Key Staff


Ronald J. Pohoryles is Chairman of the board of directors of the ICCR Foundation and ass. Prof. for comparative political systems , experienced in social science research for more than 35 years. His research expertise covers European integration emphasising public policy analysis, science and technology with emphasis on internationalisation, green economy & environment and technological integrated assessment. Overall, his work relates to a comprehensive understanding of sustainability, bringing together economy, environment, society and democracy. He has co-ordinated more than 100 research projects. His publications include numerous articles and books on the above topics.

Furthermore, he is editor-in-chief of the journal The European Journal of Social Science Research — Innovation, published with Routlege-Taylor&Francis Group, which he has launched in 1986.

Since 2013 Ronald J Pohoryles is Member of the Commission for the Promotion of the Environment of the Austrian Ministry of the Environment (§ 7 Law on the Promotion of the Environment).

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David Alcaud is sociologist and a specialist for regional sustainable development. He studied Political Science at the Institute of Political Science in Paris, Comparative Literature at Canterbury (UK) and the University of Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Sociology at the University Paris X Nanterre. Ph.D. Doctoral Thesis in Political Science (cum Laude) at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, under the supervision of Marc Lazar. He was leading the EU project on regional sustainable development (EURO-COOP). His professional experience is director at the ICCR Foundation Paris office and Associate Researcher with the CURAPP (CNRS, UMR 6054). He has teaching experience science at the Paris and Lille Institutes of Political Science.


Associate Editor of INNOVATION

Currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (University of Cambridge)and Erwin Schrödinger Research Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Alice Vadrot is social scientist holding a PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Her main research interest is the role of knowledge and science in politics and policies. More specifically she is interested in the role of scientific and lay knowledge in international politics and international relations and the values and norms of states, interest groups and Civil Society Organisations. This is relevant for the development of a better understanding of the processes that lead to epistemic authority, legitimacy and scientific and political self-evidence. In this respect she has developed a theoretical framework: the concept of‘epistemic selectivities’.

Her current research focusses on biodiversity & sustainability policy and politics.

Vadrot holds a Ph.D in Political Science focussing on the establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In 2014 she published her book The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity (Routledge). In her Master thesis she has analysed the theoretical implications of the science-policy interface in biodiversity politics from a Foucauldian perspective. From 2008-2009 she has studied Philosophy (with a focus on Philosophy of Science) at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne and from 2005-2010 she studied Slavonic studies (with a focus on Russian language) and philosophy at the University of Vienna.

From 2010 to 2014 Vadrot was working at the ICCR foundation, where she has been involved in several research projects studying the governance, regulation and production of knowledge in different policy fields and at different levels of policy making. She is Associate Editor of ‚INNOVATION- The European Journal for Social Science Research‘. Since 2012 she teaches at the University of Vienna (department of Political Science).



Dorothea Tommasi is assistant editor of ‘Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research’ and intern at the ICCR Foundation and holds currently the position as part-time study assistant at the Institute for European Integration Research. She studies political science at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include European Integration and International Political Economy. In 2015 she has published ‘The Importance of Power in the Political Economy. What happened to Adam Smith’s legacy?’ as contribution to the edited book ‘Die Aktualität von Adam Smith’ (The relevance of Adam Smith). As editor of an open issue of Innovation (Vol. 28-4, 2015) she has published ‘Social Innovation in times of crisis’. In her Bachelor thesis she has analyzed the institutional changes caused by the economic crisis and the political response of the European Union and its effect on democratic legitimacy of the EU.



Roxanne Powell is a social science researcher and an editor specialised in research and policy writing. Since she completed her Ph.D. thesis at the London School of Economics in 1995, she has worked for a European think-tank and a government research centre in Rotterdam, a European association in Vienna, and the ICCR. She is now an established freelance researcher and editor in Vienna.

Her research work includes: scientific co-ordination of EU projects, co-ordinating project-related activities and liaising with organisations from many EU countries; compiling specialised glossaries (in the fields of innovation and railway transport); project knowledge dissemination through Internet, newsletters, etc.

Her editorial experience includes: in-depth editing of books and Ph.D. theses; revising translations; editing and proofreading project newsletters, company newsletters and annual reports; final editing and/or quality control of research proposals and ‘deliverables’ of EU-financed research projects; editing and (re-)writing web content.