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Karin Dobernig

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Karin Dobernig


Head of Institute for Sustainability
Head of Committee for International Affairs


Campus Wieselburg
Zeiselgraben 4
3250 Wieselburg
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Research Activities

  • bewusstkaufen 2021-2023

    Bewusstkaufen.at is an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK) and the first web portal for sustainable consumption in Austria. With around 300 sustainable labels in the database ("Label-Kompass"), around 50 guides, an interactive seasonal calendar and ongoing editorial contributions, interviews and blog posts by experts on sustainability topics, it offers consumers a comprehensive information platform and shows environmentally and climate-friendly action alternatives. The institut für sustainability is in charge of the label database.

  • Fostering Carbon-Friendly Diets

    A reduction of meat consumption and shift to plant-based diets have been identified as crucial for reaching climate targets. While consumer research has distilled a range of factors driving meat consumption, insights into the effectiveness of (policy) interventions are still scarce. This project systematically reviews the scholarly literature for evidence of effective intervention measures to reduce meat consumption.


  • Kwasny, Tatjana/Dobernig, Karin/Riefler, Petra (2022): Towards Reduced Meat Consumption: A Systematic Literature Review of Intervention Effectiveness, 2001-2019. In: 10.1016/j.appet.2021.105739. Appetite.
  • Nikravech, Mariam, Valerie Kwan, Karin Dobernig, Angelika Wilhelm-Rechmann, and Nina Langen (2020): Limiting food waste via grassroots initiatives as a potential for climate change mitigation: a systematic review. In: Environmental Research Letters.
  • Dobernig, Karin/Schanes, Karin (2019): Domestic Spaces and Beyond: Consumer food waste in the context of shopping and storing routines. In: International Journal of Consumer Studies/10.1111/ijcs.12527.
  • Schanes, Karin/Dobernig, Karin/Gözet, Burcu (2018): Food Waste Matters - A Systematic Review of Household Food Waste Practices and Their Policy Implications. In: Journal of Cleaner Production/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.030.
  • Foster, Gillian/Dobernig, Karin/Gruszka, Katarzyna/Schanes, Karin/De Schutter, Liesbeth (2018): Sustainable Consumption and Production. In: Lutter, Stephan/Luks, Fred/Stagl, Sigrid (Hrsg.): Towards a Socio-Ecological Transformation of the Economy. Background Report for Growth in Transition, Vienna.
  • Spash, Clive/Dobernig, Karin (2017): Theories of (Un)sustainable consumption. In: Spash, Clive (Hrsg.): Routledge Handbook of Ecological Economics: Nature and Society. Routledge. Abingdon, UK.
  • Mincyte, Diana/Dobernig, Karin (2016): Urban farming in the North American metropolis: Rethinking work and distance in alternative food networks. In: Environment and Planning A.
  • Dobernig, Karin/Veen, Esther Veen/Osterveer, Peter (2016): Growing Urban Food as an Emerging Social Practice. In: Practice Theory and Research: Exploring the dynamics of social life. Routledge. Abingdon, UK.
  • Schanes, Karin/Dobernig, Karin/Gözet, Burcu (2016): Climate Change & Consumption – An Inseparable Couple? . In: Kurswechsel.
  • Dobernig, Karin/Stagl, Sigrid (2015): Growing a Lifestyle Movement? Exploring identity-work and lifestyle politics in urban food cultivation. In: International Journal of Consumer Studies/10.1111/ijcs.12222.
  • Dobernig, Karin/Lobinger, Katharina/ Wetzstein, Irmgard (2010): Covering Conflict: Differences in Visual and Verbal Coverage on the Gaza-Crisis 2009 in Four Weekly News Media. In: Journal of Visual Literacy.