Univ. Prof. Dr. Josef Hochgerner (external Senior Strategic Advisor)

Section: Management including Cross-Project Activities

Function: Senior Strategy Adviser



Running and completed projects:

Work and research focus:

Main topics in research, teaching and practice: Innovation and specific features of social innovation; societal impact of science and technology; working, learning and living in the globalized knowledge society.


Other Publications:

Cf. attachment "Publikationen"

INVITATION to publish a ZSI Dissussion Paper based on presentations of contributors to the conference Social Innovation 2015.

If considering to follow the invitation please find here the Guidelines and procedures, and a Template to be used (word.doc) - or under "Attachments", below.

A cautious hint to utilise this possiblity of a low level (not peer reviewed) format of publishing:

  • You may use this discussion paper to develop and revise it perhaps to publish an improved version somewhere else.
  • (Just) in case we receive a sufficent number of quality papers we, organisers, think of possibly publish an antology

I will be supervisor and contact person of such publications.



Participation at events:

Education and career:

Education: Vocational training in aeronautical engineering, studies in sociology and economics in Vienna and Freiburg (DE), habilitation 1986.

Professional experience in research institutions, social partners‘ organisations, Austrian and European RTDI advisory boards and funding agencies, lecturing in adult education and at various Austrian universities and abroad (Germany, Greece, Russia, UK). Participation in EU Framework Programmes since 1991.

Founder and Scientific Director (1990-2014), now Senior Strategy Adviser of the Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Vienna: Initiator (2011) and Chairman of the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI). Professor (sociology), currently teaching at University of Vienna, Danube University Krems, IMC-University of Applied Sciences, and Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt (AT).

Among other professional functions, 2001-05 President of the Austrian Sociological Association. Since 2004 member of the Jury awarding ‘SozialMarie’, the annual Austrian Social Innovation Prize (also open to Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Croatia). Scientific Head of the academic study programme MA in Social Innovation (Danube University Krems, AT), launched 2013:



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