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.



Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Social Sciences

Are you ready to turn your research results and knowledge into innovative business ideas? Join our workshop on entrepreneurship and innovation which we jointly organise with the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Vienna.

23 and 24 January 2024


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

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, FM4 interviewed Marcela Torres Heredia and Judith Götz about their new book Fem(ni)zide, co-authored with Cari Maier and Kyra Schmied. The authors address the particularities of patriarchal violence against women, lesbians, intersex, non-binary, trans and agender people in Austria. (In German)

Fellowship and award winners

We warmly welcome our new sowi:docs Fellows! Ariadne Sevgi Avkıran (science and technology studies) will investigate the expectations of neural machine translation, Aleksandra Maria Fila (development studies) creativity in the Polish neoliberal transformation and Felix Lene Ihrig (sociology) healthcare for genderqueer people in Austria.


(by Katja Mayer and Carsten Horn)

In our blogpost we delve into the complexities of the in/visibilities of inequalities in the global digital transformation. In particular, we explore the theme inspired by Noopur Raval’s thought-provoking commentary on the notion of “ghost work.” Raval’s commentary challenges the discourse surrounding the invisibility of workers from the Global South ...

Fellowship and award winners

Susanna Azevedo, doctoral candidate in sociology, is a member of the DOC team working on “Explicit and Implicit Rules of Competition”. Carmen Elsayad, doctoral candidate in development studies, is part of the second DOC team project that the ÖAW funded this year, namely “Understanding the Global Value Chain for Coffee from an Intersectional Perspective”. Congratulations!

Fellowship and award winners

The Nachwuchsnetzwerk Politische Kommunikation awarded the PolKom-Kickstarter-Fund 2023 to communication scientist Selina Noetzel for her research project on political microtargeting. The funding will be used for recruiting a heterogeneous group of research participants in a follow-up study. Congratulations!

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.


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.

New publications by ViDSS students

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Visual Disinformation in a Digital Age : A Literature Synthesis and Research Agenda. / Weikmann, Teresa; Lecheler, Sophie.

In: New Media & Society, Vol. 25, No. 12, 12.2023, p. 3696-3713.

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Feministische Solidarität als Möglichkeit eines dekolonisierenden Dialogs über Differenz. / Heuser, Alina Meike.

In: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, Vol. 36, No. 4, 28.11.2023.

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Exploring the Impact of a Digital Counseling Tool on Family Caregivers: An Initial Program Theory Based on Realist Methodology. / Clement, Theresa; Gabl, Katharina; Eppel-Meichlinger, Jasmin et al.

In: Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol. 2023, 9961758, 14.10.2023, p. 1-13.

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The political contention of LGBTQ+ communities in the digital age - state of the art, limitations, and opportunities for comparative research. / Brändle, Verena K. (Corresponding author); Eisele, Olga; Kulichkina, Aytalina.

In: Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 03.10.2023.

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Unintended Stopover at a Service Area: Waiting for State Authorities to Unblock the Street. / Anranter, Michael.

In: Mobility Humanities, 30.09.2023.

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Wie lässt sich das Recht auf Arbeit umsetzen? Erfahrungen mit einer Arbeitsplatzgarantie für Langzeitarbeitslose . / Quinz, Hannah; Flecker, Jörg.

Von Heidenreichstein nach Marienthal. ed. / Nikolaus Dimmel; Karl A. Immervoll. Vol. 2 1. ed. Linz : pro mente edition, 2023. p. 93 - 106.

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Policy as infrastructure : Enacting artificial intelligence and making Europe. / Pham, Bao-Chau; Davies, Sarah.

Technopolitics and the Making of Europe: Infrastructures of Security. ed. / Nina Klimburg-Witjes; Paul Trauttmansdorff. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2023. p. 125–140.

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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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