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Monika Mayrhofer

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


Curriculum Vitae

Key competences

  • Areas of expertise: anti-discrimination, intersectionality and diversity, climate change and mobility/migration/displacement, climate change and human rights, European and international human rights system, racism, gender and queer studies, political theory and human rights theory, asylum and right to education
  • Research projects in the area of equality and non-discrimination, climate change and migration/displacement, European and international human rights system, access to justice, racism, gender and economy, gender and migration (Austria, EU)
  • Organisation and coordination of (research) projects, networks and workshops
  • Teaching, lectures and presentations in the areas of climate change and mobility, political theory, european studies, gender and queer studies, cultural studies and human rights policies
  • Publications and research reports

Professional record

  • Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, various projects including:
    • The concept of vulnerability in the context of human rights, Research project funded by Austrian Science Fund  (FWF), Projektnumber: P 32130-G31 (2019-2023) (Project leader)
    • ClimMobil: Judicial and policy responses to climate change-related mobility in the European Union with a focus on Austria and Sweden, Research project funded by the Climate and Energy Fund (ACRP11 - ClimMobil - KR18AC0K14747), Project partner: Raul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law/Sweden (October 2019-January 2022) (Project leader together with Margit Ammer)
    • Migration, Climate Change and Social and Economic Inequalities, Research project funded by 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) (May 2013-April 2017)
    • ClimAccount - Human Rights Accountability of the EU and Austria for Climate policies in Third Countries and their possible Effects on Migration, Research project funded by the Climate and Energy Fund, Project partners: University Bielefeld and Wuppertal Institute in Germany (Projectleader) (March 2014-June 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 (concluded June 2013)
    • Twinning Project "Establishing a comprehensive system for anti-discrimination protection", Croatia (concluded June 2013)
    • RED Network combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance, funded by the European Commission (concluded)
    • “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 (concluded)
  • Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Institute of International Development and Institute of Political Science, and Ramkhamhaeng University, Institute of International Studies, Bangkok
  • Researcher at the Institute of Institutional and Heterodox Economics, University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna
  • Teaching Assistent at the University of Vienna, Institute of Political Science


  • Doctoral program at the University of Vienna (2002-2008)
  • Postgraduate program “European Integration” at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of Political Science
  • Studies of Political Science, History and Philosophy at the Universities of Vienna and Copenhagen (1996-2002)

Publications (Selection, academic and non-academic)

  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2021/forthcoming) ‘Intersectionality’, in: Binder, Christina, Nowak, Manfred, Hofbauer, Jane A. and Janig, Philipp (eds) Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights
  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2020) ‘Victims, security threats or agents? - Framing climate change-related mobility in international human rights documents’, International Journal of Law, Language & Discourse, Vol. 8, No. 2, 9-33.
  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2020) ‘The challenges of the concept of vulnerability in the human rights context from a discourse-analytical perspective’, Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte/journal for human rights, Vol. 14, No. 2, 156-175.
  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2020) ‘Human mobility in the context of climate change: Addressing the Normative Protection Gap in Austria’, Conference Paper for 6. Jahrestagung zur Migrations- und Integrationsforschung in Österreich, 16.-18. September 2020, together with Ammer, Margit and Hasel, Florian.
  • Margit Ammer and Monika Mayrhofer (2020): Mobilität im Kontext des Klimawandels und der „Protection Gap“. In: STIMME #116/2020 Klimaschutz mit allen für alle
  • Monika Mayrhofer (2020) '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, pp. 117-134,
  • 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) 'Gender (in)equality, disaster and human rights - the CEDAW Committee and General Recommendation No. 37', in: Yearbook of International Disaster Law, Brill/Nijhoff, pp. 233-257.
  • Mayrhofer, Monika (2019) ‘Barro Blanco and the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) Independent Complaints Mechanism’, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law (EiPro).
  • 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.
  • 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 (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.
  • 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, 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, also published as a commentary in the newspaper "Der Standard", June 2014.
  • Theodora Manolakos and Monika Mayrhofer (2013) Handbook on how to collect equality data (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.