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.


(by Katrin Schmid)

“Do you mind if we swing by the hub on our way home?” We drive along the paved road through the industrial area of town, toward Iqaluit International Airport, then turn right, away from the passenger parking lot and towards a warehouse with yellow pillars out front. A large sign reads, “Canadian North, seriously northern,” yet this sign is misleading – a mark of begone ...

Radio and podcast

Paul Dunshirn was interviewed for Ö1 “Journal um acht” about the international efforts to regulate the use of genetic resources. He explains why the new treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) affects especially those companies who have benefited from the lack of regulation so far and why this indeed comes down to the question of who owns nature. (In German)

Radio and podcast

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 ...

New publications by ViDSS students

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What Can Data Justice Mean for Asylum Governance? The Case of Smartphone Data Extraction in Germany. / Josipovic, Ivan.

In: Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3, 2023, p. 534-551.

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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.

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Why Do People Like Technocrats? / Marlier, Jeanne; Kaltenegger, Matthias; Ennser-Jedenastik, Laurenz.

2023. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference 2023, Prag, Czech Republic.

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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.

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