Meet The Team

Our Organisation

The University of Graz is the second largest university in Austria. It covers both human and natural sciences across six faculties. The ReInHerit’s team is composed by researchers from the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and the Department of Geography and Regional Science. The Centre for Information Modelling (ZIM) has been active in digital humanities and digital cultural heritage research for more than a decade. ZIM cooperates in numerous international projects on the preservation, analysis, curation, and presentation of digital and digitized cultural heritage – in collaboration with academic and non-academic partners, and in particular with cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, museums). The Centre has three main research strands: digital editions, digital archiving, and digital museology. One of the Department of Geography's main fields of expertise is urban and regional development, and it has participated in various European and national projects, mediating between different stakeholders and contributing policy advice. In particular, the department has expertise on the opportunities and challenges of dealing with cultural heritage, the potential of the material and immaterial heritage in regional development, and transferring of these results into policy advice for local, national and European institutions.

Our Team Members

Dr Chiara Zuanni
Dr Chiara Zuanni is a tenure-track assistant professor in digital museology at the Centre for Information Modelling (ZIM-ACDH) at the University of Graz. Her research focuses on the construction and mediation of knowledge in museums, digital practices and data in the museum sector, social media and heritage audiences, and born-digital collecting. She has a BA in Classics and a MA in Archaeology from the University of Bologna, and a PhD in Museology from the University of Manchester. Prior to moving to Austria, she held postdoctoral appointments in cultural policy at the University of Liverpool, and in museum histories at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been a member of the Getty Institute in Ancient Itineraries (2018-2020); she is local PI for the Erasmus+ project DigiCulture (2018-2021); and she is PI of a DARIAH Theme project on contemporary collecting and COVID-19 (2020-2021).
Dr Wolfgang Fischer
Assistant professor
Dr Wolfgang Fischer is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Regional Science at the University of Graz. His research focuses on sustainable and regional development, brownfields and abandoned sites, cultural heritage and tourism. He studied Geography at the University of Graz, where he has worked since 1990, leading a range of research projects from Austrian and European funders. He is currently local PI for the EU project SPOT (Social and innovative Platform On cultural Tourism and its potential towards deepening Europeanisation; 2020-2022).
Jörn Harfst Jörn Harfst
Research associate
Jörn Harfst Jörn Harfst is a research associate in the Department of Geography and Regional Science at the University of Graz. His research interests concern regional development, governance and European cohesion. He holds a diploma in Geography, having studied at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the University of Southampton (UK). Prior to moving to Graz, he has been a research associate at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden (Germany). He has been working at the University of Graz since 2012, as research assistant and project manager on a range of projects. In parallel, he also works as consultant for European cooperation projects.
Jasmin Sandriester
Research associate
Jasmin Sandriester is a research associate at the Department of Geography and Regional Science at the University of Graz (since 2020). She is currently working on three projects, YOUIND (INTERREG), SPOT and ReInherit (both Horizon2020) and has studied Geography at the University of Graz, obtaining a MSc degree in “Sustainable Urban and Regional Development” in 2017. Her research interests lie in the field of tourism (especially marketing and place branding) as well as sustainable regional development.
Sina Krottmaier
Research assistant
Sina Krottmaier is a research assistant at the Centre for Information Modelling (ZIM-ACDH) at the University of Graz. Her research interests concern Russian language, translation and localization of video games and movies, digital preservation of contemporary digital cultures. She has a BA in Slavic studies from the University of Klagenfurt and a BA in Transcultural Communication from the University of Graz, and she is currently completing a MA in Translation studies and a MA in Digital Humanities at the University of Graz. She has been working as research assistant at ZIM-ACDH since 2020, supporting teaching activities and digital archiving projects.