Waltraut Urban is an economist and used to be industrial consultant and China specialist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) for many years. Since 2011 she has been working freelance as a researcher focusing on China-EU, China-Austria and the New Silk Road. She is a lecturer at the Austrian Institute for China and Southeast Asia.
She studied economics at the University of Vienna, taught at various universities (Vienna University of Technology, Vienna University of Economics and Business, etc.), was a member of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (wifo) and the Austrian Institute for International Politics (oiip).
Waltraut Urban has followed China’s economic development closely since the beginning of the reforms. She traveled to China for the first time in 1980 and most recently in the summer of 2018, following the footsteps of the Silk Road from China to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Her research led to numerous publications in academic and non-academic fields.