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.


Are you wondering whether your next conference presentation will be a career booster or just a waste of the time that you need for writing your dissertation? Join us as we delve into the world of presenting and networking with Birte Leonhardt and David Smrček. Getting funding, identifying fake conferences and controlling the social environment – this and more in Episode 15 of Doctor it!


(by Giorgia Zogu)

Political participation is the lifeblood of democratic governance, weaving the collective voice of the people into the intricate fabric of decision-making. In the conventional understanding, political participation encompasses a spectrum of activities ranging from voting and public discussions to contemporary forms such as internet activism and ...


In social media, misinformation is often difficult to distinguish from facts. While mis- and disinformation has been identified as one of the short-term global risks, research indicates that only a minority of people actually believe in it. Jula Lühring investigates whether emotions make us fall for misinformation or help us to recognise it and explains what role AI plays in this.

Fellowship and award winners

Political scientist Judith Goetz was awarded the Maria Ducia Forschungspreis (University of Innsbruck) and the Johanna-Dohnal-Förderpreis (Johanna Dohnal Archiv) for her doctoral thesis project on the relationship between gender-reflective political education work and the gender politics and ideologies of the Identitarians. Congratulations!


(by Carsten Horn)

10 ... 9 ... Before leaving the premises, you have to undergo a radiological control measurement. If your hands and feet are correctly placed on the probes, the countdown will begin. Nuclear energy: Once the harbinger of a new era of unlimited energy supply and prosperity has come under attack by environmental and anti-nuclear movements of the 1970s ...

Media articles and press releases

Is a job guarantee enabling long-term unemployed people to return to work? This has been investigated in the “Modellprojekt Arbeitsplatzgarantie Marienthal”, with scientific support from a team of sociologists around Jörg Flecker. Team member and ViDSS student Hannah Quinz explains why the participants’ return to work is only one of the positive outcomes of the project. (In German)


(by Paul Dunshirn, Ayşegül Sırakaya, Adam McCarthy and Irma Klünker)

Decision 15/9 of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, agreed in December 2022, constituted an important signpost in bringing genetic resource governance to the digital age. Until then, it was disputed whether access to and benefit-sharing from the utilization of DSI, a placeholder term for various types of genetic ...

Fellowship and award winners

Doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies Laura Bomm is awarded a Doktoratsfertigstellungsstipendium by the Literar-Mechana for her doctoral thesis project on citizens’ perceptions and sensemaking of plastics in contemporary Austrian society. The scholarship is awarded for up to six months for the completion of a doctoral thesis. Congratulations!

Fellowship and award winners

Social and cultural anthropologist Catherine Raya Polishchuk has received an ifk Junior Fellowship for her doctoral thesis project on urban renewal in Vienna. The fellowship is awarded by the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (University of Art and Design Linz) for one academic year and includes the possibility of a funded stay abroad in the following year. Congratulations!

New publications by ViDSS students

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Mehrsprachigkeit in der qualitativen Forschung. / Holzinger, Clara.

Springer VS, 2025. (Qualitative Sozialforschung).

Publications: Book

Self-responsibilization, the municipality, and the state: Peripheralization shaping local initiatives in shrinking small towns. / Großmann, Katrin (Corresponding author); Adams, Ria-Maria; Bolotova, Alla et al.

In: Cities, Vol. 150, 105067, 07.2024, p. 1-10.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Through the eyes of a child: the meaning and negotiation of integration from the perspective of pupils in Vienna. / Wolter, Stella; Sauer, Birgit.

In: Revista Española de Sociología, Vol. 33, No. 2, a216, 08.04.2024, p. 1-19.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The ‘European City’ at the Crossroads : Four Analytical Elements for Understanding Convergence and Differentiation. / Kazepov, Yuri Albert Kyrill; Ahn, Byeongsun; Cucca, Roberta (Corresponding author).

In: Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Vol. 115, No. 2, 04.2024, p. 267-280.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Luonto ja hyvinvointi houkuttavat takaisin pienelle paikkakunnalle. Adams, Ria-Maria (Interviewee). 2024. Finnischer Rundfunk YLE.

Publications: Electronic/multimedia outputRadio show

Radikaalin tavallinen elämä. Adams, Ria-Maria (Interviewee). 2024. online : Finnischer Rundfunk YLE.

Publications: Electronic/multimedia outputMultimedia output

Academic citizenship, together: Prioritising care and reflexivity in scholarly life. / Pham, Bao-Chau; Gregory, Kathleen; Davies, Sarah et al.

In: Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, Vol. 6, No. 2, 05.03.2024, p. 66–79.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Who gets lost? How digital academic reading impacts equal opportunity in higher education. / Kuhn, Axel (Corresponding author); Schwabe, Annika; Boomgaarden, Hajo et al.

In: New Media & Society, Vol. 26, No. 2, 02.2024, p. 1034-1055.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

A Deliberative Democracy Framework for Analysing Trust in Journalists : An Application to Italy. / Splendore, Sergio (Corresponding author); Garusi, Diego; Valeriani, Augusto.

In: Media and Communication , Vol. 12, 7251, 2024, p. 1-19.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

"Altenpfler*innen erzählen (nicht) übers Sterben und den Tod?! Über den Einbezug von sogenannten Schwer-Erreichbaren im Bereich von Palliative Care. / Hutter, Evelyn.

Soziale Teilhabe - wie >schwer erreichbare< Gruppen miteinbeziehen. Esslingen : hospizverlag, 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapter

Concept Cartoons. Methodische Grundlagen und Umsetzung in der Familienforschung. / Zartler, Ulrike; Erben-Harter, Sabine; Parisot, Viktoria et al.

1 ed. Beltz Juventa, 2024.

Publications: Book

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