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Gerid Hager

Research Project Lead

Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Gerid Hager is a research project lead in the Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability Research Group of the IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis Program. She develops participatory and educational approaches and tools to science and the understanding of systems including citizen science, serious games, social simulations, and participatory systems modeling. Hager first joined IIASA in June 2016 to lead the Systems Thinking for Transformation project (Systrans, 2016-2017). The Systrans project kick-started "The World's Future - A Sustainable Development Goals Game" - a simulation game about the interconnected nature of the human-earth system, which she has played with policymakers and students across Europe.

She has a successful track-record of managing international research teams, and is currently leading the Citizen Observatory work package of the H2020 FRAMEwork project on biodiversity in farmland landscapes (2020-2025). She led the WeObserve project (2017-2021), an H2020 Coordination and Support Action, delivering the first European-wide Citizen Observatory knowledge platform, and worked on the H2020 EU-Citizen Science project (2019-2021). From 2016 to 2019, she also led the science work package of the H2020 GROW Observatory project, a Citizen Observatory focused on engaging food growers in soil moisture sensing to underpin technology-enabled custodianship of land and soil, contributing to sustainable food production, and the validation of soil moisture satellite products.

Prior to joining IIASA, Hager was Head of Education at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, a public center placed at the interface of art, science, technology, and society. She worked as a lecturer in teacher training at the Art University Linz and as a high-school teacher.

She holds a master's degree in System Dynamics, and an MSc in Business Administration from the University of Bergen, Norway, the New University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Radboud University, The Netherlands. In addition, she holds a magister degree (univ.) in Art and Textile Design Education from the Art University in Linz, Austria.

Last update: 22 DEC 2021


Hager, G. , Kragh, G., Poulsen, M., Danielsen, F., & Begg, G. (2022). Citizen science and farmer-led innovation at the frontiers of farming and biodiversity. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.7185678. In: ECSA Conference 2022, 5-8 October, 2022, Berlin, Germany.

Hager, G. , Danielsen, F., & Kragh, G. (2022). The potential of Citizen Science for Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services assessment in agri-environmental systems. In: 4th ESP conference 2022, 10-14 October, 2022, Heraklion, Greece.

Fraisl, D. & Hager, G. (2022). How can we build trust in citizen science data to inform policy decisions and action? In: ECSA Conference 2022, 5-8 October, 2022, Berlin, Germany.

Fraisl, D. , Hager, G. , Bedessem, B., Gold, M., Hsing, P.-Y., Danielsen, F., Hitchcock, C.B., Hulbert, J.M., Piera, J., Spiers, H., Thiel, M., & Haklay, M. (2022). Citizen science in environmental and ecological sciences. Nature Reviews Methods Primers 2 (1) e64. 10.1038/s43586-022-00144-4.

Danielsen, F., Begg, G., Hager, G. , Poulsen, M.K., Le, H.T.T., & Kragh, G. (2022). Kan landmandsledet innovation fremme biodiversitet og bƦredygtig landbrugsdrift? In: Biodiversitetssymposium 2022, 23-24 June 2022.