Assistant to the University of Applied Sciences Board (Austria)
Silvia Udwary studied sociology at the University of Vienna with a focus on social structure and social integration. Her graduate research on motivation behind environmental behaviour took a holistic approach influenced by the figuration theory of Norbert Elias. Her work experience includes serving as course director for the Danube University Krems and as a freelance sociologist with various non-profit organisations. Since 2016, she has worked as an assistant to the academic board of the University of Applied Science St. Pölten. Her focus since 2017 has been on sustainable development in teaching, research and organization. This has involved participating through ERASMUS in an exchange programme at Nottingham Trent University on “Sustainable Development in Higher Education” and delivering a guest lecture in Groningen Hanzehogeschool on “Sustainable Development Goals and Social Work“ and FH Joanneum. She represents her university at SDG Watch Austria, being still strong involved with NPOs and conferences related to sustainability. Her non-academic experiences in cross-cultural hotel management (New York, London, Vienna, Dominican Republic), project management and organizational development have helped develop her unique perspectives on communicating sustainable development to different audiences.