Caritas Vienna Community and Neighborhood Work has been committed to a socially just, lively and inclusive development of districts and neighborhoods in Vienna and Lower Austria in the Archdiocese of Vienna since 2012. An interdisciplinary team of 30 people with a wealth of experience promotes self-empowerment, participation and solidarity in the neighborhood, district or community with a wide range of projects.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Katharina Kirsch-Soriano da Silva
Katharina Kirsch-Soriano da Silva completed a diploma and doctorate in architecture at the Vienna University of Technology – with research stays in Germany and Brazil – and accompanies projects in various contexts of community work. Since 2014 she is head of the Community and Neighbourhood work at Caritas Vienna. She also works as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology. Her work focuses on civil society engagement, socially sustainable and participatory development of neighbourhoods, social and inclusive housing, migration and integration as well as health promotion.
Mag. Lisa Plattner
Lisa Plattner completed a master’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Vienna University where she primarily focused on Urban Anthropology as well as on food and migration studies. Lisa conducted field work in West Africa on female youth migration and has been working at Caritas Vienna for more than 10 years within different departments, e.g. from 2016 to 2021 she was managing the project Community Cooking. Lisa currently leads a team within the Community and Neighbourhood work of Caritas Vienna that focuses on successful community engagement initiatives related to diversity, inclusion and sustainability in urban neighbourhoods. Since 2021 she is a certified trainer for Social Justice and Radical Diversity.
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Christina Gugerell
Christina Gugerell is a graduate agricultural and food economist. In 2021 she completed her doctorate at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. In her doctorate studies, she researched ecological and social innovations in the food sector. In addition to her activities for the ToNoWaste project at Community and Neighbourhood work of Caritas Vienna, she works for the NGO “Bread for the World” on the development of educational programs on the subject of climate justice. In her free time, she is involved in Vienna’s Food Policy Council, a civil society platform for the transformation to a socially and ecologically sustainable food system for Vienna.
Mag. Julia M. Tauber´
Since 2010 Julia M. Tauber is responsible for finances and subsidies of community projects at Caritas Vienna. She is well experienced in the management of EU grants as project lead and partner (e.g. Erasmus+, Creative Europe, AMIF, Interreg). While studying Cultural Management and being trained in the „European Diploma in Cultural Project Management” she was working as a freelancer on different cultural projects for institutions like the International Theatre festival SCHÄXPIR (2002 – 2006 Organisation, since 2006 International Relations), the Austrian broadcasting station ORF/Radio Ö1 or the City of Linz. Julia M. Tauber worked on European collaboration projects as an employee at „InfoRelais“ – Counselling for European Cultural projects in a regional context as well as for other institutions (e.g.: Dschungel Wien Theater, Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Festwochen, Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Astrée).