I enjoy addressing and finding solutions to real-life complex sustainability issues! Doctor of Social and Economic Sciences (Dr.rer.soc.oec.). I have a Human and Environmental Geography background. I completed a doctoral school Transitions to Sustainability (T2S) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).

My research interests are sustainability science, transdisciplinary research and teaching and university-community collaboration.

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. My research is aiming to develop an innovative framework for territorial intelligence in low density areas of Portugal.

Main Publications:

Keryan T, Mitrofanenko T, Muhar A, Khartishvili L. 2020. UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development Framework and the Reality of University-Community Cooperation in the Caucasus Mountain Region. Mountain research and development 40(4). https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-20-00023.1
Keryan T, Muhar A, Mitrofanenko T, Khoetsyan A, Radinger-Peer V. 2020. Towards Implementing Transdisciplinarity in Post-Soviet Academic Systems: An Investigation of the Societal Role of Universities in Armenia. Sustainability 12(20):8721. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208721
Keryan T, Muhar A, Mitrofanenko T, Tanajyan K, Khartishvili L. 2021. Challenges of and Opportunities for Implementing Transdisciplinary Case Study Approaches in Post-Soviet Academic Systems: Experiences from Armenia and Georgia. In: Klein JT, Vienni Baptista B, editors. Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity: Institutionalizing Collaboration across Cultures and Communities. Routledge.
Mitrofanenko T, Zitnanova A, Keryan T, Khartishvili L, et al. 2020. Developing and Implementing a Transdisciplinary Field Case Study Course: Manual for University Lecturers. Mitrofanenko T and Zitnanova A, editors. Vienna, Austria: BOKU ILEN. https://caucasust.boku.ac.at/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/CaucaSusT-Manual-for-Lecturers_Implementing-a-TD-Case-Study-Course_final_web.pdf

Main Projects:

Since 09/2021
Vila Real, Portugal DATA4LOWDENDENSity Lab
Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
www.utad.pt , www.cetrad.utad.pt

10/2017 – 03/2021
Vienna, Austria Transdisciplinarity for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caucasus Region /CaucaSusT/
Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPEAR)
BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
www.boku.ac.at , www.caucasust.boku.ac.at

01/2015 – 09/2017
Yerevan, Armenia Sustainable Mountain Development and Resource Governance in the Caucasus Region
SCOPES Institutional Partnership
Armenian State Pedagogical University
www.aspu.am , https://bit.ly/3rd75zH