Monika Mayrhofer

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
+43 (1) 42 77 27462
Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1. Hof, Stiege II, A-1010 Wien





  • Expertisen im Bereich Anti-Diskriminierung und Diversität, (Umweltbezogene) Migration, Menschenrechte und Klimawandel, Europäisches und Internationales Menschenrechtssystem, Rassismus, Gender und Queer-Studies, politische Theorie und Menschenrechtstheorie, Asyl und das Recht auf Bildung
  • Forschungsprojekte im Bereich Europäisches Menschenrechtssystem, Migration und Klimawandel, Zugang zum Recht, Anti-Diskriminierung, Rassismus, Gender und Ökonomie, Gender und Migration (auf nationaler sowie auf EU-Ebene)
  • Organisation und Koordination von (Forschungs-)Projekten, Netzwerken und Workshops
  • Lehrtätigkeit, Vorträge und Kurse in den Bereichen der Politischen Theorie, European Studies, Migrationsforschung, Gender- und Queer-Studies und Menschenrechtspolitik
  • Verfassen von Publikationen und Projektberichten


  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, Team Asyl, Anti-Diskriminierung und Diversität, Projekte (Auswahl):
    • The concept of vulnerability in the context of human rights, Forschungsprojekt gefördert durch den Österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds (FWF), Projektnummer: P 32130-G31 (2019-2022) (Projektleiterin)
    • ClimMobil: Judicial and policy responses to climate change-related mobility in the European Union with a focus on Austria and Sweden, Forschungsprojekt gefördert durch den Klima- und Energiefonds (ACRP11 - ClimMobil - KR18AC0K14747) und in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Raul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Schweden (Oktober 2019-September 2021) (Projektleiterin gemeinsam mit Margit Ammer)
    • Migration, Climate Change and Social and Economic Inequalities, Forschungsprojekt gefördert durch StartClim2016
    • FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European (external and internal) Policies, Research Project funded by European Commission FP 7 (Leader of Workpackage 4 on Instruments and Institutions of Human Rights Protection) (Mai 2013-April 2017)
    • ClimAccount - Human Rights Accountability of the EU and Austria for Climate policies in Third Countries and their possible Effects on Migration (Projektleiterin) (März 2014-Juni 2016)
    • Vulnerability and Non-Discrimination, Intersections, Contradictions and Complementarities, Short-Term Research Project funded by Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien
    • MIND THE GAP – Measuring (in)equality in Croatia, Lead: Centre for Peace Studies (Zagreb), funded by DG Justice
    • ClimMig - Climate-induced migration and the need for new legal, normative and institutional frameworks, funded by the Climate and Energy Fund of the Federal State (abgeschlossen im Juni 2013)
    • Twinning Project "Establishing a comprehensive system for anti-discrimination protection", Croatia (abgeschlossen im Juni 2013)
    • RED Network combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance, funded by the European Commission (abgeschlossen)
    • “INTEGRACE – Integrating Refugee and Asylum-seeking Children in the Educational Systems of EU Member States: Evaluation and Promotion of Current Best Practices” funded by the European Refugee Fund (abgeschlossen)
    • “Access to Justice – A sociological study on cases of discrimination in the EU” on behalf of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (abgeschlossen)
  • Lektorin an der Universität Wien, Institut für Internationale Entwicklung und Institut für Politikwissenschaft, und an der Ramkhamhaeng University, Institute of International Studies, Bangkok
  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Institutionelle und Heterodoxe Ökonomie, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
  • Studienassistentin am Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien


  • Doktoratsstudium der Politikwissenschaften (2002-2008)
  • Postgraduiertenlehrgang „European Integration“ am Institut für Höhere Studien Wien, Abteilung Politikwissenschaft
  • Studium der Politikwissenschaften, Philosophie und Geschichte an den Universitäten Wien und Kopenhagen (1996-2002)

Publikationen (Auswahl, akademische und nicht-akademische)

  • Monika Mayrhofer (2019) 'Climate Change, Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Mobility', in: Grant, Peter/minority rights group international (ed.) Minority and Indigenous Trends 2019. Focus on climate justice, London, pp. 53-67.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2019) 'Cambio climático e inmovilidad' (blog entry), 15 Juli 2019.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2019/forthcoming) 'Gender (in)equality, disaster and human rights - the CEDAW Committee and General Recommendation No. 37', in: Yearbook of International Disaster Law.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2019/forthcoming) 'The institutional architecture of human rights in the EU', in: Wouters, Jan, Nowak, Manfred, Chané, Anna-Luise and HAchez, Nicolas (eds.) The European Union and Human Rights: Law and Policy, Oxford University Press.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2019) ‘Collecting Statistical Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Characteristics and Expression’, in Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte/journal for human rights, Vol. No. 1.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2018) 'Opportunities and Pitfalls of Anti-discrimination Policies in the European External Action Service', in: Peace Human Rights Governance, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 51-74.
  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2018) ‘The role of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights in the field of equality and non-discrimination’, in: Benedek, Wolfgang et al (eds.) European Yearbook on Human Rights 2018, 573-596.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2017) 'National Human Rights Institutions and Their Monitoring Function', in: European Yearbook on Human Rights 2017, pp. 223-236.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2017) ‘Rethinking the role of development banks in climate finance: Panama’s Barro Blanco CDM project and human rights’, in: Law, Environment & Development Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 1-19, available at, together with Jane Hofbauer, Beatriz Felipe Pérez and Paola Villavicencio Calzadilla.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2017) ‘Human Rights and the Clean Development Mechanism: Lessons Learned From Three Case Studies’, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 51-71, together with Jane Hofbauer Wolfgang Obergassel, Lauri Peterson, Florian Mersmann and Jeanette Schade.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2017) Good practices of collecting (in)equality data, Project Report 'MIND THE GAP - Measuring (in)equality in Croatia', Vienna.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2017) Migration, Climate Change and Social and Economic Inequalities. Endbericht von StartClim 2016.F. in StartClim 2016: Weitere Beiträge zur Umsetzung der österreichischen Anpassungsstrategie, Auftraggeber: BMLFUW, BMWF, ÖBf, Land Oberösterreich.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) Climate Change and Migration—Dimensions, Concepts and Policy Responses from a Human Rights Perspective, in: Panorama: Insights into Asian and European Affairs, 1/2016, pp. 141-153.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) Displaced, Evicted or Resettled by Climate Change Measures – Neglecting the Rights of Affected Communities in the Case of the Bujagali Hydropower Plant, pp. 65-74, in: Kurswechsel, together with Florian Mersmann.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) 'Human Rights Performance in EU Climate Policy. The Role of European States in Climate Measures, and Access to Justice for Affected Populations.' Synthesis Report ClimAccount, available at (120pp.), together with mit Margit Ammer, Jane Hofbauer, Florian Mersmann and Jeanette Schade.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) 'Improving Human Rights Performance in EU Climate Policy - The Role of European States in Climate Measures and Access to Justice for Affected Populations' (Policy Brief 2016), available at available at (16pp.), together with Jane Hofbauer, Florian Mersmann, Jeanette Schade.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) 'Panama "Barro Blanco" Case Report', COMCAD Working Papers Series on Environmental Degradation and Migration, together with Jane Hofbauer.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (ed.) (2016) International Human Rights Protection: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions - a Case Study, Work Package No. 4 – Deliverable No. 3 of the FRAME project, available at
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2016) Not Good Enough Politically: A Political Science Analysis oft he EU’s Human Rights Framework, in: Benedek, W., Benoît-Rohmer, Florence, Kettemann, Matthias C., Klaushofer, R. & Nowak, Manfred (Eds.) European Yearbook on Human Rights 2016, Graz, 213-222.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2015) Minderjährige Asylsuchende und Flüchtlinge: das Recht auf Bildung in Österreich. Hürden, Versäumnisse und Barrieren bei der Umsetzung von internationalen Menschenrechtsstandards und EU-Rechtsnormen, Wien, ÖGfE Policy Brief, 28'2015.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (ed.) (2015)  International Human Rights Protection: Identifying Gaps, Tensions and Contradictions, FRAME Deliverable 4.2.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2015) Anti-Discrimination and the European External Action Service - Case study on how an EU body addresses social factors that hinder the protection of human rights, in: Eva Maria Lassen (ed) Report on in-depth studies of selected factors which enable or hinder the protection of human rights in the context of globalisation, FRAME Deliverable 2.2.
  • Monika Mayrhofer and Margit Ammer (2014) People Moving in the Context of Environmental Change: The Cautious Approach of the European Union, in: European Journal of Migration and Law 16, pp. 389-429.
  • Heinrich Böll Stiftung Europäische Union (2014) Time to Act – How the EU can lead on Climate Change and Migration, Belgium (Authors: Margit Ammer, Monika Mayrhofer, Alex Randall, Jo Salsbury).
  • Monika Mayrhofer et al. (2014) International Human Rights Protection: Institutions and Instruments, Work Package No. 4 - Deliverable No. 4.1.
  • Lassen, Eva Maria (ed) (2014) Report on factors which enable or hinder the protection of human rights, Work Package No. 2 - Deliverable No. 2.1. (Authors: Eva Maria Lassen, Monika Mayrhofer, et al.)
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2014) BIM Position Nr. 3: Gleichbehandlung als Menschenrecht, auch erschienen als Kommentar der Anderen in der Tageszeitung "Der Standard", Juni 2014.
  • Theodora Manolakos and Monika Mayrhofer (2013) Handbuch zur Sammlung von Gleichstellungsdaten (engl. Version), Zagreb.
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2012) 'European Union Anti-Discrimination Law', in: Nowak, Manfred/Hofstätter, Tina/Januszewski, Karolina Miriam (eds) Vienna Manual on Human Rights, Vienna: NWV, 194-197.