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Case Study Leben 2014/Life in 2014, Oberpinzgau, Salzburg, Austria

Project Leader
Muhar Andreas, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Regionalverband Oberpinzgau, 5770 Mittersill, Austria.
Contact person: Bürgermeister Mag. Roman Oberlechner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich: Natural and Social Science Interface, Haldenbachstrasse 44, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland.
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Salzburg - Institute of Geography, Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Ulli Vilsmaier;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator

Further information:

Freyer Bernhard, Sub Projectleader
Eder Michael, Project Staff
Pregernig Michael, Project Staff
Wytrzens Hans Karl, Project Staff
Penker Marianne, Project Staff
Bartel-Kratochvil Ruth, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2020)
Weiß Gerhard, Project Staff
Neumann Alexander, Project Staff (bis 31.10.2018)
Arnberger Arne, Project Staff
Minsch Juerg, Project Staff (bis 24.02.2016)
Schauppenlehner Thomas, Project Staff
Glanzer Michaela, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2005)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (AFO)
Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Institute of Organic Farming
Institute of Sustainable Economic Development
Institute of Transport Studies
Funded by
Regionalverband Oberpinzgau, Marktgemeinde Mittersill, 5770 Mittersill, Austria
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Minoritenplatz 5, A-1014 Wien, Austria
Leben 2014/Life in 2014 is a research project that focuses on the regional development in the Austrian region of Oberpinzgau, Salzburg. Working closely together with the population and the decision-making bodies in the area, teachers and students of six disciplines from BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and from the University of Salzburg will attempt to identify the main challenges to this alpine region. Mixed teams of students and teachers of social and natural sciences will focus on a long term view and will be working on practical problems, following the methodology of embedded case studies, developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich . A transdisciplinary approach will be guaranteed by involving the local people and decision-makers at all levels of the study, from the selection of topics up to the evaluation of the major findings.

Within this project the students will get to know the region¿s historical background, its recent developments and its prospects for the future. They will learn and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary methods in the context of an integrated development process.

Since the project is a pilot study, the university teachers will have to focus on new contents and didactic tools in their classes adapted to the specific needs of the case study. Therefore, a special curriculum will be developed along the lines of existing lectures and classes.

The project should give the local people a fresh impetus in the shaping of their social, ecological and economic environment. Furthermore, it could trigger a process of sustainable development, based on the results of Leben 2014/Life in 2014 and other existing initiatives in the region. The cooperation with local decision-makers and coordination with current activities is set to secure the integration of the project into other planning processes.

Leben 2014/Life in 2014 should be considered mainly as a teaching and research project. It cannot offer instant solutions. However, by evaluating different scenarios and providing information, the researchers could be of assistance to the communities of Oberpinzgau in developing strategies for their region and in achieving key-decisions.

It is planned to edit a case study- book (Fallstudienband) and to publish the results in local and professional journals.

Penker, M.; Muhar, A. (2015): What’s Actually New About Transdisciplinarity? How Scholars From Applied Studies Can Benefit From Cross-disciplinary Learning Processes on Transdisciplinarity.

In: Gibbs, P. (Ed.), Transdisciplinary Professional Learning and Practice, 135-147; Springer, Cham; ISBN 978-3-319-11589

** Fromhold-Eisebith, M., Freyer, B., Mose, I., Muhar A., Vilsmaier, U. Creating Regional Futures: A Scenario-Based Inter- and Transdisciplinary Case Study as a Model for Applied Student-centred Learning in Geography.

J GEOGR HIGHER EDUC, 33 (3), 409-431; ISSN 0309-8265 WoS

Freyer, B., Muhar, A. (Hg.) (2006): Transdisziplinäre Kooperation in der universitären Ausbildung. Die Fallstudie "Leben 2014" in der Nationalparkregion Hohe Tauern/Oberpinzgau.

; Facultas, Wien; ISBN 3-85076-728-0

Muhar, A; Vilsmaier, U; Freyer, B (2006): The Polarity Field Concept - A New Approach for Integrated Regional Planning and Sustainability Processes.

GAIA Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 15, 3, 200-205; ISSN 0940-5550

Muhar, A; Vilsmaier, U; Glanzer, M; Freyer, B (2006): Initiating transdisciplinarity in academic case study teaching - Experiences from a regional development project in Salzburg, Austria.

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 7, 3, 293-308; ISSN 1467-6370

Glanzer, M., Freyer, B., Muhar, A., Schauppenlehner, T., Vilsmaier, U. (2005): Leben 2014 - Perspektiven der Regionalentwicklung in der Nationalparkregion Hohe Tauern/Oberpinzgau. Dokumentation der Ergebnisse..

Verlag Tauriska, Neukirchen/Großvenediger; ISBN 3-901257-28-4

Vilsmaier, U; Freyer, B; Muhar, A (2005): Inter- und transdisziplinäre Lehrforschung. Das Beispiel "Leben 2014 - Perpektiven der Regionalenwicklung in der Nationalparkregion Hohe Tauern / Oberpinzgau..

Salzburger Geographische Arbeiten, 38, 173-186; ISBN 3-85283-022-2

Freyer, B., B.R. Bachleitner, A. Muhar, Th. Schauppenlehner, U. Vilsmaier (2005): Methodology of Scenario Technique in Regional Development Processes.
[International Conference 2005 - Multifunctionality of Landscapes - Analysis, Evaluation, and Decision Support, Gießen, Germany, 18.05.2005 - 19.05.2005]

In: Universität Gießen: Mulit-functionality of Landscape - Analysis, Evaluation and Decision Support, 18.-19.05.2005, Gießen, 186

Schauppenlehner, T., Muhar, A., Freyer, B. (2005): "Leben 2014": Perspectives for Regional Development in the National Park Region Oberpinzgau/Hohe Tauern (Case Study) - Methods and selected Results.
[3rd Symposium of the Hohe Tauern Nationalpark for Research in Protected Areas 2005, Kaprun, Austria, 15.09.2005 - 17.09.2005]

In: Hohe Tauern National Park Council: 3rd Symposium of the Hohe Tauern Nationalpark for Research in Protected Areas, 15.-17.9.2005, Kaprun, 273, Matrei; ISBN 3-9502062-0-5

Vilsmaier, U., Freyer, B., Muhar, A. (2005): Transdisciplinary goal finding pro-cess in regional planning processes.
[Annual international sustainable development research conference 2005, Helsinki, Finland, 06.06.2005 - 08.06.2005]

In: Transdisciplinary Case Study Research Group ETH Zürich: Sustainable development research conference, 6.-8.6.2005, Helsinki, 215-226, Zürich


Muhar,A. (2006): The Polarity Field Concept - A New Approach for Structuring Regional Development Processes.

Griffith University Urban Research Program Seminar, 29.04.2006, Brisbane, AUS

Freyer, B., Muhar, A., Bachleitner, R., Vilsmaier, U., Dorninger, M. (2005): Methodology of Scenario Technique in Regional Development Processes.

Multifunctionality of Landscapes - Analysis, Evaluation and Decision Support, 05. May 2005, University of Giessen

Muhar, A. (2005): Leben 2014: Perspektiven der Regionalentwicklung in der Nationalparkregion Hohe Tauern.

Lions Club Regionalkonferenz Pinzgau, 25.3.2005, Mittersill

Muhar, A., Vilsmaier, U., Freyer, B. (2005): The Polarity Field Concept: A Structural Approach for Integrative Planning Processes.

Our Shared Landscape, 2.-6.5.2005, Ascona, CH FullText

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