Member profiles

bruckman-portrait_kleiner_2Viktor J. Bruckman received a PhD in Forest sciences from BOKU University Vienna, and is currently working as assistant to the chairman of the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences ( He is actively engaged in various working groups of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and division board member of the European Geosciences Union. He is an expert for forest carbon dynamics, forest soils and biomass production. Satoyama-like landscapes, typically containing broadleaved coppice stands, were an essential part of his dissertation. He was assigned as Guest Assistant Professor at The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in 2015, and held several seminars at Hokkaido University, Sapporo.
Contact information: Viktor J. Bruckman, Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies (KIOES) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna.

PiaKleinerPia Kieninger is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Integrative Nature Conservation Research, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, Austria. She read “Landscape design and Landscape protection” at BOKU’s Institute of Botany, graduating in 2003. It was during her postgraduate course that Dr. Kieninger began to focus her studies on the preservation of satoyama, concentrating in particular on tenant farmers of rice paddies (the Tanada-Ownership-System). Her PhD thesis on this research subject was defended at BOKU’s Institute of Sustainable Economic Development in 2012. Between 2004 and 2006 Pia Kieninger was a guest researcher at Tokyo University, establishing close ties with Japanese Satoyama specialists. Pia Kieninger is a member of the “BOKU SATOYAMA-Platform for Nature Conservation- and Biodiversity Research”, an interdisciplinary collaboration between BOKU scientists and University of Vienna’s Department of Japanology. She is also a founding member of the “Vienna Satoyama Study Group”, incepted in 2011.

isabelle_kleinerIsabelle Prochaska-Meyer obtained her PhD at the University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies. Her PhD thesis is based on her research stay in Okinawa at the University of the Ryukyus (2005-2007) and deals with Okinawan religion and spiritual healers (kaminchu). Since 2010 her research focuses on rural Japan and revitalization projects. In summer 2010, she conducted fieldwork on satoyama projects in the Tokyo area (Machida, Hadano and Kamogawa) as a guest researcher at the Tōkai University with a scholarship of the Austrian Trade Commission. In 2012, she visited the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (Niigata Prefecture), an initiative to promote depopulated satoyama areas through modern art, with a research fund by the Faculty of Philological & Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna. Presently, she is involved in the research project “Aged communities and active ageing – a case study from the Japanese Alps”, which focuses on three mountainous villages in Nagano and Yamanashi.

Selfie - 1 (1)Johannes Wilhelm is associate professor at the Faculty of Policy Management of Keio University. Until Feb. 2017 he was lecturer and University assistant (Postdoc) at the Department of East Asian Studies of the University of Vienna. His doctoral thesis „Resource management in Japanese coastal fisheries“ focussed on the informal institutions of natural resources management in a small fishing village in Sanriku was written under supervision of Josef Kreiner (Univ. of Bonn, Germany). His recent research areas are (a) social vulnerability and resilience, (b) changing livelihoods after 3.11 and (c) radical groups in the East Asian internet sphere.
Contact information:
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan


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