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 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.


Get involved: PhD Clubs

The ViDSS aims at increasing the interaction between students within and across departments through supporting PhD Clubs. From the “Anthropology Club” to the “Media Psych PhD Club” – join existing initiatives or start new ones!


Sociologist Clara Holzinger explains why and how she explores the tension between traditionally monolingual organisational structures and de facto social plurilingualism. She won the Impact.Award 2022 that is awarded for outstanding dissertation projects with the potential to achieve social, cultural or economic added value.


Dealing with (linguistic) plurality has far-reaching consequences for social justice and influences the lifeworlds of all people living in a migration society. Clara Holzinger’s research is focused on public organisations, the challenges that employees and clients perceive, and the solution strategies they apply.


Do you often wonder where your time is going? Tune in to episode 9 where Rasmus Wardemann, Bao-Chau Pham and Christoph Beitl explore how we, as PhD students and as human beings, can better manage our time. Learn about the ins and outs of time management in academia and get inspiration for recalibrating your strategies of managing time.


Together with Stefan Dullinger and Alice Vadrot, political scientist Silvia Ruiz explains why the biodiversity agreement signed at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Montréal falls short of expectations and why it makes a difference whether we talk about “seas” or “oceans”. (In German)


To what extent does the legacy of colonialism influence academia and how are researchers at the Vienna Doctoral Schools aiming to overcome inequalities of power? In the semester’s final episode, our host Angelina Illes talks with Daniela Paredes Grijalva and Marcela Torres Heredia about how we can break with asymmetric power relations in academia.


Together with Barbara Prainsack, political scientist Seliem El-Sayed explains why our focus on individual control over personal data is insufficient to tackle the problems of the digital age. They argue for strengthening mechanisms of collective control over data to effectively address harmful data practices.


(by Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki)

Member States to the United Nations are meeting in Montreal, Canada to adopt the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). An Open-ended Working Group was tasked to prepare the draft text prior to the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP). As outstanding issues remained unresolved, time for discussions ...


Together with Ulrike Felt, Florentine Frantz (science and technology studies) presents the project “Borderlands of Good Scientific Practice” where they ask what good scientific practice means and for whom. Through a card-based discussion method, they encourage researchers to address the grey zones of good scientific practice. (In German)

Fellowship and award winners

We warmly welcome our new sowi:docs Fellows! Arjin Tas (social and cultural anthropology) will study the use of counterinsurgency strategies in urban restructuring in Turkey and Aleksandra Wojewska (development studies) price formation and socio-ecological transformation in global production networks in Sub-Saharan Africa.

New publications by ViDSS students

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Multiple Belastungen für Mütter während der Covid-19 Pandemie. / Dafert, Vera; Dirnberger, Petra; Zartler, Ulrike.

Frauengesundheit und Pandemie. Wie weiter?: Sammelband des Wiener Programms für Frauengesundheit. ed. / Büro für Frauengesundheit und Gesundheitsziele. Vol. Schriftenreihe Frauen*Gesundheit*Wien Nr. 3 2023. p. 167-172.

Publication: Contribution to bookChapter

What Difference Does a Railroad Make? Transportation and Settlement in the BAM Region in Historical Perspective. / Povoroznyuk, Olga; Schweitzer, Peter.

The Siberian World. ed. / V. Davydov; J. Ferguson; J. Ziker. Routledge, 2023.

Publication: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

Zukunftsorientierungen von Mädchen und Jungen nach Abschluss der NMS. / Malschinger, Paul; Schels, Brigitte Katrin.

Junge Menschen gehen ihren Weg. Längsschnittanalysen über Jugendliche nach der Neuen Mittelschule. ed. / Veronika Wöhrer; Jörg Flecker; Brigitte Schels. 1. ed. Göttingen : V&R unipress, Vienna University Press, 2023. p. 153-172.

Publication: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

The spaces in between: Constitutive moments and taypi in Latin America. / Jasser, Marie Theresa.

In: Alternautas, Vol. 9, No. 2, 29.12.2022, p. 245-252.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Constructing Discourses on (Un)truthfulness : Attributions of Reality, Misinformation, and Disinformation by Politicians in a Comparative Social Media Setting . / Hameleers, Michael (Corresponding author); Minihold, Sophie.

In: Communication Research (CR), Vol. 49, No. 8, 12.2022, p. 1176-1199.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Investigating the heterogeneity of misperceptions: A latent profile analysis of COVID-19 beliefs and their consequences for information-seeking. / Stubenvoll, Marlis.

In: Science Communication, Vol. 44, No. 6, 12.2022, p. 759-786.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Doctor it! Episode 6: Overcoming Setbacks as a PhD. Riegler, Nadine (Editorial Journalist); Pokorny, Martin (Interviewee); Zogu, Giorgia (Editorial Journalist); Wardemann, Rasmus Kvaal (Editorial Journalist); Bumann, Ninja (Editorial Journalist); Illes, Angelina (Interviewee); Kc, Aayushma (Editorial Journalist); Ströhm, Bernd Christoph (Editorial Journalist). 2022.

Publication: Electronic/multimedia outputRadio show

Finanzielles Auskommen und wirtschaftliche Zukunftserwartungen in Österreich. Kalleitner, Fabian (Author); Bobzien, Licia (Author); Schlögl, Lukas (Author). 2022.

Publication: Electronic/multimedia outputWeb publication

The way we use social media matters: A panel study on passive vs. active political social media use and affective polarization. / Matthes, Jörg; Nanz, Andreas; Kaskeleviciute, Ruta; Reiter, Franz; Freiling, Isabelle; Neureiter, Ariadne; Stubenvoll, Marlis; Sherrah, Sebastian Edward; Juricek, Sarah; Munzir, Atika Aisyarahmi; Noronha dos Reis, Iara.

In: International Journal of Communication (IJoC), 24.11.2022.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Projections of adult skills and the effect of COVID-19. / Özdemir, Caner; Reiter, Claudia; Yildiz, Dilek; Goujon, Anne Valia.

In: PLoS ONE, Vol. 17, No. 11, e0277113, 23.11.2022.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Motley territories in a plurinational state: forest fires in the Bolivian Chiquitanía. / Jasser, Marie Theresa; Radhuber, Isabella; Inturias, Mirna.

In: Third World Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4-6, 16.11.2022, p. 179-199.

Publication: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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