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)


Current publications:

The Political Economy of Skill Formation in a Rentier State: The Case of Oman

International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training, 9(1), 23–43.

Margarita Langthaler / Stefan Wolf / Tobias Schnitzler

February 2022

Against a backdrop of dwindling oil resources and increasing unemployment rates, the governm ...

Policy Note 37

Vocational Education for Industrialisation. The case of Oman in a regional perspective.

Margarita Langthaler

Wien, March 2021

As part of its 2040 Development Strategy, the Sultanate of Oman aims at industrial diversifi ...

Briefing Paper 30

Skills for Green and Just Transitions. Reflecting on the role of Vocational Education and Training for Sustainable Development.

Margarita Langthaler / Simon McGrath / Presha Ramsarup

Wien, February 2021

The human capability to learn is widely regarded as one of the most important resources for  ...

Briefing Paper 28

Digitalization, education and skills development in the Global South: an assessment of the debate with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

Margarita Langthaler / Homa Bazafkan

Wien, November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified discussions about the digital revolution, but has also ...


Bildung und Gegenhegemonie in peripheren Transformationsprozessen: Das Beispiel der bolivarianischen Bildungspolitik in Venezuela

Journal für Entwicklungspolitik XXXVI/ 2-2020, S 55-81

Margarita Langthaler

Wien, September 2020

Im bolivarianischen Prozess Venezuelas, der 1999 mit dem Wahlsieg von Hugo Chávez begann, sp ...