Magª. Dr. Elisabeth Unterfrauner

Bereich: Technik & Wissen

Funktionen am ZSI: Head of Unit / Board of Management



Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte:


responsible research and innovation (RRI)

participatory and multi-stakeholder approaches



Laufende und abgeschlossene Projekte:

Weitere Publikationen:


Unterfrauner E., Fabian C.M., Hemming G. & Garcia B. (2024). What’s in it for citizen scientists? An analysis of participant’s gains from a democratisation perspective. Open Res Europe 2024, 4:124 (

Unterfrauner, E. & Fabian, C.M. (2023). What does mathematics have to do with arts education? - An exploration of socio-economic conditions and needs for STEAM education. Paper presented at the Inclusion4Schools conference. Budapest. 

Piece, B., Kollmann, A., Sahakian, M., Debourdeau, A., Wolff, A. & Unterfrauner, E. (2023). Advances in Energy Citizenship Research in Europe: A critical discussion. Paper and panel session at SCORAI-ERSCP-WUR conference. Wageningen.

Feichtinger, J. & Unterfrauner, E. (2023). EC2: Energy Citizenship and Energy Communities for a Clean-Energy Transition. Paper presented at the Ecsite conference Malta. 

Unterfrauner, E., Feichtignger, J. & Schrammel, M. (2023). Grassroots movements for energy transition - energy citizens in action. Sessions in: Towards Low Carbon Energy Systems – STS Conf Graz (

Marschalek, i., Unterfrauner, E., Seebacher, L.M., Hofer, M. & Handler, K. (2023). Social labs as good practice for transdisciplinary engagement processes in research and innovation Research for All, 7: 1 DOI:

Unterfrauner, E., Feichtinger, J. & Schrammel, M. (2023). Is everyone an energy citizen? –  A co-constructive definition seeking beyond disciplinary boundaries. Paper presented at the International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), Rotterdam. Archive of Conference Papers:

Unterfrauner, E., Fabian, C.M., Yeomans, L., Voulgari, I., Sotiriou, M., Sotiropoulos, D., Cherouvis, S., Koulouris, P. & Bresciani, S. (2023)  STEAM context, concepts and conditions- Socio-economic context and relevant needs. Road-STEAMer project report.

Unterfrauner, E., Feichtinger, J. & Fuchs, D. (2023). Specification of needs, aspiration, and requirements from four regions. EC2 project report.

Marschalek, I., Seebacher, L.M., Unterfrauner, E., Handler, K. & Hofer, M. (2023). Social Labs in Public Engagement Processes for RRI. In: Blok, V. (eds) Putting Responsible Research and Innovation into Practice. Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy, vol 40. Springer, Cham.

Marschalek,  ilse, Blok, V., Bernstein, M., Braun, R., Cohen, J., Hofer, M., Seebacher, L. M., Unterfrauner, E., Daimler, S., Nieminen, M., Vinther Christensen, M., & Kumar Thapa, R. (2022). The social lab as a method for experimental engagement in participatory research. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1–24.

Unterfrauner, E. & Fabian, M.C. (2022). Impact assessment- Final report. Reinforce project report.

Feichtinger, J., Unterfrauner, E., Hamann, K., Hofer, A., Rozwadowska, M., Held, J., & Gutschi, C. (2022). From top-down to bottom-up: the notion of Energy citizenship. Paper presented at the Austrian STS -Sience, Technology and Socitey conference Graz. 

Unterfrauner, E. & Fabian, C.M. (2022). D9.3 - Progress report. Reinforce project report.

Chaniotakis, E., Sotiriou, S., Koslowsky, J., Fabian, C.M., Unterfrauner,E., Tschank, J., García, B. & Diaz-Merced, W. (2021). D2.1 - Citizen engagement plan (Version 2). Reinforce project report.

Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C. & Hofer, M. (2021). The effect of maker and entrepreneurial education on self-efficacy and creativity. Entrep Educ .

Marschalek, i, Unterfrauner, E, Focke-Bakker, E. & Cohen, J. (2021). Social Labs as Transformative Approach to Implement Responsible Research and Innovation. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST), virtual
Retrieved from the PCST Archive of Conference Papers:

Unterfrauner E., Fabian C.M., Casado J., de la Vega G., Garcia B. & Díaz-Merced W. (2021) Citizen Science for All?. In: Antona M., Stephanidis C. (eds) Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Design Methods and User Experience. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12768. Springer, Cham.

Unterfrauner, E., Fabian, C.M., Tschank, J. & Kieslinger, B. (2021). D1.2 - Ethics handbook and data management plan. Reinforce project report.

Marschalek,i.& Unterfrauner, E. (2021). Social labs as transformative approach to implement Responsible Research and Innovation. Presentation and roundtable at the Public Communication of Science and Technology Virtual Conference 2020+1 (PCST).

Eckhardt, J., Kaletka, C., Pelka, B., Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., & Zirngiebl, M. (2020). Gender in the Making: An empirical approach to understand gender relations in the maker movement. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 102548.

Unterfrauner, E., & Fabian, C.M. (2020). D9.2 Instrument and User Guide. Reinforce project report.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M. & Voigt, C. (2020). Evaluation results roll-out results, Deliverable 6.3 of the Horizon 2020 project DOIT, EC grant agreement no 770063, Vienna, Austria: Centre for Social Innovation.

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E. & Hofer, M. (2020). Entrepreneurial Education Based on  Physical Computing and Game Development. EC-TEL 2020.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M. & Voigt, C. (2020). Maker Education and their Effect on Creativity and Self-efficacy. Glasgow: Educational Research (Re)connecting Communities (ECER).

Handler, K., Hofer, M., Marschalek, i., Schrammel, M., Seebacher, L., & Unterfrauner, E. (2020). Self-Reflection Tool. Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation. Vienna: Centre for Social Innovation.

Unterfrauner, E., Fabian, C.M. & Tschank, J. (2020). D9.1 Impact Assessment Design. Reinforce project deliverable.

Hollauf, E., Hornung-Prähauser, V., Geser, G., Podmetina, D. & Unterfrauner, E. (2020). Making Young Social Innovators - Novel Innovation Education For Youth In Makerspaces. In: Proceedings of the ISPIM Innovation Conference - Innovating in Times of Crisis, 7-10 June 2020, online: The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), p. 1-15. Event Proceedings: LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications: ISBN 978-952-335-466-1

Schiffbänker, H., Frankus, E., Grimpe, B., Karner, S. Lang, M., Marschalek, i., Unterfrauner, E. & Wicher, M. (2020). RRI im Forschungsfeld Betreuung – Praxisbeispiel und Lernerfahrungen. Forschungsbericht der RRI-Plattform.

Griessler, E., Grimpe, B., Karner, S., Lang, M., Marschalek, i, Polt, W., Reidl, S., Schiffbänker, H., Unterfrauner, E. & Wicher, M. (2020). Policy Brief
Responsible Research and Innovation in Österreich. Veröffentlichung der RRI Plattform.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M., Pelka, B. & Zirngiebl, M (2020). A New Player for Tackling Inequalities? Framing the Social Value and
Impact of the Maker Movement. Social Inclusion, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 190–200.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M. & Voigt, C. (2019). Evaluation results phase 2, Deliverable 6.9 of the Horizon 2020 project DOIT, EC grant agreement no 770063, Vienna, Austria: Centre for Social Innovation.

Marschalek, i., Handler, K., Hofer, M., Schrammel, M. & Unterfrauner, E. (2019) . Responsible Research and innovation (RRI) – a critical reflection towards evaluation standards.In Carayannis, E.G.: Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. New York: Springer. Available at:

Unterfrauner, E., Marschalek, i., Schrammel, M. & Seebacher, L. (2019). Social Labs to promote the uptake of RRI – experiences from the NewHoRRIzon project. Presentation at the Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference.

Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., & Hofer, M. (2019). Participative evaluation with children in educational maker projects - Experiences from a pilot action. Presentation at the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies, In  Cech, F. & Tellioğlu, H. (Eds.). Conference Proceedings p. 194-198.

Marschalek, i., Unterfrauner, E, Seebacher, L.M. (2019). Integrating RRI on an institutional level -experiences from NewHoRRIzon pilot actions. Presentation at the 18th STS conference Graz- critical issues in Science, Technologies and Society Studies.

Unterfrauner, E., Shao, J., Hofer, M. & Fabian, C.M. (2019). The environmental value and impact of the Maker movement - Insights from a cross-case analysis of European maker initiatives. Business Strategy and the Environment. p.1-16.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M., Voigt, C. & Mair, S. (2019). Evaluation results phase 1, Deliverable 6.2 of the Horizon 2020 project DOIT, EC grant agreement no 770063, Vienna, Austria: Centre for Social Innovation.

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E., Aslan, T. & Hofer, M. (2019). Design Thinking with Children: The Role of Empathy, Creativity and Self-Efficacy. Presentation at the FabLearn Flagship Conference New York. /users/141/attach/A_new_player.pdf

Voigt, C., Mair, S. & Unterfrauner, E. (2018). Hacking the knowledge of maker communities in support of 21st century education. Presentation at the Internet Science Conference INSCI 2019.

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E., Mair, S. & Hofer, M. (2018). Evaluation plan and material, Deliverable 6.1 of the Horizon 2020 project DOIT, EC
grant agreement no 770063, Vienna, Austria: Zentrum für Soziale Innovation.

Millard, J, Sorivelle, M.N., Deljanin, S., Unterfrauner, E. & Voigt, C. (2018). Is the maker movement contribtuing to sustainability? Sustainability - Open Access Journal (Special Issue: Information and Communication Technologies (ICS) for Sustainability). Available at:

Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., & Schön, S. (2018). Towards a model of early entrepreneurial education: appreciation, facilitation and evaluation. In T. Di Mascio, P. Vittorini, R. Gennari, F. De la Prieta, S. Rodríguez, M. Temperini, … L. Lancia (Eds.), Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning, 8th International Conference (pp. 139–146). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Millard, J., Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., Katsikis, O. K., & Sorivelle, M. N. (2017). The maker movement in Europe: empirical and practitioner insights. Presented at the ICT4S, Toronto.

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E., & Stelzer, R. (2017). Diversity in FabLabs: Culture, Role Models and the Gendering of Making. In I. Kompatsiaris, J. Cave, A. Satsiou, C. Georg, A. Passani, E. Kontopoulos, D. McMillan (Eds.) (pp. 52–68). Presented at the 4th International Conference, INSCI, Thessaloniki: Springer.

Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., Schrammel, M. & Menichinelli, M. (2017). The Maker Movement and the Disruption of the Producer-Consumer Relation. Presented at the 4th International Conference, INSCI, Thessaloniki: Springer.

Unterfrauner, E., Hofer, M., Schrammel, M. & Fabian, C.M. (2017). The environmental vaule of the Maker movement. Skiathos: ERSCP conference (presentation).

Unterfrauner, E., Schrammel, M., Hofer, M., Fabian, C.M., Voigt, C., Deljanin, S.R., Sorivelle, M.N., Devoldere, B. & Haga, H. (2017). Final case study report focusing on cross-case analysis. MAKE-IT project report. Available at:

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E. &  Kieslinger,B. (2017). Report on case study findings, focusing on individual case analysis. MAKE-IT project report. Available at:

Marschalek, I., Schrammel, M., Unterfrauner, E. & Hofer, M. (2017). Interactive reflection trainings on RRI for multiple stakeholder groups. Journal of Responsible Innovation. p. 1-17.

Unterfrauner, E. & Voigt, C. (2017). Makers' ambitions to do socially valuable things. Rome: Design for the next. EAD 12. (presentation)

Unterfrauner, E., & Voigt, C. (2017). Makers' ambitions to do socially valuable things. The Design Journal, 20(sup1), S3317-S3325. https://doi.or/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352835

Schrammel, M., Marschalek, i., Unterfrauner, E. & Hofer, M. (2016). Self-Reflection Tool. Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation. Vienna: Centre for Social Innovation.

Schrammel, M., Hofer, M., Unterfrauner, E., Marschalek, I., Voigt, C., Schuch, K. & Siller, C. (2016). D5.4 - Proof of concept self-reflection tool. RRI tools project report. Available at:

Griessler, E., Hafellner, S., Hofer, M. ,Schiffbaenker, H., Schrammel, M. & Unterfrauner, E. (accepted)..How to foster the RRI concept in the Austrian context. Journal of Responsible Innovation.

Unterfrauner, E., Marschalek, I., Hofer, M. & Schrammel, M. (2016). Measuring RRI - a Shift of Perspective on Evaluation?. Vienna: Open Evaluation conference (presentation).

Schrammel, M., Hofer, M., Marschalek, I., Unterfrauner, E., Voigt, C., Schuch, K. & Siller, C. (2016). D5.3 Validation report on the RRI Toolkit. RRI tools project report. Available at:

Marschalek, i., Schrammel, M. & Unterfrauner, E. (2016). Tools to support the implementation of RRI. 2016. 8th annual S.Net meeting. Bergen: University of Bergen (presentation).

Unterfrauner, E., Schrammel, M. & Hofer, M. (2016). Reflecting on Responsible Research and Innovation. Dublin: 7th Living Knowledge Conference.

Unterfrauner, E., Schrammel, M. & Hofer, M. (2016). RRI in practice – what do I need to know on RRI and how can I implement it?. Presented at STS conference. Graz: University of Klagenfurt.

Kieslinger, B., Unterfrauner, E. & Tilanus, P. (2016). Handbook including Quality and RRI guidelines (MAKE-IT report). Available at:

Hofer, M., Unterfrauer, E., Marschalek, I. & Schrammel, M. (2015). Responsible research and innovation – quality criteria and evaluation standards. Vienna: SI-Drive conference.

Gächter, A., Manahl, C., Tschank, J & Unterfrauner, E. (2014). "Im Fordergrund lernen". (Basis)Bildung als antidiskriminatorische Praxis der Selbstermächtigung. Endbericht der wissenschaftlichen Begleitung. Wien: Zentrum für Soziale Innovation. Available at:

Voigt, C. & Unterfrauner, E. (2013). Report on socio-economic developments most relevant to emerging new learning paradigm. (Tel-Map project report). Available at:

Passani, A., Nicolai, A., Bellini, F., Satolli, L., Unterfrauner, E., Mandak, B., Simon, J. & Voigt, C. (2012). Research Policy Recommendations – White Paper. (Erina+ project report).

Cooper, A., Voigt, C. Unterfrauner, E., Kravcik, M., Pawlowski, J. & Pirkkalainen, H. (2011). Report on Weak Signals Collection. (Tel-Map project report). Available at:

Unterfrauner, E. (2011). Mobile Learning Based Intervention - A Case Study Among Marginalised Young People. eleed e-learning & education, (7). Available at:

Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E. & Kieslinger, B. (2011). Identifying Weak Signals in  Expert Discussions of  Technology Enhanced Learning. eChallenges e-2011 Conference. Florence: October 2011.

Unterfrauner, E. (2011). Mobile Learning Based Intervention - A Case Study Among Marginalised Young People. Klagenfurt: Universität Klagenfurt (Dissertation).

Teilnahme an folgenden Veranstaltungen:

Ausbildung und beruflicher Werdegang:

Since 2021 head of unit 'Technology & Knowledge'

Since 2016 member of ZSI Ethics Commitee

Since 2007 social scientist and project manager at Centre for Social Innovation

2022/23 lecturer at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

2004-2013 lecturer at the faculty for psychology (Vienna University)

2009-2011 member of Advisory Board at Centre for Social Innovation

2008-2011 Doctoral Studies at "Lifelong learning Kolleg", summa cum laude; title of dissertation: "Mobile Learning Based Intervention - A Case Study Among Marginalised Young People"

2005-2008 Postgradual degree in Clinical and Health Psychology, entry in the list of Clinical and Health Psychology by the Federal Ministry of Health on 12/02/2009

2005-2007 Case Manager at Berufsdiagnostik Austria (BDA) - Berufsbildungsrehabilitationszentrums (BBRZ)

2005-2006 Member of project team "Lifelong learning" funded by the university fund of chamber of commerce

2005 Certificate "DIN 33430 für Eignungsbeurteilung"

2004-2007 Research projects with Dr. Sindelar: Evaluation of trainings and psychometrical assessment

2004-2005 Psychologist at Test- und Beratungsstelle an der Fakultät für Psychologie

Psychology studies (2004) at Vienna University, summa cum laude: specialisation on learning psychology and psychological assessment.