Who We Are

Get to know our team

The Climate Walk is a project by the Wanderers of Changing Worlds, which is a dedicated team of academics, activists and friends. Even though the project was originally one of our members’ idea, it quickly evolved into a group venture, reflecting the various interests and passions each member brings with them. In our project we want to bring people together and inspire them to a more grounded and gentle way of travelling, while also raising awareness for all the subtle and drastic impacts of changing Climates throughout Europe, and the various ways in which we can act to mitigate them.

Below you can learn more about the Core Team members of the project, the Affiliates – which support the project in specific areas -, as well as about the members of the Knowledge Association – which assist us with their expertise.

Core team


Knowledge Association

The Knowledge Association serves as an advisory council to support our project’s work. It consists of relevant stakeholders from the academic field, NGOs, political and institutional bodies.
The list is constantly updated.

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Miriam Bahn

Environmental Education and Coordination of Volunteers at Global 2000, Vienna, Austria

The project “Wanderers of Changing Worlds” inspired me from the very beginning. I particularly like the fact that young people are involved in the process of dealing with the issues of climate change and climate protection.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway

The Wanderers of Changing Worlds is a really creative and innovative initiative aiming to raise consciousness inside and outside of the monastic academic world, building dialogue and spreading knowledge across several kinds of borders. I cannot think of a more auspicious time for this kind of project.

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Monika Fröhler

CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna, Austria

What an inspiring team of young global citizens, walking the talk and researching about climate change and its impact across Europe. The Ban Ki-moon Centre is excited to support the efforts on SDG 4 and SDG 13.

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Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl

Area Director Campaigns at Südwind, Vienna, Austria

Südwind supports the Wanderers of Changing Worlds because with our campaigns and educational activities we also take many steps towards a sustainable future and for the sustainable development goals and we go best and furthest together.

Image credit: Alexander Chitsazan

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Katharina Gsöllpointner

Head of the Department International Programmes in Sustainable Developments at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Climate Walk – what a tremendous idea! I am more than happy to support this project since our department’s fundamental function is to equip young people with the inter- and crossdisciplinary competencies, skills, and abilities that serve them as an indispensable basis for their engagement with the Grand Global Challenges.

Image credit: Ana Loureiro Fernandes

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Christoph Görg

Social Ecologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria/Bonn, Germany

Hiking is like doing research: critically scrutinizing what already exists and looking for something better.

Image credit: Pilo Pichler

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Herta Nöbauer

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna, Austria

I find the idea of grounding this project on walking across Europe fantastic and convincing in ecological, social, political, and methodological terms. We may expect surprising insights from this project for comprehending climate issues from perspectives hitherto less noticed. It is a pleasure for me to share experiences and knowledge with this team of young, engaged wanderers.

Image credit: Erika Pechtl

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Melanie Pichler

Political Scientist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

I support the Wanderers of Changing Worlds as I like the integration of scientific and everyday knowledge as well as the transformative approach of the project.

Gertrude Saxinger

Social anthropologist at the University of Bern and the Austrian Polar Research Institute APRI

Contemporary societal and ecological challenges require a new thinking about futures for the globe. Walking triggers ideas. Let’s become Wanderers of Changing Worlds!

Peter Schweitzer

Professor and Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna; Director of the Austrian Polar Research Institute

Walking is one of the best ways for experiencing and knowing the world. And Climate Walk is a wonderful project at the intersection of science and activism, full of youthful energy.

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Gonçalo Vieira

Physical Geographer / Director of the ULisboa College on Polar and Extreme Environments and Scientific Coordinator of the Estrela UNESCO Global Geopark, Lisbon, Portugal

Wanderers of Changing Worlds is an excellent initiative to assess climate change problems at the local and community level, involve the communities and showcase issues and solutions that can be used for promoting sustainable development from the individual to the policy level.

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