Director of the Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology at the University for Music and the Performing Arts Vienna since 2011 and of the Music and Minorities Research Center since 2019. In 1987 she earned her Ph.D. in Musicology, 2001 followed her habilitation in ethnomusicology both at Vienna University. She is professor of ethnomusicology and teaches mainly at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Her main focus of research is Music and Minorities in Austria. She has published widely in the field of ethnomusicology and Music and Minorities (focus on Roma, Burgenland Croats and recent immigrant groups, refugees) and is engaged in applied ethnomusicology. She has been the chair-person of the ICTM Study Group “Music and Minorities” since its establishment in 1999 till 2017 and has been appointed General Secretary of the International Council for Traditional Music 2017. In 2018 she was awarded with the Wittgenstein-Prize for her outstanding research on music and minorities that involves socio-political engagement.