Dr. Sebastian FASTENRATH

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Geography and Regional Research

Universitätsstraße 7, 5th floor, Room: D0504

1010 Vienna, Austria


Tel.: +43-1-4277-48721

E-Mail: sebastian.fastenrath[at]univie.ac.at


My research and teaching areas are in Economic and Urban Geography. My work is focused on questions at the interface of innovation and transition studies, and aspects of urban and regional development. I am particularly interested in processes of transformational change and sustainability transitions in the context of the grand societal challenges we are facing today and in the future. Central questions of my research are: What drives socio-technical and socio-ecological innovation processes in urban and regional contexts? How are sustainability and resilience strategies implemented in practice? Why do some cities or regions perform better in this regard? What are barriers and challenges? To what extent does political influence play a role?  

After completing my PhD at the University of Cologne with research on more sustainable pathways in the building sector, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne for three years. At the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), Chair of Resilient Cities, I worked on the projects Urban Resilience in Action and Gippsland Smart Specialisation Strategy projects. A key goal of these project was to initiate new innovative forms of cooperation and to provide scientific support. Both projects pursued inter- and transdisciplinary approaches by involving stakeholders from the public and private sectors, philanthropy and research.