Rita Strohmaier works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Graz Schumpeter Centre for studies in social and economic development (GSC). She studied Economics at the University of Graz and was visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and the United Nations University, Bonn. In her research she concentrates on the methodological and empirical investigation of general purpose technologies and radical technological change in small open economies, with a special focus on ICT. Furthermore, Rita Strohmaier has been working in the field of climate change and environmental economics. She was also affiliated with the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change and worked as a climate change analyst for UNEP, Nairobi and the FAO, Rome. Several research articles were presented at international conferences and/or were published in international refereed journals.