Petra lives in Vienna and graduated from the Vienna University of Technology (MSc. Urban and Regional Planning, 1998). She worked with a consultancy for 10 years, specializing in regional development projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, Petra is employed at the Department for Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning (UT Vienna), center of regional planning and regional development. She teaches regional planning and regional development and organizes international student projects. Her fields of research are regional planning and development, cross-border cooperation, European Union policies and gender mainstreaming.