VAN Projects

Overview of our members' current research projects

Landscape, Life, Form – Anthropocene Poetics in Contemporary German Fiction

Stack of books (selected works related to the 'Anthropocene Poetics' project)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Horn

Dr. Vera Thomann

Florian Ronc

Keywords: German Fiction, Anthropocene Poetics, Form, Genre

The Anthropocene Surge – Evolution, Expansion and Depth of Vienna’s urban Environment

Photo of the Karlskirche (St. Charles Church) in Vienna, shot upwards from below ground level, heaps of dirt and some tools on the ground indicate that excavation works are in progress

Excavation Site Karlsplatz


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Wagreich

Katrin Hornek

MMag. Kira Lappé

Maria Meszar, MSc

Keywords: Geology, Stratigraphy, Vienna, Urban environment

EcoLandscapes: Ecocritical Study of Landscape Representations in Contemporary Art

Historical sketches of diverse trees

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie-funded Project


Dr. Olga Smith

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eva Horn

Keywords: Art History, Nonhuman, Landscape, Nature

INFRANORTH – Building Arctic Futures

Image showing a freight train as it crosses a snowy landscape, houses in the background

An ERC Project


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

Dr. Philipp Budka
Dr. Olga Povoroznyuk
Dr. Alexis Sancho Reinoso

Ria-Maria Adams, PhD student
Alexandra Meyer, PhD student
Katrin Schmid, PhD student

Johannes Kramer

Keywords: Sustainability, Transport Infrastructure, Human-Environment Interactions, Arctic

LANGUAGE of the Anthropocene

Scientists sampling water upstream Nairobi river

UNESCO Project (IGCP 732)


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Wagreich

Mehwish Bibi (Pakistan)
Barbara Fialkiewicz-Koziel (Poland)
Juliana Ivar do Sul (Brazil)
Lydia Olaka (Kenia)
Catherine Russell (UK)
Maria Luisa Garcia Tejada (Japan)
Luyuan Zhang (China)

Veronika Koukal (Vienna)

Keywords: Anthropogenic Impact, Geological Signals, Global Knowledge Network

MARIPOLDATA – The Politics of Marine Biodiversity Data


An ERC Project


Assoc.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alice Vadrot

Arne Langlet, MA
Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki, MA
Dr. Petro Tolochko
Silvia C. Ruiz R., MA

Emmanuelle Brogat, MA
Phoebe Fuhrmann, MA

Keywords: Oceans, Marine biodiversity, Monitoring practices, Conservation policies

NoeSLIDE – Long-term Landslide Monitoring

Aerial view of an Austrian mountain region with marks and lines drawn over it


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Glade

Dr. Philipp Marr, MSc
Margherita Johanna Stumvoll, MSc
Robert Kanta, BSc

Keywords: Long-term landslide monitoring, Surface and subsurface monitoring techniques, Landslide structure, Terrestrial laser scanning, Geoelectrical monitoring