Mag. Dr. Alina Brad

Portrait photo of Alina Brad.

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Senior Scientist


Ferstelgasse 5/Top floor, door 25
Room: D 07
1090 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 51

Office hour

After agreement


Courses: u:find

Short biography

• Since October 2018: Senior Scientist at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna
• 2022-2025: Coordinating Leading Author in the APCC Assessment Report on Climate Change in Austria, AAR2
• 2017-2018: University Assistant (Post Doc) at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
• 2016-2017: Post-Doc Track Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
• 2014: Visiting researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), Erkner, Germany
• 2012-2016: DOC-team fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
• 2016: PhD, thesis on the political economy of palm oil production
• 2011: Visiting doctoral student at Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia

Research interests

International climate policy, political ecology, carbon dioxide removal technologies, socio-ecological transformation

Current research projects

The Politics of Negative Emissions Technologies in the EU. Deterring Mitigation?
Funded by the FWF Elise Richter Program. Project duration: 2023-2027

Household GHG footprints and Austrian climate policy: identifying leverage points for demand-side mitigation. Funded by the Climate and Energy Fund. Project duration: 2022-2025.

Selective bibliography

  • Brad, A., Haas, T., Schneider, E., 2024. Whose negative emissions? Exploring emergent perspectives on CDR from the EU’s hard to abate and fossil industries Frontiers in Climate., 5:1268736. doi: 10.3389/fclim.2023.126873
  • Brad, Alina/Schneider, Etienne (2023): Chasing Mitigation Deterrence in Climate Policy-Making: Towards a Research Approach, Environmental Science & Policy 150, 103591. Link:
  • 2022. Environmental Governance and the State. In: Pellizzoni, L., Leonardi, E., Asara, V. (ed.). Elgar Handbook of Critical Environmental Politics. Edward Elgar Publishing (w/ U. Brand, E. Schneider)
  • 2022. The Transnationalization of Agrarian Conflicts? Global NGOs, transnational capital and local resistance in Sumatra. New Political Economy (with J. Hein, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2022.2138300)
  • 2022. Historical material policy analysis and climate change policies.  In: Garcia, A., Scherrer, C., Wullweber, J. (ed.). Handbook on Critical Political Economy and Public Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing. (w/ U. Brand, M. Krams, V. Lenikus, E. Schneider)
  • 2021. From Planetary to Societal Boundaries: An argument for collectively defined self-limitation. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 17:1, 264-291, DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2021.1940754 (w/ U. Brand, B.Muraca, E.Pineault, M. Sahakian a.o.)
  • 2018. The false promise on certification.  How certification is hindering sustainability in the textile, palm oil and fisheries industries. Changing Markets Foundation: o.O.
  • 2017. Degrowth and Post-Extractivism: Two debates with suggestions for the inclusive development framework. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 24, 36-41. (w/ U. Brand, T. Boos)
  • 2017. A world away and close to home: The multi-scalar ‘making of’ Indonesia’s energy landscape. Energy Policy 109, 817-824 (w/ M. Pichler, C. Plank, A. Schaffartzik).
  • 2015. Contested territorialization and biophysical expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia. Geoforum 64, 100-111. (w/ M. Pichler, C. Plank, A. Schaffartzik).