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

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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.





Otto Bodi-Fernandez

Mag. Otto Bodi-Fernandez

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Data management & data archiving
Graz, T +43 316 380 7083
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

Data archiving & data access

Wien, 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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Full service & persistent identifiers
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

Wien, T +43 1 4277 15323

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.



Dimitri Prandner

Mag. Dimitri Prandner

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Data management & data archiving
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.



Annika Schwabe

Communication & data archiving
Wien, T +43 1 4277 15325

Annika studied Psychology and International Development Studies at the University of Vienna. Before joining AUSSDA, she worked as a student research assistant at the Department of Psychological Research Methods, where she taught statistics. Her research interests are quantitative research methods, open science, and media’s impact on society. Additionally, she has a strong interest in animal rights, environmental policy, and intersectional feminism.