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.



First Vienna International Graduate Conference on Social Science

The ViDSS is hosting the first Vienna International Graduate Conference on Social Science on 12 and 13 June 2024. The conference aims to provide a platform for academic exchange for the doctoral candidates from the University of Vienna and beyond. Sessions can be suggested until 30 October 2023.


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 2023

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.

Media articles and press releases

Content moderators bear the responsibility of upholding a civil discourse environment within digital platforms. A study conducted by Andrea Stockinger together with Svenja Schäfer and Sophie Lecheler explores the methods content moderators employ to achieve this goal and assesses the involvement of AI-based technological tools in their efforts.


(by Ekaterina Zhelenkova)

The importance of education on the trajectories of human life can hardly be underestimated, although its footprints are not always clear at first sight. It is no easy task to capture all the benefits it offers nor to give due appreciation to the formidable extent to which those benefits go and how they shape the wider ...

Special achievements

Arne Langlet was recently added to the IUCN High Seas Specialist Group. The Group works on building capacity and knowledge, as well as supporting new technologies, for identifying, establishing, managing and monitoring marine protected area networks and wider systems of area-based management tools in the 64% of the ocean beyond national boundaries.


(by Isabella M. Radhuber, Wanda Spahl and Katharina Kieslich)

“I find the discussion of this crisis very intriguing, because it affects so many areas of life, yes? Because everything has to be maneuvered politically, because so many areas of life are affected.” These words of a young woman anticipated the full extent of the crisis ...


(by Pouya Sepehr)

Embarking on a research visit through Circle U. is a unique opportunity that comes with minimal bureaucratic procedures. At the culmination of my four-year tenure as a university assistant and on the brink of completing my PhD, I found myself yearning for fresh inspiration and a conducive environment for writing ...

Media articles and press releases

Together with Anne Reinhardt and Claudia Wilhelm, Sophie Mayen examined how digitisation and the emergence of new media genres affect the way young people spend their leisure time. The Generations X, Y, and Z differ in terms of their media use and in how much leisure time they had at their disposal.


(by Saskia Kaltenbrunner)

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself confronted with an unusual task. Many Austrian schools expect their 7th or 8th grade students (13–15 years old) to complete so-called “Berufspraktische Tage”, where they spend some days at a workplace to gain practical experience. One student decided to visit us ...


Timo Aava, Sophie Minihold and Rasmus Wardemann discuss the thrills and troubles of academic writing and the benefits of peer exchange and support during this – supposedly – lonely task. Learn about the painful step of deleting text and what to do when things just don’t seem to go right at all.

Media articles and press releases

Together with Ulrich Brand, political scientist Gabriel Eyselein discusses the fault lines of the growth-centred EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement as it is currently negotiated. They analyse the history of the negotiations, address the role of China and Russia, and argue for a different kind of trade agreement. (In German)

New publications by ViDSS students

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Book readers in the digital age: Reading practices and media technologies. / Schwabe, Annika; Kosch, Lukas; Boomgaarden, Hajo et al.

In: Mobile Media & Communication, Vol. 11, No. 3, 09.2023, p. 367-390.

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Drop in, drop out, or stay on: Patterns and predictors of panel attrition among young people. / Malschinger, Paul; Vogl, Susanne; Schels, Brigitte .

In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ÖZS), Vol. 48, No. 3, 09.2023, p. 427-450.

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Sovereignty against extractivism : Re-centring decolonisation on Indigenous territorial struggles in Bolivia. / Andreucci, Diego; Radhuber, Isabella M.; Chávez, Marxa et al.

Neoextractivism and Territorial Disputes in Latin America: Social-ecological Conflict and Resistance on the Front Lines. London : Routledge, 2023. p. 207-222.

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Price-setting power in global value chains: The cases of price stabilisation in the cocoa sectors in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. / Staritz, Cornelia (Corresponding author); Tröster, Bernhard; Grumiller, Jan et al.

In: European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 35, No. 4, 08.2023, p. 840-868.

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Arctic Roads and Railways: Social and Environmental Consequences of Transport Infrastructure in the Circumpolar North. / Povoroznyuk, Olga (Corresponding author); Warwick, Vincent F. (Corresponding author); Schweitzer, Peter et al.

In: Arctic Science, Vol. 9, No. 2, 06.2023, p. 297-330.

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Social campaigns to social change? Sexual violence framing in U.S. news before and after #metoo. / Noetzel, Selina; Mussalem Gentile, Maria F. ; Lowery, Gianna et al.

In: Journalism, Vol. 24, No. 6, 06.2023, p. 1232-1262.

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Blaming it on NATO? Framing the role of NATO in the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on Twitter. / Kobilke, Lara; Kulichkina, Aytalina (Corresponding author); Baghumyan, Ani et al.

In: Frontiers in Political Science, Vol. 5, 1122439, 24.05.2023.

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Citizenship in times of crisis: biosocial state–citizen relations during COVID‑19 in Austria. / Radhuber, Isabella; Haddad, Christian; Kieslich, Katharina et al.

In: BioSocieties, 22.05.2023.

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Wer in Österreich als arm gilt (Ö1 Mittagsjournal). Siegert, Christina (Interviewee). 2023.

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Luck and the ‘situations’ of research. / Davies, Sarah (Corresponding author); Pham, Bao-Chau.

In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 53, No. 2, 04.2023, p. 287-299.

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