Nele Kress, MSc

@ Universität Wien by Daniel Dutkowski

Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung

Arbeitsgruppe Urban Studies

Universitätsassistentin PraeDoc

Universitätsstraße 7, 5. Stock, Raum B0502

1010 Wien, Österreich 

Tel.: +43-1-4277-48762

E-Mail: nele.kress[at]



I have a background in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BSc, Leuphana University Lüneburg and Karlstad University) and hold a Joint International Master's Degree in Sustainable Development (MSc, Leipzig University and Utrecht University). My research interests include urban politics and governance, policy narratives, urban experimentation, urban sustainability transformations, as well as transdisciplinary and transformative research. In my dissertation project, I comparatively analyse transformative governance capacities of emerging ‘circular cities’ in Europe. Thus, I aim to examine the capacities cities need to steer the circular economy in cities towards a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Before joining the Urban Studies working group at the University of Vienna, I worked as a research associate at the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research Leipzig in the transdisciplinary research project 'Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations' and explored the politics of urban future making by analysing the German smart city discourse. I also worked with various environmental organizations and cultural and political projects.