Research Activities and
1966-1968: Student of law while working as a
journalist/critic and insurance company agent.
1967: Doctor of Jurisprudence.
1968: Assistant, Law Faculty, Karl-Franzens
1972: Doctor of Political Science.
1975: “Habilitation” (university lecturing
qualification) in Economic and Social History.
1977: Professor of Economic and Social History and
Chairman of the Department of Social and Economic
History at the Faculty for Social and Economic
Sciences (SOWI Faculty).
1985-1989 and 1997-2004: Dean of the SOWI Faculty
and Chairman of the “Fakultätskollegium” (Assembly
of the Faculty).
Additional Teaching Activities
1992-to date: University lecturer.
1997 to date: Guest Professor at the Technical
University in Graz (subjects: Economics and
International Economic Relations).
1995-2004: Director of Media Studies at the Karl-Franzens
University. Member of the Advisory Board of
Interdisciplinary Gerontology. Director of the
University Programme for the Management of Social
and Health Facilities.
Important Publications and Areas of Research
Publications on recent Austrian economic history;
social relations; insurance history; oral history
and the history of the Liechtenstein dynasty.
Director of the interdisciplinary research project
“Altern – Lust oder Last” (Ageing – Pleasure or
1989: Research Director of the official Styrian
Exhibition (Judenburg: Men & Money & Markets)
1993: Research Director of the official Styrian
Exhibition (Krieglach, Birkfeld, St. Kathrein: Peter
1995: Advisor for the Carinthian Exhibition
1996: Director of Research for the Special
Exhibition (Riegersburg: History of the
Activities in Adult Education
1972-2004: Chief Editor of the cultural magazine
“Steirische Berichte”. Member of the Advisory Board
of the “Steirisches Volksbildungswerk” and
“Steirische Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft”.
1989-1991: President of Urania (vocational education
1991-1996: Chairman of the Association of University
Professors (UVP); delegate of the Federal
Professors’ Conference, Vienna; awarding jury member
of the Erzherzog Johann prizes for research,
chairman of the Styrian awarding jury for the “Humanitas-Medaillen”.
1993-2001: Member of the “Regionalradiobehörde”
1998-2004: Deputy member of the European Commission
against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council
of Europe, Strasbourg.
9 April 2004: Elected Member of the Styrian
Government (Minister for Economy and Europe).
2005 - 2010: Representative of the Styrian
2009-to date: President of the Red Cross,
2009-to date: Member of the European Commission
against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Council of
Honours and Awards
Theodor Körner Prize for Research, Josef Krainer
“Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen” (Decoration of
Honour) of the Styrian Government.
Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst 1. Klasse.
(Cross of Honour for Research and Art, First Class).
Kommandeurkreuz pro Merito Melitensi.
Austrian Red Cross: Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse.