My career path has started from a practical technical background, completing an apprenticeship in roof construction. Engaging increasingly in nature conservation in different world regions brought me to do bachelor’s studies in Biology and master’s studies in Social Ecology, both in Vienna, Austria. For my master’s thesis I spent a year Mumbai, India, where I conducted a socio-metabolic study on the manufacturing of clay bricks burnt from fertile agricultural soil to be used for stock expansion in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Currently I am doing my PhD at the Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna, dealing with societal stocks and flows on the Greek island of Samothraki. As co-coordinator of a transdisciplinary project that builds the framework for my PhD, I am intensively engaged with a comprehensive socioecological system analysis of this island community plus practical transition management in collaboration with many partners.