Margarita Langthaler

Dr. Margarita Langthaler
Senior Researcher
phone: +43 1 317 40 10 – 112

Margarita Langthaler is a researcher in the field of education and development. In her work, she focuses on education strategies in the context of development cooperation, on TVET and skills development and on education policies in developing countries. She is a political scientists and philologist by training and has been a researcher at ÖFSE since 2003.

Research Areas:

  • Education strategies in development cooperation
  • Vocational training and Skills Development
  • Education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Development Research in Austria



  • Researcher at ÖFSE  (since 2003)
  • OPEC Fund for International Development, Vienna (2000-2003)
  • Teacher at private and public schools in Perugia and Florence, Italy (1996-2000)

Research stays

  • Oman: TVET and Industrialisation (2018, 2019)
  • Research fellowship at the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Societies, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol (2012)
  • several research stays in Venezuela (2005-2009)

Teaching experience
Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna


  • Board member of the Council on „Transformative Education“ at the Austrian Commission for UNESCO
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee to the Dual Apprenticeship Research Project, University of Glasgow 
  • Board member of the Paulo Freire Zentrum
  • Consulting activities for various domestic and international institutions
  • Academic reviewing for the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)


  • PhD in Political Science at the University of Vienna (2017)
  • Academic course “German as a foreign language – theory and practice” at the University of Kassel (2005)
  • MA in Romanic and Slavic Philology, University of Vienna (1996)


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