December 14, 2015

Award-winning Master thesis: Scientific award 2015 given by the Vienna Municipal Department for Environmental Matters goes to Isabel Mank


Isabel Mank, alumna of the postgraduate Master’s program Environmental Technology & International Affairs (ETIA) (Class of 2013-2015) has received a special honor on Monday, 30th November 2015: her Master thesis “Energy blackouts and water outages: A risk management approach towards raising awareness and assuming responsibility” has been awarded the scientific award 2015 (“Wissenschaftlicher Förderpreis 2015”) given by the Vienna Municipal Department for Environmental Matters (MA 22) together with Municipal Department Vienna Water (MA 31).

This Master thesis has been written with the technical assistance of Ass.Prof. Dr. Norbert Kreuzinger, TU Wien, in the course of the ETIA Program (Environmental Technology & International Affairs). The interdisciplinary English-speaking Master program is a corporation between TU Wien and the Diplomatic Academy Vienna. It deals with questions relating to international politics, international environmental politics and environmental management.

Short summary of the thesis:
Isabel Mank combines in her Master thesis political, technical and social sciences. Her focus is on raising awareness for the probability of a far-reaching and long-lasting blackout and its consequences for the water sector and the daily life in Vienna. In this regard, a variety of stakeholders in the water, waste water and crisis management sectors in Austria and Japan have been interviewed. Although Vienna enjoys the supply of drinking-water without electricity from the first and second aqueducts, the complexity of domino effects, which can cause a disruption of the electricity supply, the water distribution and the waste water disposal and treatment in all districts of Vienna and its neighboring cities, should not stay unnoted.
Hence, the thesis shall enhance thinking beyond traditional risks and catastrophes. With the help of a risk management approach unthinkable, unanticipated and complex risks can be analyzed and possible actions developed. Continuing communication between local, national and international stakeholders and the civil society can limit the consequences of complex catastrophes and help assure the standard of today’s life and the well-being of the environment.

Scientific award
Since 2003, the scientific award goes each year to young scientists, who address relevant themes concerning environmental matters in Vienna and its region in their final dissertation. The topic shall be of concern and benefit to the daily work of the MA 22 or other departments of the City of Vienna.

Facts on the program
Degree:    Master of Science in Environmental Technology and International Affairs (MSc)
Language of instruction:    English
Duration:    4 semester
Program start:    26 September 2016
Application deadline:    15 March 2016
Tuition fee:    EUR 24,400 (excl. travel and accommodation expenses)
Academic Directors:    ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Hans Puxbaum (TU Wien)
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Loibl, LL.B (DA Vienna)

Please note: for the next academic year, the daily newspaper “Die Presse” awards two partial scholarships. Application Deadline: January 11, 2016

Contact & information:
TU Wien, Continuing Education Center
Mag. Isabelle Starlinger
Operngasse 11/017, A-1040 Vienna
T: +43 (0)1 58801-41716
E: office(at)etia.at 
Web: www.etia.at


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