the JKU Linz and is interested in data protection and copyright law.



Stefan Kasberger

Ing. Stefan Kasberger

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Stefan is our DevOp - responsible for the Dataverse software and for technical aspects in general. He studied Environmental Systems Science in Graz, in which he focused on Social Geography and Computational Social Science. Besides this, he worked as a freelance data scientist, web-developer and trainer - e. g. for ContentMine, Wikimedia Austria and FH Joanneum Graz. He also volunteered the last few years at Open Knowledge Austria to support the free use of scientific knowledge. His big passion is to free up and share knowledge and to solve problems.

Andreas Loibl

System integration and administration

Andreas is the system administrator for AUSSDA's digital repository. He has not only spent decades in helping businesses with IT solutions in Austria as well as in the UK, but also has shared his knowledge in courses and workshops at the WIFI Wien. He has set up and maintains the "Vienna Data Center - academic" (, mainly hosting financial data and providing license-compliant access.

Dimitri Prandner

Mag. Dimitri Prandner

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Senior research associate
Linz, T +43 732 2468 7703
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8783-1848

Dimitri is a trained sociologist and communication scientist, who studied and works at the Universities of Linz and Salzburg. As soon as he found out that formulating and testing statistical models is not too different from playing with Lego, he decided to focus on quantitative survey methods. In 2016 he administered the Social Survey Austria as senior researcher. Today, his primary research interests are in the fields of political sociology, the comparative sociology of news and survey methodology.



Alexandra Schürz

Data archiving & acquisition

At AUSSDA, Alexandra works in the fields of data acquisition and data archiving. After several years of professional experience, she is currently pursuing a BA in Communication Science as well as a BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at the University of Salzburg.

Sabrina Zehetner

Acquisition & Communication
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15328

Sabrina’s work at AUSSDA focuses on data acquisition and communication. After stays abroad in Canada (University of Ottawa) and Brussels, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Science at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include journalism research (digital journalism), international peace and conflict research and communication psychology.