Author CVs

Roland Benedikter is a political scientist, sociologist and co-head of the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research. He is also a research professor of Multidisciplinary Political Analysis in residence at the Willy Brandt Centre at Wroclaw University, Poland.

Andrea Bonoldi studied political economy and economic and social history in Trento, Vienna and Milan-Bocconi. He is an economic history professor at the University of Trento as well as teaching history of economic thought at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. His main research interests concern economic relations and development processes in the Alpine area in the modern age.

Claudio Corradetti is an associate professor in political philosophy and international relations at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He was a senior researcher at Eurac Research from 2008–2013. He has also contributed to the theory of human rights, transitional justice and Kant’s cosmopolitan theory.

Michael de Rachewiltz works at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research. His interests are in the areas of philosophy of the mind and of science. His research has covered cultural anthropology, transhumanism, and sustainable tourism. In addition, he has organized two futurological congresses which dealt with the topics of humanity in the age of artificial intelligence and energy.

Georg Grote is a senior researcher in the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac Research. He is a trained historian and has in his academic work focussed on past and present collective emancipation movements in Europe as well as the role of history and historiography in peoples’ self-definition.

Hans Heiss is a lecturer at the Universities of Innsbruck, Hildesheim and Trento. After receiving his PhD in history from the University of Innsbruck in 1986, he served at the Civic Archives of Brixen-Bressanone from 1985–2003 and the Provincial Archives in Bozen-Bolzano from 2003–2018. He is also currently a Green Party member in South Tyrol’s Provincial parliament.

Giulia Isetti, originally from Genoa, moved to South Tyrol in 2017 to join the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research as a senior researcher. She holds a PhD in Classics and an MBA. Her research topics span various fields, with a particular focus on sustainability, resilience, religion, and digitalization.

Giorgio Mezzalira is an independent researcher. A founding member of the Geschichte und Region/Storia e regione association, he is the vice president of the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino’s steering committee and the author of numerous publications on regional history in the twentieth century.

Claudia Notarnicola is the vice head of the Institute for Earth Observation at Eurac Research. She also teaches at the Faculty of Engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Her main field of expertise is the development of innovative methodologies to retrieve biophysical parameters by exploiting synergy of multi-sensor data and physical based models.

Helga Nowotny is professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich and former president of the European Research Council. She has held teaching and research positions at several universities and research institutions in Europe and continues to be actively engaged in research and innovation policy at European and international level.

Hannes Obermair is a historian and exhibition curator, dealing with medieval as well as contemporary issues. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London, since 2019 he has been a senior researcher at Eurac Research, a place he always dreamed of being.

Stephan Ortner has been the director of Eurac Research since 1996. After receiving his degree in biology at the Universities of Innsbruck and Padova, he co-founded and became the managing director of the Alpenforschungsinstitut in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well as a scientific collaborator and the managing director of Cipra Germany.

Francesco Palermo is a professor of comparative constitutional law at the University of Verona and head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research where he has been employed since the very beginning of the research center’s establishment.

Günther Pallaver is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Innsbruck and senior researcher at the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research.

Harald Pechlaner is the head of the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research and professor of tourism and head of center for Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany.

Hans Karl Peterlini is professor of general education sciences and intercultural education at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt. He is also a prolific author of historical books and a renowned journalist who has contributed to various South Tyrolean newspapers and weekly journals for many years.

Barbara Plagg is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of General Practice and Public Health Claudiana and a lecturer at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. In her rare free time, the mother of three works as a publicist for the South Tyrolean online magazine ‘barfuss’ and fights for women’s rights, health equity and climate protection.

Roland Psenner is Eurac Research’s president. After gaining his PhD in microbiology, limnology and biochemistry at the University of Innsbruck, he worked there and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences focussing on the environmental problems of lakes and mountain areas. His articles have been cited more than 13,500 times (h=63 Google Scholar) garnering his inclusion amongst the top two percent of scientists worldwide. From 2012 to 2015 he was the vice rector of the University of Innsbruck.

Anna Scuttari is professor of empirical research at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and senior researcher at the Eurac Research Center for Advanced Studies, where she leads the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol. Her main interest is to understand human mobility as global phenomenon and to measure, analyze and transform it for the better. As a teenager, she always dreamed of working at Eurac Research.

Ulrike Tappeiner holds a professorship for Ecosystem Research and Landscape Ecology at the University of Innsbruck as well as being president of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. In addition, she established and developed the Eurac Research Institute for Alpine Environment. Always curious and passionate about her field, she is truly a researcher with heart and soul.