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Dr Astrid Krisch

Fellow, Junior Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation

Astrid is a spatial planner, working at the interface of urban and regional planning, urban studies, human geography, political science, foundational economy and health and wellbeing. Her main research interests centre on the broad field of sustainability transformations, in particular concepts of experimental governance, equity and justice, social innovation, and foundational infrastructures. She has worked extensively on urban experimentation for sustainability transformations, social innovation for transformative governance approaches, institutionalising urban infrastructure systems, structures for healthy and climate-friendly living and foundational infrastructure provisioning.

She joined the GCHU in May 2023 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, contributing to research on creating healthy cities and linking sustainable urban development to health and equity issues.

Astrid is co-founder and board member of the Competence Centre for Infrastructure Economics, Public Services and Social Provisioning at the Vienna University of Technology in Vienna, Austria and part of the organising committee of the 6th Foundational Economy Conference 2023. She is regularly peer-reviewing articles for leading international journals.

Before joining Kellogg College in May 2023, Astrid was a researcher at the Research Unit of Urban and Regional Research, Institute of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology and a health expert at the Competence Centre Climate and Health at the Austrian National Public Health Institute. She has also worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Research Unit of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, Institute of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology and as a researcher at the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, where she was part of the management and authors team for the APCC Special Report on Structures for Climate-Friendly Living.

Astrid is currently Principal Investigator on the following projects:

· Accelerating transformative urban change through innovations combining social and ecological benefits (May 2024 – November 2025, funded by the John Fell Fund, University of Oxford)

· Research Network on Eco-Social Policy and Practice for Innovation and Transformation [ESPPRIT] (March 2024 – March 2027, funded by the Regional Studies Association)

· Envisioning Community Wellbeing [ECoWell] (April 2024 – July 2024, funded by the Participatory Research Fund, University of Oxford)

Recent publications:

Bärnthaler R, Novy A, Arzberger L, Krisch A, Volmary H (2024) The power to transform structures: power complexes and the challenges for realising a wellbeing economy. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications 11(1): 1–16.

Suitner J, Haider W, Krisch A (2024) Socially innovative experiments for transformative local development: Putting more-than-growth-oriented local interventions in spatial context. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 100035.

Bärnthaler R, Getzner M, Krisch A, Plank L, Strickner A (2024) Exploring the Foundational Economy for a just transition. Introduction to this issue by the guest editors. The Public Sector, 2(49), pp.7-8.

Suitner J & Krisch A (2023) Navigating context in experiments: The „real“, the roots, and the rationale. European Urban and Regional Studies, Article 09697764231205218. Advance online publication.

Lampl C, Aigner E, Schmidt A.E, Krisch A (2023) Barriers and interventions for healthy and climate-friendly living for vulnerable groups, European Journal of Public Health, Volume 33, Issue Supplement 2, October 2023, ckad160.842,