Lisa Hönegger

Lisa Hönegger, MA

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Acting Head of AUSSDA
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15330
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6530-7343

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.



Veronika Heider

Veronika Heider, BA BA

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Acting deputy head of AUSSDA
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15321
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8480-0029

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.



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 honorary 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 co-founder of the journal Survey Methods: Insights from the Field, where he also was the editor for several years. 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 sons following a lifestyle of “hygge” due to his Danish ancestors.



Christian Bischof

Mag. Christian Bischof

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Finding data, data access & persistent identifiers
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15322
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4373-2899

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

Anita Bodlos

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Data curator
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15172
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4217-2225

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 3544
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
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4099-8525

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.

Karin Faktor

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Administration and project coordination
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15329
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8825-1338

Karin studied art history at the Universities of Vienna and Innsbruck, worked as a freelance reviewer for many years before completing the university course Library and Information Studies in 2018. At AUSSDA she deals with the collection, reviewing and coordination of a polling institute's metadata, and takes care of administrative tasks. 

Julia Geistberger

Julia Geistberger

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Project assistance & organisation
Vienna, T +43 1 4277 15331
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7951-0692

Julia works as project assistant for AUSSDA and supports the creation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Before that, she studied International Development Studies and Journalism. She also works as a science journalist to communicate the fascination of science to a broad audience. Learning something new every day is what fascinates her about working in the field of science and journalism. Additionally, she is pursuing her studies in Political Science.

Manfred Herzog

Data Archiving
Graz T +43 316 380 7099

Manfred graduated in sociology (MA) and psychology (Mag.) in Graz. He has worked at the Office of International Relations at the University of Graz for several years and is now archiving data at the AUSSDA. His main scientific interests are quantitative social research, political sociology and social psychology.

Lorenz Makula

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Data archiving
Graz, T +43 316 380 3545
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9308-5282

At AUSSDA, Lorenz's work focuses on data archiving. After several years of professional experience, he now studies sociology (MA) at the University of Graz.

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.

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.