Department of Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo)


  • We welcome you

    ... in the Guttenberg-House!

  • Sustainable management...

    ... of scarce natural resources and environmental goods

  • Scientific analysis...

    ... of economic, political and social processes, as well as technological and social innovations

  • Bioeconomy...

    ... knowledge-based production and use of biological resources for a sustainable economy

  • Our courses...

    ... cover economic, social, political and legal sciences

  • Integration...

    ... of approaches from economic and social sciences with natural sciences and engineering

  • Understanding consumer behaviour...

    ... for satisfied customers and innovative products

Who we are

We combine economic, social, political and legal research and teaching activities of BOKU and are a unique academic establishment in this field in Austria.

Our special concern is the synthesis of economic, ecological, sociological and ethical aspects. Innovation, inter-disciplinarity and internationality define our department culture.

The fields of research and teaching (in one of BOKU’s 8 areas of expertise namely Resources and social dynamics) are:

  • Economics, policy and law of the agricultural, food and forest sector, natural resources and the environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Management of biological resources and environmental policy
  • Management strategies of biogenic value added chains
  • Governance, rural development and agricultural sociology
  • Optimisation and valuation of managerial processes in agriculture, forestry, timber industry, environmental economics and food economy
  • Analysis and economic valuation of societal processes

Management and Administration

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