Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences



Margreth Keiler studied geography and earth sciences at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Aberdeen. After receiving her doctorate from the University of Innsbruck in September 2004, she undertook research and taught at the Institute for Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna. Research stays have taken her to the University of Exeter in the UK, the Santa Fe Institute in the USA, and to Duke University in the USA where she was a Fulbright Visiting Professor. In August 2011, Margreth Keiler took over as head of the Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, and Risk Research Group at the University of Bern’s Institute of Geography. She habilitated in 2012 at the University of Vienna and the University of Bern, where she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. Since 2014, Margreth Keiler has been a researcher in the Mobiliar Lab for Natural Risks at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern, and took over as co-leader of the Lab in 2016. In addition to her professorship at the Institute of Geography, Margreth Keiler is also the new director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in Innsbruck.

Research Interests

Keywords: Mass Movements, Debris Flows, Sediment Flux, Spatial and Temporal Trajectories of Alpine Geomorphologic Systems, Complex System Research, Human-Environment Interactions, Risk Analysis, Vulnerability Assessment, Multi-Hazards and Risks, Risk Evolution, Risk Management/ Governance, Coupled Human-Landscape Systems.

In her research, Margreth Keiler deals with long-term as well as short-term changes of natural hazards and risks in mountain regions in connection with global change (climate change, land use change). The development and application of interdisciplinary approaches, which consider natural and social processes equally, is central to this. Integration between different approaches remains a challenge. Her main research priorities are therefore the analysis of the interface between natural hazard processes and socio-economic processes under changing conditions, and, building on this, the development of models for coupled human-landscape systems. The main motivation of her research is a better understanding of the different interactions, identification and monitoring of dynamic change of natural hazards, and the development of risk and resilience in mountain areas. Through these findings, she aims to advance sustainable management decisions.


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Institut für Geographie, Universität Innsbruck

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