O. Univ.-Prof. MMag. Dr. Ingeborg Gabriel

Ingeborg Gabriel

Curriculum vitae (as of 18/05/20)


Academic studies:


·        Ph.D. in Theology, University of Vienna (1989)

·        MA in Theology, University of Vienna (1986)

·        Post-graduate Studies in International Relations, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna (MA) (1976)

·        MA of Social Sciences and Economics, University of Vienna (1974)

·        French Summer University at the University of Dijon and Lyon (summer 1970, 71, 72); Russian Summer University (1973, 1975 Moscow), Spanish Summer School (1974 Madrid)

·        Studies in history, philosophy and literature

·        Matura, Wels, Austria (with high honors) (1970)

·        Exchange Student, American Field Service, Long Beach, California (high school certificate with highest honors) (1968/69)


Academic and international working positions:


  • Chair of Social Ethics, Faculty of Roman-Catholic Theology, University of Vienna and head of the department since 1997 (first woman to hold a chair in the Faculty of Catholic Theology since its foundation)

  • Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Cultural, Religious and Economic Affairs at Boston University (autumn 2008)

  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Roman-Catholic Theology, University of Vienna, Head of the Institute of International Ethics (1994-1997).

  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Roman-Catholic Theology, University of Vienna (1982-1996), responsible for the organization of peace conferences of the Institut für Friedensforschung (Institute for Peace Studies)


  • Free-lance journalist with Austrian TV (1980-1981)


  • Professional with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (1976-1980)

                  Assistant Resident Representative in Mongolia (1979/1980)

                  Junior Professional Officer in Nepal (1978) and New York (1976/1977)



Academic Teaching Experience:


Wide range of teaching experience. I have been teaching


  • all main courses for students in theology (about 1200 at our faculty) in Philosophical Ethics (two semesters / two hours, undergraduate level), Modernity, Ethics and Catholic Social Thought (one semester / two hours, graduate level), and Political and Economic Ethics (one semester / two hours, graduate level)


  • Seminars (mainly graduate level) on a wide range of topics, mainly on political, economic and ecological ethics in an interreligious and ecumenical contexts (e.g. ethics of human rights, democracy, international development, peace ethics and reconciliation, but also on secularization, fundamentalism, interreligious dialogue and ethics in ecumenical dialogue); also in interdisciplinary cooperation mainly with the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences.


  • Research seminars for graduate including many PHD students. At present there are about ten students from Austria, Croatia. Rumania, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Congo and South Corea doing their PhD in the field of Social Ethics.


  • Wide range of experience in non-academic teaching - courses on applied ethics for different groups and organizations from business executives (for whom I designed a programme “Ethics and Spirituality”), to women, teachers and Church organizations.


  • Courses taught at the Vienna Christian-Muslim Summer University-(2006, 2008; 2010) on Basic Christianity for Muslims and Justice in the Contemporary World.



Academic Functions:


I held a wide range of academic functions and served on as well as headed many commissions:


·        Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology (2010-2012  )

·        Member of the Senate of the University of Vienna (1997-2006; 2010-2013 ),

·        Head of the Department of Social Ethics (since 1997).



Academic Associations and Advisory Boards:

  • Asian Horizons Member of the Editorial Board (2020-)
  • since 2011 President of the Society of Social Ethics in Central Europe (Vereinigung für Sozialethik in Mitteleuropa)
  • Founder and President of the Centre for Ecumenical Ethics (since 2008)
  • Member of the European Society for Catholic Theology
  • Member of the Society for Moral Theology and Social Ethics
  • Member of the Societas Ethica, European Society for Ethics
  • Member of the Austrian Association for Jewish-Christian Reconciliation
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Journal of Business Ethics (Cambridge) (1999-2005)
  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Journal Inter (Interconfessional, Interreligious) in Cluj/Rumania (since 2007)


Involvement in Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue:

Interreligious Dialogue (main activities):


  • Initiator and now Co-Director of the Vienna Christian Muslim-Christian Summer University which was held in St. Gabriel/Mödling in 2006; and in 2008 and 2010 in Stift Altenburg, Austria: three weeks official summer course of the University of Vienna focusing on ethics, law and religions in which about fifty students from all over the world participate with teachers from Austria, Morocco. Lebanon, India, Pakistan, Bosnia; (funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education), cf. vicisu.com; at present we are developing the Network for a Better World for better communication among the alumni.


  • International Network on Promoting Female Leadership in Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, Trialogue organized in Vienna, 24 – 26 June 2010; next conference will be held in June 2012 (with the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).


  • Participation and papers presented at Austrian-Indonesian Conferences in 2009 and 2011 (programme to be continued).


  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Vienna Christian-Muslim Round Table (Vicirota) between 2001-2008.


  • Papers given at VICIROTA conferences in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (proceedings have been published in several languages).


  • Participation and papers at the Austrian-Iranian Conferences in Teheran and Vienna (1996, 1999, 2003, 2008) on ethics, and law in Christianity and Islam (proceedings published in German, Farsi and Arabic).


  • Participation in the Abrahamic Group Vienna (1995/1996)


  • World Conference on Religions and Peace (WCRP), establishment of the first chapter in Austria (1989 – 1994).



Ecumenical Dialogue (main activities):


  • Research Project: Ecumenical Perspectives in Social Ethics (since 2004 ongoing) organization of conferences, the proceedings of which have been published up to now in four volumes:

Ecumenical Conferences held and in planning:


·      Ethics and Economics: International Ecumenical Conference at Vienna University in November 2012.


·     On Solidarity. The Search for New Solutions: Conference of the Society of Catholic Ethicists in Middle Europe, Vienna 28-30th April 2011 and Young Ethicists Forum (for the first time with participants from the other churches) (publication forthcoming)


·  Looking back on Communism (Kommunismus im Rückblick. Ökumenische Perspektiven (1989-2009): International Ecumenical Conference, Vienna November 2009.


·       The Political Culture in Europe and the Christian Churches: Human Rights, Democracy and Nationalism, International Ecumenical Conference, Vienna November 2007.


·        Solidarity and Justice: International Ecumenical Conference, Vienna November 2005.



Papers presented on a wide range of subjects at other conferences (see below)Between Relativism and Fundamentalism project of the CURA Institute of Boston University under the direction of Peter L. Berger (2006-2008)

Scientific Adviser to the Ecumenical Social Word of the Churches in Austria (1999-2003)

Member of the group on Social Ethics in Orthodoxy (since 2008) organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.



Public, Church and Volunteer Activities:


·     Special Representative of the OSCE on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also Focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions (2017 and 2019)


·     Vice Chair of the Ethics Commission of the Bank Schelhammer&Schattera, Vienna (member since 2005)


Director of the Austrian Justice and Peace Commission, global Catholic Network (since 2008); Member (1998-2007);


Board of the Afro-Asiatic Institute of Vienna (1997-2007);


Designing and fundraising for support project for social service stations (hospice and children’s home) in Korosten, Ukraine (near Tschernobyl), visits since 1998;


Member of the International Women’s Service Club “Soroptimist”, President of the Club in Vienna (2001-2003);


Volunteer in the American Field Service Organization (1970-1974)



German (mother tongue)
English (high proficient)
French und Russian (UN-proficiency)
Spanish (rusty)