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.

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.


(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 ...

New publications by ViDSS students

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Hunting a ‘good life’: young lifestyle migrants in Finnish Lapland. / Adams, Ria-Maria.

In: Polar Geography, Vol. 46, No. 2-3, 27.02.2023, p. 139-156.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Doctor it! Episode 8: Decolonising academia. Riegler, Nadine (Producer); Illes, Angelina (Producer); Bumann, Ninja (Producer) et al.. 2023.

Publications: Electronic/multimedia outputRadio show

Francia bringt die Machtstrukturen durcheinander. / Torres Heredia, Jenny Marcela.

In: Frauen Solidarität, 30.01.2023.

Publications: Other contribution to periodicalNewspaper/Magazine article

Doctor it! Episode 7: Parenting as a PhD. Riegler, Nadine (Producer); Bumann, Ninja (Producer); Wardemann, Rasmus Kvaal (Producer) et al.. 2023.

Publications: Electronic/multimedia outputRadio show

Zentral vs. Peripher: Persuasionswege und Einstellungsänderungen in den Arbeiten von Petty und Cacioppo. / Neureiter, Ariadne.

Schlüsselwerke der Werbeforschung. ed. / Tino Meitz; Nils S. Borchers; Brigitte Naderer. 1. ed. Wiesbaden : Springer VS, 2023. p. 159-170.

Publications: Contribution to bookChapter

Älter werdende Eltern mit Pflegeverantwortung : Eine Photovoice-Studie. / Nagl-Cupal, Martin; Falkenstein, Thomas; Werner, Marlene et al.

Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz . 2023Abschlussbericht.

Publications: Other publicationOther

Austria -Islam and Muslims in Austria. / Mattes-Zippenfenig, Astrid; Bauer, Dominique.

Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. ed. / Samim Akgönül; Jorgen S. Nielsen; Ahmet Alibasic. Vol. 14 2023. (Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 14).

Publications: Contribution to bookChapter

Contested Integration : Hegemony Projects in the Field of Education in Austria. / Dursun, Ayse Esra (Corresponding author); Wolter, Stella; Liepold, Mira et al.

In: Critical Policy Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2023, p. 464-483.

Publications: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Corona-Protest-Report II : Bericht der Forschungswerkstatt Corona-Proteste . / Daniel, Antje; Knasmüller, Florian ; Brunner, Markus et al.


Publications: Other publicationOther

Demokratiebildung: Von der Theorie zur Praxis. / Lange, Dirk; Straub, Sarah.

Doing Democratic Education in School and University: Democratic Education als Aufgabe von Schule und Hochschule. ed. / Gabriele Kulhanek-Wehlend; Sabine Hofmann-Reiter; Harald Knecht; Stefanie Wagner; Oliver Wagner; Evelyn Süss-Stepancik; Ruth Petz. Wien : LIT Verlag, 2023. p. 3-11 (Forschungsperspektiven).

Publications: Contribution to bookChapterpeer-review

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