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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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

Don’t waste the crisis : The COVID-19 Anthropause as an experiment for rethinking human–environment relations. / Fiske, Amelia; Radhuber, Isabella M.; Salvador, Consuelo Fernández et al.

In: Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2024.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Erzählen in Bewertungskontexten. / Dressel, Gert; Hutter, Evelyn; Pichler, Barbara et al.

Soziale Teilhabe - wie >schwer erreichbare< Gruppen miteinbeziehen. ed. / Elisabeth Reitinger; Gert Dressel; Katharina Heimerl. hospizverlag, 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapter

Österreichische Finanzbildungsstrategie im Kontext der Internationalen Organisationen. / Buschmann, Dovaine.

Wir alle machen Wirtschaft. Ansatzpunkte für eine zukunftsfähige Wirtschafts- und Finanzbildung.. 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

Sozialwissenschaftliche Forschung mit Dolmetscher*innen – Praktische Erfahrungen und methodische Reflexion. / Holzinger, Clara; Draxl, Anna-Katharina.

DaZwischenStationen. Dolmetschen und Flucht. ed. / Katia Iacono; Barbara Heinisch; Sonja Pöllabauer. Frank & Timme Berlin, 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

Wenn grenzüberschreitende Mobilität und Sprachkenntnisse den Zugang zu sozialer Sicherheit erschweren: Fallstudien aus Österreich. / Holzinger, Clara; Scheibelhofer, Elisabeth; Draxl, Anna-Katharina.

Die Verknüpfung von Migrationskontrolle und Sozialpolitik in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. ed. / Lisa Borelli; Stefanie Kurt; Nora Ratzmann. 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

“You Have to Know How to Wait”: Entangling Im/mobilities, Temporalities and Aspirations in Planned Relocation Studies. / Donat, Jana; Dannecker, Petra.

Entangled Future Im/mobilities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mobility Studies from the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2024.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

Circulating Visions of the Future: Analysing Policy Frame Im/mobilities among Financial Literacy Education Policies. / Buschmann, Dovaine; Sauer, Birgit.

Entangled Future Im/Mobilities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mobility Studies from the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2023.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

For Whom Do the Sleigh Bells Toll? Unwrapping Santa’s Arctic Infrastructures. Adams, Ria-Maria (Corresponding author); Meyer, Alexandra (Author); Bennett, Mia (Author). 2023. InfraNorth : InfraNorth - Building Arctic Futures.

Publications: Electronic/multimedia outputWeb publication

All the news that is fit to print? Reporting on a victim's character during a crisis. / Laufer, Daniel (Corresponding author); Einwiller, Sabine; Neureiter, Ariadne.

In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 31, No. 4, 12.2023, p. 592-598.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Kinderwunsch nach Altersgruppen: Kinderlose vs. Eltern. / Singh, Shalini; Beaujouan, Eva.

Familien in Österreich: Partnerschaft, Kinderwunsch und ökonomische Situation in herausfordernden Zeiten. 2023. (Generations and Gender Programme).

Publications: Contribution to bookChapter

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.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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