Josef Hochgerner Founder Centre for Social Innovation (TBC)
Josef Hochgerner is a University of Vienna Professor in Sociology and Scientific Head of the study program M.A. in Social Innovation, launched in 2013 at Danube University Krems, Austria. In 1990, he founded the first ever research organization dedicated to social innovation, the distinguished Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) in Vienna. Prof. Hochgerner led the ZSI as Scientific Director until 2014 and is now its Strategic Adviser. From 2001-2005, Prof. Hochgerner was President of the Austrian Sociological Association; since 2004, he has served as Member of the Jury of SozialMarie, the annual social innovation award covering Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. Prof. Hochgerner is President of the European School of Social Innovation (initiated in 2011), a network connecting researchers and educators of social innovation. When lecturing at numerous universities from the U.K. to Russia, Prof. Hochgerner’s main topics of scientific interest include social innovation, innovation, social use, and the shaping of technology and globalization. As a pioneer in the field of social innovation, Prof. Hochgerner received the Great Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.