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Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria

Ass. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Fischer


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 it encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe. The scientific team is from the Institute of Geography and Regional Sci-ences (Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education). Focus of the research group involved in this application is the utilisation of cultural potentials and identities in regional development.


Scientific team

Ass. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Fischer (M) Staff member at the University Graz since 1990. From 2004 and 2006 also research position at Joanneum Research in Graz. Senior lecturer at the University Graz on sustainable urban and regional development.


Education: Studies of Geography at University of Graz at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (Mag. phil.). In 2001 he finished his doctoral study in Geography (Dr. rer. nat., PhD)

Expertise: Sustainable and regional development, brownfields and abandoned sites, cultural heritage and tourism.


Dipl.-Geogr. Joern Harfst (M)


Education: Diploma studies in Geography at the Universities of Hamburg (Germany) and Southampton (UK). PhD studies at the Leibniz-University Hannover.


Expertise: Research associate at the University Graz since 2012. Main tasks are project management and research duties. Research interests are regional development, governance and European cohesion.


Other staff: 1 M.A. student

Participation in European/FP and other related projects


ReSOURCE (CE INTERREG, 2009-2012); SHIFT-X (CE INTERREG, 2012-2014); InduCULT2.0 (CE INTER-REG, 2016-2019)

Main tasks and interest in this project

  • Contributions to all WPs

  • In charge for the Austrian case study

Case Study 8: Styrian Iron Route (Austria). This focuses on the industrial archeology of a distinc-tive region of Austria, which has been de-industrialised but also contains some distinctive sub-alpine landscapes. The case study would focus on a route linking different historic sites.

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