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Researcher Profile

Mag. Petra Wagner M.A.

Mag. Petra Wagner M.A.


Senior Expert Advisor


Innovation Systems & Policy

Competence Unit

Innovation Systems & Policy




+43 50550 4549


+43 50550 4599


Giefinggasse 4, 1210 Vienna


Field: Innovation Policy and Transformation

Main Research: Innovation and Transformation


Petra Wagner is senior expert advisor in the area of innovation and governance. She works on transformative policy design and assessment. She has extensive experience in designing, managing and leading national as well as international R&D projects for EC, ministries with a focus on cross- and transdisciplinary approaches. Her specific expertise is in shaping science-technology-society relations in the context of urban innovation.

  • 2013-now: Senior Expert Advisor
    RTI Policy, Innovation Systems Department, AIT / Austria
  • 2010-2013: Researcher and Policy Advisor
    Technology Management, Foresight & Policy Development Department, AIT / Austria
  • 2008-2010: Seconded Expert, Cabinet Staff
    Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology / Austria
  • 2008-2010: Managing Director
    generation innovation / Austria
  • 2007-2008: Portfolio Manager "Knowledge Management"
    ARC systems research / Austria
  • 1997-2007: Researcher
    Regional Science, Forschungszentrum Seibersdorf / Austria
  • 1995-1996: Graduate Research Assistant
    Department of Geography, University of Maryland / USA
  • 2016-now: Deputy Head
    AIT Center for Innovation Systems and Policy / Austria
  • 2006-2008: European Coordinator of the Society of Organizational Learning (SoL)
  • 2017 to now: ECTRI European Conference on Transport Research Institutes, Co-Lead of Thematic Group "Economics and Policy"
  • 2014 onwards: RRI Platform Austria
  • 2019-2020: International Public Policy Association
  • 2009: Best Paper IAMOT ernational Association for Management of Technology
  • 2005: ARC Award for Economic Excellence
  • 1995: Fulbright US Scholarship
  • 2020: IST International Sustainability Transitions - Gallery Award


  • EU Regional Policy and the Stimulation of Innovation: The Role of the European Regional Development Fund in the Objective 1 Region Burgenland
    Author(s): Kaufmann A., Wagner P.
    Journal: European Planning Studies, 14 (4) (2005) ; 581-599
  • An integrated transformative process model for social innovation in cities
    Author(s): Wagner, P., Wilhelmer, D.
    Journal: Procedia Engineering, 198 (2017) ; 935-947
  • Policy experiments: A response to rapidly changing societal environments
    Author(s): Biegelbauer, P., Wagner, P., Hargassner-Delpos, M.
    Journal: fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation , 46 (2018) ; 29-32
  • FIT4FOOD2030: Future-proofing Europe’s Food Systems with Tools for Transformation and a Sustainable Food Systems Network
    Author(s): Baungaard, C., Kok, C.P.W., den Boer, A.C.L, Brierley, C., an der Meij, M.G.., Dahl Gjefsen, M., Wenink, J., Wagner, P., Gemen, R., Regeer, B.J., Broerse, J.E.W.
    Journal: Nutrition Bulletin, 46 (2) (2021) ; 172-184
  • Transformation Rooms: Building Transformative Capacity for European Cities
    Author(s): Haindlmaier G., Wagner P., Willhelmer D.
    Journal: International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities , 2 (2021) ; 48-69
  • Communities of Practices;
    Creating and Managing a Technology Economy

    Author(s): M. Hörlesberger, P. Wagner-Luptacik
    Publisher: World Scientific; Singapore; 2010; 381 - 399; 978-981-4313-38-4
    Series: F. Betz; T. M. Khalil; Y. Hosni; H. Mostafa
  • Design Thinking;
    Theoretical Approaches to Social Innovation

    Author(s): Butzin, A., Davis, A., Domanski, D., Dhondt, S., Howaldt, J., Kaletka, C., Kesselring, A., Kopp, R., Millard, J., Oeij, P., Rehfeld, D., Schaper-Rinkel, P., Schwartz, M., Scoppetta, A., Wagner, P., Weber, M.
    Publisher: Social Innovation : Driving Force of Social Change (SI-Drive); Dortmund, Germany; 2014
    Series: Social Innovation : Driving Force of Social Change (SI-Drive)
  • A participatory approach towards 'responsible' health research and innovation
    Author(s): Wagner P., Buchinger E., Kienegger E.
    Conference 9th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics, Matera, Italy
    Proceedings Carlucci D., Spender JC, Schiuma G.; IFKAD 2014 - Knowledge Management Models for Sustainable Growth; 1710-1719
  • Research and innovation policy labs as instruments for food system transformation
    Author(s): Wagner P., Wepner B.
    Conference International Sustainability Transitions, Ottawa, Canada
  • Research and innovation to meet Europe’s challenges (2013)
    University of Twente
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer Instruments (2018)
    University of Applied Science Technikum, Vienna

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