ViDSS PhD students

Doctoral candidates are the most important part of our Doctoral School. They initiate and organise PhD Clubs, workshops and other activities and shape the profile and organisational development of the Doctoral School via their representatives in the ViDSS Steering Committee.

With more than 220 student members, the ViDSS is one of the largest doctoral schools at the University of Vienna. The following list features all ViDSS students who have consented to the publication of their name, the working title of their doctoral thesis project and the link to their u:cris profile, if available. The list is complemented on a regular basis.

The ViDSS closely cooperates with the Student Representation of PhD-students in the Social Sciences who represents all doctoral candidates in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences. The Student Representation advocates the students’ interests in the ViDSS Steering Committee, the Studies Conference for the doctoral programme, the Faculty Conference and appointment committees.


Hikari Abe
“Femvertising: How to empower girls and women”

Senad Alibegovic
“Building Digital Resilience in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Muhammad Hamza Amin
“Pakistan’s emerging news media practices: Influences and constraints faced by journalists in Pakistan”

Jana Bernhard
“Multiple voices in democratic discourse: Keeping up with professional political communication”

Vanja Bojanic
“Taking a stand – When companies take action on controversial issues. An analysis from the media, company and employee perspective”

Lisa Esti Puji Hartanti
“Social media influences in Indonesia: A critical case study on the status and development of media literacy”

Diego Garusi
“News media (dis)trust: Exploring the discrepancy of expectations between citizens and journalists from an ecosystemic perspective”

Paulina Godínez Estrada
“Virus detected: Hate. An analysis of the governance of hate speech against female journalists in Latin America and its impacts.”

Ricarda Götz
“Inclusivity in and of Games. A three-leveled analysis on game production, content and reception.”

Liyi Hai
“Green advertising effects and identity: What is the role of personal and social identity in influencing product attitudes and purchase intention on Chinese consumers?”

Janina Jüngst
“Film governance and female filmmaking, media governance”

Ali Karimi
“International assistance and media democratisation in Kurdistan Regional Government”

Ahrabhi Kathirgamalingam
“Pushing the limits? Long-term dynamics of racist discursive patterns in mediated discourses”

Maryam Khaleghipour
“Silent victims: The reasons for being silent about cyberbullying”

Aytalina Kulichkina

Noelle Sophie Lebernegg
“Uncovering mechanisms of deception: About characteristics, supply and spread of deliberately deceptive content”

Birte Marina Leonhardt
“Ziele, Praktiken, Rollenbilder und Boundaries interventionistischer Journalisten”

Kim Löhmann
“Periphere Akteure im österreichischen Journalismus”

Manina Mestas
“Reporting on suicide in the nineteenth century in Austria”

Sophie Minihold
“Digital Campaign Competence: The role of voters in data-driven election campaigns”

Naveen Mishra
“Exploring emotionality in political TV-debates – Journalistic emotions, mediated anger and the
role of simultaneous speech in emotionalisation of debates”

Atika Aisyarahmi Munzir
“The role of social media for the political engagement of young people.”

Ariadne Neureiter
“Misleading Green Advertising: Greenwashing claims, perceptions of greenwashing and effects on brand outcomes, moral emotions, and environmental consumer activism”

Selina Noetzel
“Why am I seeing this? Attentional, cognitive and emotional effects of online political Microtargeting”

Anna Maria Planitzer
“Transparency in automated content moderation, a user-centric approach: Towards more accountability, fairness, and transparency in automated toxicity moderation”

Andre Rathammer
“Innovationskraft am Beispiel der AGTT (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Teletest) Österreich, im Vergleich zu ausgewählten europäischen Fernsehforschungsinstituten (DE [AGF], FR [Mediametrie], CH [Mediapulse AG])”

Franz Reiter
“Positive, negative, and Dirty Campaigning in electoral communication: Perceptions, content and effects”

Manuel Rotter
“Mediatisierte Lebenswelten methodologisch betrachtet. Eine wissenschaftstheoretische Analyse zur Bedeutung, Herausforderungen und Chancen mediatisierter Lebenswelten von Kindern und Jugendlichen für die empirisch-sozialwissenschaftliche Theoriebildung in der Mediensozialisationsforschung”

Gertrude Schmutzer
“Medienhaushalte inerkultureller Paare im Kontext ihrer Medienbirografien. Eine qualitative Studie zu den Potenzialen der Fragementeriung und Vergemeinschaftung von Medienpraxis, Wissensressourcen und Gedächtnishorizonten in familären Bezieungen”

Annika Schwabe
“Books on screen – The influence of digital reading devices on fictional literature reading”

Apeksha Balkrishna Shetty
“Emotional misinformation – The role of emotion-based interventions against the spread of misinformation on social media”

Marvin Stecker
“The mobilisiation of culture – automated methods to investigate collective identities in political communication”

Andrea Stockinger
“Between feasibility, functionality, and user acceptance? The perceptions and effects of moderating toxic political talk online”

Julia Stranzl
“The role of a socioemotional internal communication approach during crisis – fostering employees’ engagement and preventing from disengagement”

Marlis Stubenvoll
“Why misinformation persists: The role of resistance to corrections in political news”

Marina Frederike Thomas
“‘Swipe Culture’: The effects of modern dating applications on young people’s socialization, romantic relationships, and well-beings”

Gerin Trautenberger
“WTF?!? This is hot s**t! Words, Tales & Fables?!? Why innovation travels from new stream to mainstream.”

Filipe Valenzuela
“Participatory culture and democratisation through media in Chile”

Teresa Weikmann
“Getting real with fakes: Characteristics, causes and consequences of ‘deepfakes’ in democracies”

Daniel Wolfgruber
“The influence of internal communication on employees’ (non) ethical behavior”


Brian Matthew Buh
“Employment uncertainty and fertility. A life course perspective.”

Leora Brooke Courtney-Wolfman
“Geography, scale, and mortality patterns in the Indigenous populations of Canada”

Afua Durowaa-Boateng
“Education and fertility dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa: A comparative study”

Aayushma KC
“Demography of IQ: Towards developing a methodology to systematically study age and cohort patterns in international IQ data”

Shalini Singh
“Individual factors and mechanisms of fertility recovery among men and women in countries with postponed fertility”

Ekaterina Zhelenkova
“Female labour force participation and the demographic dividend: Evidence from Developing Countries”

Development studies

Dominique Bauer
“Komparative (Diskurs-)Analyse von Geschlechterverhältnissen in der islamwissenschaftlichen Lehre an den Universitäten Wien, Zürich (UZH) und der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.”

David Buchwinkler
“Challenging the Blue Revolution? Local movements and the global shrimp industry in Sabah, Malaysia”

Jana Donat
“Environmental displacement and planned relocation: Im/mobile aspirations and trajectories within the context of the National Relocation Program from the Uruguayan Government”

Alina Meike Heuser
“Analyse lokaler Widerstandspraktiken gegen Bergbauextraktivismus in Peru anhand einer empirisch multisituierten Fallstudie. Intersektionale Perspektiven auf geschlechtsspezifische Kämpfe in Widerstandsbewegungen gegen Extraktivismus und soziale Ungleichheiten im Zusammenhang mit sozial-ökologischen Konflikten im globalen Kontext.”

Maximilian Hofmann
“Translocal labour regimes: The case of Bangladeshi migrant labour in the Jordanian apparel sector”

Marie Theresa Jasser
“La tierra los unió, la tierra los va a dividir. Die Rolle von Staat und Bewegungsorganisationen in Ungleichheitsbeziehungen am Beispiel der Regulierung von Land in der Chiquitania: Eine intersektionale Staats- und Bewegungstheoretische Analyse.”

Felix Maile
“Financialization and uneven development in global value chains – Lead firm strategies and the supplier squeeze in the Ethiopian apparel sector”

Shikha Sethia
“Class struggle from above and below: Labour control and agency in the context of transnational apparel suppliers in Kenya”

Adito Darmawan Sudagung
“People to people connectivity in West Kalimantan-Sarawak borderland”

Aleksandra Natalia Wojewska
“Price-setting and socio-ecological transformation in Global Production Networks. Cases of lithium and cobalt in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Nursing science

Jasmin Eppel-Meichlinger
“Erweiterung der rekonzeptualisierten Theorie der krankheitsbezogenen Ungewissheit im Kontext von Menschen mit onkologischen Erkrankungen”

Thomas Falkenstein
“Leibesphänomenologie: Für eine vertrauensvolle Beziehung”

Sabrina Laimbacher
“Exploration von Elternschaft und psychischer Gesundheit im Kontext von Migration und prekären Aufenthaltsbedingungen. Eine qualitative, explorative Studie.”

Carsten Orth
“Transitionspflege – Bedarfsorientierte Pflege im Zuge des Übergangs von der eigenen Häuslichkeit in die institutionelle Langzeitpflege”

Ana Raquel Valente dos Santos Cartaxo
“Implizierte Rationierung von Pflegetätigkeiten in österreichischen Krankenhäusern. Eine Standortbestimmung”

Martin Wallner
“Pflegerisches Handeln als ‚Soziales Programm‘? Eine kritische Analyse Theoriebasierter Evaluation als Methodologie zur Förderung des Erkenntnisfortschritts in der pflegebezogenen Wirkungsforschung”

Political science

María Belén Abdala
“From meanings to action: who finds a meaning in voting and with what consequences?”

Aleksandra Bajde
“The Europeanization of cultural diplomacy of small EU members states: Comparing Austria and Slovenia”

Diana Bashur
“Basic income in peacebuilding: A tool for social cohesion?”

Alexander Dalheimer

Deborah Drgac
“Experiental knowledge on chronic wound care. Towards value based health care?”

Paul Dunshirn
“Exploring collective action problems in the governance of marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdition”

Seliem El-Sayed
“The ethics and governance of Computational Social Science”

Gabriel Eyselein
“Kämpfe um eine nachhaltige europäische Rohstoffpolitik”

Fabian Fischer
“Entangled governance: The case of unemployment profiling in Austria”

Martin Gratzer
“Repräsentative vs. direkte Demokratie. Effekte des politischen Entscheidungsprozesses auf die Legitimitätswahrnehmung”

Nora Hansl
“Valuing vaccinations: primary care”

Elena Heinz
“Political Consequences of Partisan Prejudice”

Theresa Henne
“STATIC DATA – MOVING MINDS. Investigating the right to personal development of the child in datafied learning”

Lena Maria Huber
“The role of social groups in political communication and electoral behaviour”

Ivan Josipovic
“The politics of digital infrastructures for immigrant identification and representation in the EU”

Saskia Kaltenbrunner
“Platformisation of healthcare spaces: Examining policy debates and healthcare pathways”

Natalia Varabyeu Kancelova
“Quo vadis? Solidarität als Entscheidungskriterium zum Verbleib von Geflüchteten”

Verena Kettner
“Beyond the nuclear family. Affective regimes of care in queer life-contexts”

Mathias Krams
“Die Metagovernance der ‚Mobilität als Dienstleistung‘ auf Ebene der EU. Eine kritische Policy-Analyse”

Ado Kulović
“Critical geopolitics applied: The arctic Ocean and the seabed beyond national jurisdiction, the role of the environment in the construction of their geopolitics”

Beatriz Lasheras Mas
“Citizens’ political competence from a policy knowledge perspective”

Sabine Mandl
“Covid-19 Rekonstruktion der im politischen Diskurs verwendeten Konzepte von Vulnerabilität und deren Auswirkungen auf das Leben von Frauen und Männern mit Behinderungen und psychischer Erkrankung aus einer menschenrechtlichen und intersektionalen Perspektive”

Jeanne Marlier
“Seeking responsibility: How the strength of elite partisan ties affects political accountability”

Nicola Nagy
“Soziale Ungleichheit und politische Partizipation bei Jugendlichen – Konsequenzen für die Politische Bildung”

Koichi Osamura
“The role of portfolio positions in legislative behavior: An analysis of roll-call votes in parliaments across Europe”

Philipp Pflegerl
“Gegenhegemoniale Bestrebungen zwischen Konflikt und Konsolidierung: Die Transzendierung nationaler Grenzen im Denken und Handeln der europäischen extremen Rechten – eine ideengeschichtliche und gegenwartsdiagnostische Bestandsaufnahme”

Gorica Popovic
“Between proactivity and cheerleading – The study of EU’s role in nuclear arms control agreements and treaties”

Miriam Pot
“Un/doing differences in healthcare: A case study on the regulation and implemantation of individualized healthcare in general medicine in Austria.”

Marlene Radl 
“Media ownership networks within the context of authoritarian-populist transformations in Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary (2000–2020)”

Tobias Riedl
“The relevance of Left Keynesianism- and Degrowth-perspectives in the political management of two socio-economic crises in Germany”

Silvia Carolina Ruiz Rodriguez
“Marine spatial closures and digital multilateral diplomacy in marine biodiversity negotiations”

Alessandra Santoianni
“Implementing civic education: the Italien case”

Manuel Scharrer
“Patterns of political communication in executive legislative relations”

Nina Schlosser
“Die Kehrseite der Elektro-(Auto)Mobilität: Akteure, Praktiken und Strukturen der Internationalisierungsgesellschaft im Lithiumsektor Chiles.”

Benedikt Seisl
“Umweltpolitik zwischen Ökonomie und sozialen Normen – individuelle Präferenzen zu Adaptions- und Mitigationspolicys”

Helena Segarra
“Living in reception facitlity. Standards and conditions of reception facilities for asylum seekers in France, Hungary, Italy”

Wanda Spahl
“Health needs of refugees in Vienna, Austria. A Critical Policy Studies perspective.”

Manuela Stein da Silva Barbosa
“‘Who cares?’ – Ein staatstheoretischer Zugang zur Reproduktion intersektioneller Ungleichheiten im Zuge der Care-Arbeit in Brasilien”

Josefa Maria Stiegler
“Security legacies in Rio de Janeiro: The aftermath of sports mega-events. A critical feminist analysis”

Sarah Straub
“Mentoring Inclusive Citizenship Education. A multilevel approach of educational and democratic experience for marginalized young people through 1:1 mentoring.”

Ina Tessnow-von Wysocki
“Science-policy interfaces for ocean protection: The case of the international negotiations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)”

Daniel Thiele
“Emotional right-wing populist communication and political participation in Austria”

Muhammed Ali Uçar
“Party membership in Turkey: Understanding the involvement of political party members”

Marta Vukovic

Elias Frederik Weiss
“Parasitäre Politische Solidarität”

Roy Qizheng Yu 
“The de-europenisation of National Foreign Policy? A case study of Czech Republic and Hungary”

Giorgia Zogu
“The political participation of immigrants in urban and rural areas in Italy: An inquiry into place-based factors”

Florian Zschoche
“Vaca Muerta as vehicle for energy sovereignty? Energy policy and petro-hegemony in Argentina”

Science and technology studies

Laura Bomm
“Rethinking plastics: Citizens’ perceptions and sensemaking of plastics in contemporary Austrian society”

Esther Dessewffy
“Topologies in motion. Mapping academic engagement with simulation software for architectural design”

Ruth Ingeborg Falkenberg
“Relevant Research?! How researchers negotiate relevance to socio-environmental challenges within their epistemic living spaces”

Lisa Maria Ferent
“Biobanking: Creating, maintaining, and inhabiting a trading zone between service, research, and care.”

Florentine Frantz
“Living with the ideals of good scientific practice: Necessary fictions, distributed responsibility and reflexive care in contemporary life sciences”

Susanne Gahbauer
“Visual (re)presentations of ‘trans*’ persons during hormonal treatment: Doing and undoing the category of ‘trans*’ in Biomedicine (and beyond)”

Elif Gül
“Birth between care and control. Birthing practices in Austrian hospitals.”

Rodessa May Marquez
“A use case analysis of digital networks for sustainability: A multistakeholder approach towards an eco-friendly, recycle-focused, circular economy”

Bao-Chau Pham
“Sociotechnical imaginaries of artificial intelligence in the European Union”

Anna Pichelstorfer
“Experts in the making”

Bettina Pospisil
“Enacting through practices: The relationships between voice assistants and users”

Hugh Schmidt
“Science and Technology Studies, pandemic preparedness, standards, metrics, governance, international governance, technology of governance“

Pouya Sepehr
“Seeing and knowing the city like an algorithm; shifting from urban planning to urban programming under the smart urbanism agenda.”

Elena Šimukovič
“Of hopes, villains and Trojan horses – Open Access academic publishing and its battlefields”

Vera Ulmer
“Authorship practices in the making. On (e)valuations, responsibility and care in academic publishing.”

Rasmus Kvaal Wardemann
“Making research FAIR? Between policy imaginaries and research practices”

Social and cultural anthropology

Ria-Maria Adams
“The quest for good life: Well-being of young people in Finnish Lapland”

Michael Anranter
“Vidins New Europe Bridge – Researching imaginaries and everybody experiences in the context of a European Infrastructure Project in Bulgaria”

Eline Castelijns
“Complexities of Land, Grabs and Hopes: The Construction and Role of Rural Residents Perceptions and Expectations in the Context of Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Zambia”

Elena Davydova
“(Re)configured foodways: infrastructures and supply in remote Russian Arctic communities”

Susanne Gartler
“Practices of being on and working underneath the land – A case study in Yukon Territory”

Ilona Grabmaier
“Daheimgeblieben. Männer, Kinder und Alte im Kontext weiblicher Arbeitsmigration in der Westukraine.”

Nina Haberland“Verwandt – entwandt. Auflösungsprozesse von Verwandtschaftsbeziehungen im nördlichen Tansania”

Katrin Kremmel
“Governing asylum in rural areas: Law in practice and citizenship in action”

Sofie Kronberger
“Artificial Health: Infrastructures, Practices and Promises of AI in Global Health”

Lucia Mair
“‘Health requires solidarity’. Community Health Centres as re-emerging sites of radical political practice in urban Germany”

Alexandra Meyer
“The social impacts of a changing environment in Longyearbyen, Svalbard: An Ethnography of arctic change”

Hannah Myott
“Identitarian logics of Islamophobia, national populism, and nativism: Restrictive refugee policies in Austria and the United States”

Daniela Paredes Grijalva
“Mobilities and socio-environmental frictions in hazard prone locations at Indonesian frontiers”

Marlene Persch
“Becoming a state actor: Prison officer training in Accra, Ghana”

Catherine Raya Polishchuk
“Contradictions of urban renewal in Vienna: How social democratic legacy aids”

Lisa Francesca Rail
“Nested commons: An ethnography on the diversity, persistence, and administrative embeddedness of collective pastures in the Austrian Alps”

Quirin Rieder
“Caring through Electricity: (Re)creating political communities, subjectivities and inequality in Hunza, Pakistan”

Katrin Schmid
“Sustainable arctic transport infrastructure in Iqaluit, Nunavut”

Jenny Marcela Torres Heredia
“Wer verfügt über Wissenssysteme? Das Spannungsfeld zwischen der Reproduktion der Kolonialität und den gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen”

Saskya Tschebann
“As you lay dying: End-of-life doulas imagining a good death at the interstices of public and private care?”

Amarachi Chinyeaka Ugbor
“Exploring the perceived consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown on Nigerian migrants in Vienna: A qualitative study”


Tatjana Boczy
“The changing rules of local welfare: Territorial disparities and welfare policy institutions in times of new social risks in Austria and the United Kingdom”

Jana Brandl
“Making cities sustainable. Multilevel governance and eco-social policy integration in European urban areas.”

Mario Brändle
“Wie sich Daj Nostri in der deutschsprachigen Diaspora ihre Geschichte erzählen”

Lukas Burian
“Das Individualverhalten am Beispiel der LGBTQI+ Communitys in den ehemaligen Blockstaaten der UdSSR anhand des Konzepts der Vergesellschaftung im Kontext des Transnationalismus”

Ralph Chan
“Changing youth life course. Decision-making process in times of discontinuity.”

Vera Dafert
“Eltern in der Krise. Wie Eltern mit Kindern im Kindergarten- und Schulalter in Österreich die COVID-19
Pandemie erleben.”

Michael Duncan
“Jugendliche Perspektiven auf Selbstverantwortung und Reproduktion sozialer Ungleichheit”

Benjamin Herr
“ICT-enabled boundary-less work, work discipline and their relations to and within household arrangements”

Clara Holzinger
“A sociological approach to the role of language competence in deskilling processes”

Fabian Kalleitner
“Taxation and preferences for redistribution. Information and justice norms”

Dominik Klaus
“ICT-enabled boundarylessness and the transformation of resources and processes of identity work”

Werner König
“Diskurs und Praxis im organisationssoziologischen Neo-Institutionalismus – Eine Analyse institutioneller Arbeit am Beispiel industrieller Energieeffizienz”

Mirah Langer
“Intergenerational representations of the Holocaust in museum spaces: As the generation of direct survivors of the Holocaust sadly dies out, we are faced with new questions as to how the Holocaust will be commemorated going into the future.”

Paul Malschinger
“Ziele von Jugendlichen und wie stabil sind diese über die Zeit”

Barbara Mataloni
“The creation of action space(s) through young people’s leisure life practices: Bridging the gap between qualitative and quantitative research approaches”

Gabriele Peßl
“Früher Bildungsbruch aus biografie- und diskursanalytischer Perspektive”

Hannah Quinz
“Jobgarantie im Spannungsfeld – Anerkennung zwischen Erwerbsarbeit, arbeitsmarktpolitische Maßnahme und Erwerbsarbeitslosigkeit auseinandersetzen.”

Viktoria Parisot
“Doing and Displaying Divorce – eine Untersuchung der gerichtlich dokumentierten Praktiken ehelicher Partnerschaftsauflösung im Zuge von zivilrechtlichen Scheidungen im Verlauf des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts (1945–2018)”

Niklas Lucca Pernhaupt
“Joint imagination of automation in future everyday lives”

Anna Schachner
“Altersbilder und -konzepte älterer Menschen mit lebensandauernder kognitiver Behinderung. Eine inklusive Theorie des Alterns”

Christina Siegert
“Linked lives: Employment trajectories and poverty risk in couples”

Margarita Wolf
“Es ist auch normal hier zu wohnen: Eine soziologische Analyse von Normalisierungsprozessen in Biographien von Menschen, die auf oder in unmittelbarer Nähe des ehemaligen Konzentrationslagergeländen Gusen leben.”