University of Graz

/University of Graz
University of Graz 2017-05-26T11:46:55+00:00

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Participant contact
Alfred Posch

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here. With some 31,500 students and 4,000 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to higher education and research in Europe. The University of Graz fosters topical and methodological variety within an international cooperation network and builds its profile by determining research focuses under the consideration of socially relevant research questions.

Here, innovative interdisciplinary research and cooperation amongst the subjects are especially encouraged. ”Environment and Global Change” is one of the research core areas of the University of Graz. The focus of this research core area lies on the analysis of environmental change and its impacts, on the analysis of the role of human beings and the identification of transition paths towards sustainable development and innovation.

The Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (ISIS) studies transition, innovation, and adaptation processes within human-environment systems, with a focus on energy systems, organizations and regions. ISIS brings together scientists with large experience in inter- and trans-disciplinary research including empirical social research, dynamic system modeling, stakeholder analysis, and consensus processes. The group has large experience in this field, including several projects on regional and organizational energy systems, resources and waste, commons, and sustainability management and assessment.

Main tasks and responsibilities within TRIBE

The main contribution of the University of Graz will be within the WP3. Here, the main objective is to understand and outline the different user behaviour profiles towards energy efficiency, establishing conduct patterns and drivers for their evolution in a way ready to be incorporated to the game avatars, to determine a comprehensive map of user profiles covering the different behaviour patterns towards energy efficiency, to characterize the conduct trends of each identified profile, and to identify the driving factors for a change in a behaviour in which regards to energy efficiency.

Relevant network and experience in National and European projects

At the Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research, an outstanding research group on the transition on energy systems, especially towards a decentralized system of energy provision mainly based on renewable sources, has been established. This research group has succeeded to participate in several externally funded projects to contribute to international cutting edge research and to publish in high ranked journals. The main focus of the research lies on the behavior of stakeholders, including the public, contributing to a better understanding of social, psychological, and other determining factors behind behavioral patterns.