The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences promotes innovative, excellent, problem-oriented research that aspires to contribute to societal debates and address key global challenges.

The cohorts trained and supported by the ViDSS are part of a vibrant research environment and international networks. The ViDSS encompasses and fosters connections between a broad range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. The ViDSS embraces the entire range of epistemological, methodological and theoretical approaches that are employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Doctoral candidates receive research training and write a doctoral thesis in the fields of communication, demography, development studies, nursing science, political science, science and technology studies, social and cultural anthropology, and sociology. The ViDSS aims for the highest standards in doctoral training and close supervision to ensure a mastery of social scientific debates and relevant theories and methods. As a result, ViDSS graduates are highly employable both within and outside academia.





Moritz Schlick position in the field of “Digital Political Communication”

The newly established Moritz Schlick early-career programme supports early-stage postdoctoral researchers with high potential for an academic career. In the first call for applications, the Faculty is advertising one position in the field of “Digital Political Communication”. Application deadline: 31 October 2022


Are you interested in inviting an international guest speaker?

Suggest a ViDSS International Workshop! ViDSS International Workshops are initiated by students and provide methodological training and international networking opportunities for doctoral candidates in the social sciences at the University of Vienna.


ViDSS Final Year Fund 2022

With the Final Year Fund, the ViDSS supports doctoral candidates during the final year of the doctoral studies. ViDSS students can apply for a maximum amount of € 750 for proofreading and printing costs or expenses related to self-organised workshops or conference participation.


(by Ruth Falkenberg, Maximilian Fochler, and Lisa Sigl)

A short tale of interdisciplinary publishing. Together with the natural science partners in our project Valuing, Being, and Knowing in Research Practices, we have recently published a short article in the Science & Society section of the EMBO journal. At least for one of us ...


Social and cultural anthropologist Marcela Torres Heredia explains why the outcome of the latest presidential elections in Colombia is historical and what challenges lie ahead. (mosaik, in German)


(by Daniela Paredes Grijalva)

Anthropology has been dubbed the child of colonialism and rightly so. Practices of stealing, of extracting, of taking both material and immaterial things have been widely condemned. The assumption that trained male anthropologists from the North are the only ones ...

Fellowship and award winners

Daniel Thiele was awarded the Best Paper Award at the ICA Regional Conference on Computational Communication Research 2022 for his paper “‘Don’t believe the media’s pandemic propaganda!!!’ How Covid-19 affected populist Facebook user comments in seven European countries.” Congratulations!


(by Silvia Ruiz)

The meetings of the second part of the WG2020-3 were hybrid: state delegates could give statements and text proposals on-site or online, as well as support or contest interventions of other states and NGOs online in real time if they had to isolate for 5 days ...

Fellowship and award winners

Four ViDSS students are among this year's recipients of a DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Congratulations to social and cultural anthropologists Eline Castelijns and Saskya Tschebann, communication scientist Hannah Greber and sociologist Paul Malschinger!

Fellowship and award winners

For the paper “Perceived inclusion at the workplace and the propensity to stand one’s ground in conflict situations”, Daniel Wolfgruber was awarded the Top Student Paper Award 2022 from the Organizational Communication Division of the International Communication Organisation. The paper was co-authored with Sabine Einwiller.


Living in this day and age it is almost unavoidable to encounter hate-speech and bullying. ViDSS student Senad Alibegović explains at TEDxFerhadija why small groups are possibly the best remedy for it.


In this episode, Bernd Christoph Ströhm hosts an expert interview about the Western Balkans with his research colleague Mario Holzner. Listen in when they dive into the region’s past, explain the current constitutional crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina and discuss Russia’s and China’s influence on the region.

New publications by ViDSS students

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Democratic research : Setting up a research commons for a qualitative, comparative, longitudinal interview study during the COVID-19 pandemic. / SolPan Research Commmons.

In: SSM. Qualitative research in health, 07.09.2022, p. 100158.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Labour and social inclusion paths for refugees : A comparison between Bologna and Vienna. / Mocca, Elisabetta; Paisan, Pamela; Ahn, Byeongsun.

In: Innovation - The European Journal of Social Science Research, 01.09.2022.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Radically Ordinary Lives: Young Rural Stayers and the Ingredients of the Good Life in Finnish Lapland. / Adams, Ria-Maria (Corresponding author); Komu, Teresa.

In: Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 30, No. 4, 09.2022, p. 361-376.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Who talks about what? Issue strategies across the party hierarchy. / Ennser-Jedenastik, Laurenz; Haselmayer, Martin; Huber, Lena Maria; Fenz, Martin.

In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 61, No. 3, 08.2022, p. 842-852.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

[Politics] practices of collaboration. Paredes Grijalva, Daniela (Editorial Journalist). 2022.

Publication: Electronic/multimedia outputWeb publication

Mapping hierarchies of mobility in the Baikal Amur Mainline region : a quantitative account of needs and expectations relating to railroad usage. / Sancho-Reinoso, Alexis (Corresponding author); Saxinger, Gertrude; Fink, Christoph; Povoroznyuk, Olga; Wentzel, Sigrid Irene; Illmeier, Gertraud; Schweitzer, Peter; Krasnoshtanova, Natalia; Kuklina, Vera.

In: Polar Geography, Vol. 45, No. 3, 03.07.2022, p. 157-176.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Rewiring remote urban futures? Youth well-being in northern industry towns. / Stammler, Florian (Corresponding author); Adams, Ria-Maria; Ivanova, Aytalina.

In: Journal of Youth Studies, 22.06.2022.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Democratic consequences of incidental exposure to political information: A meta-analysis. / Nanz, Andreas; Matthes, Jörg.

In: Journal of Communication, Vol. 72, No. 3, 06.2022, p. 345-373.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

What Are Petitions Good for? Institutional Design and Democratic Functions . / Rosenberger, Sieglinde (Corresponding author); Seisl, Benedikt; Stadlmair, Jeremias; Dalpra, Elio.

In: Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 75, No. 1, 06.2022, p. 217–237.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The breakthrough paradox. How focusing on one form of innovation jeopardizes the advancement of science. / Falkenberg, Ruth Ingeborg; Fochler, Maximilian; Sigl, Lisa; Bürstmayr, Hermann; Eichorst, Stephanie; Michel, Sebastian; Oburger, Eva; Staudinger, Christiana; Steiner, Barbara; Wöbken, Dagmar.

In: The EMBO Journal, Vol. 23, No. 7, 27.05.2022.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Right-wing populist affective governing. A frame analysis of Austrian parliamentary debates on migration. / Thiele, Daniel; Sauer, Birgit; Penz, Otto.

In: Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 55, No. 5, 17.05.2022, p. 457-477.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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