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Areas of Research
– Environmental history of hydropower in Austria – Intersection environmental history / history of technology (“envirotech”) – Hydraulic engineering, river morphology, and sediment regime – Water and energy management and policy
Title of PhD
Flow Regimes – The nature of Austrian hydropower, technical expertise, and environmental discourses in the 20th century
Short Abstract of PhD
The project “Flow Regimes” explores the environmental and technological history of selected Austrian hydropower plants planned and (partly) built in the course of the 20th century. Particularly, it wants to elucidate the role of technical experts, their views and perceptions of the environment, in designing hydroelectric schemes and transforming Austrian rivers. Making use of archival sources, published materials, and oral history methods, complemented by a thorough inspection and autopsy of the case study sites, the project analyzes both the material interactions between environment and technology, and the discourses that shaped and were shaped by technological interventions into fluvial landscapes.