Supervision plays a central role in the doctoral programme. Supervisors advise and support doctoral candidates in successfully completing their doctoral project.

A major task of the thesis supervisor is selecting suitable doctoral candidates and providing suitable conditions of supervision, which are documented in the doctoral thesis agreement. The confirmation of the supervision is at the discretion of the supervising academic and is obtained, if an academic research question has been defined, the doctoral candidate is sufficiently qualified and sufficient resources (time, funding, material) are available that appear to make the completion of the doctoral project realistic. Supervisors who are members of the ViDSS consent to the Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools.

Supervisory teams

The ViDSS supports close supervision by supervisory teams.

Doctoral candidates announce their supervisor/s when they register for the public presentation at the Faculty. If you have already successfully passed your public presentation at the Faculty and want to add a supervisor to your supervisory team, please re-submit the completed form Registration of the doctoral thesis topic and announcement of the supervisor/s (SL/D11) (“Changes to the original application”) and your doctoral thesis agreement to the StudiesServiceCentre ( Both documents have to be signed by all supervisors.

Supervisory teams may comprise also advanced postdoctoral researchers.


  • Florian Arendt
    Health communication
  • Hajo Boomgaarden
    Media effects on political cognition, attitudes and behaviour | advancements in content analysis techniques | media, immigration and populist, extreme right parties | european integration – public opinion and media coverage
  • Tobias Dienlin
    Privacy | well-being | social media | media effects | experimental designs | longitudinal designs | structural equation modeling | open science
  • Sabine Einwiller
    Public relations | strategic communication | crisis & conflict management
  • Gerit Götzenbrucker
    Critical technology and media analysis: impacts of new information and communication technologies | social network analysis | digital game studies
  • Rainer Gries
    Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies
  • Jürgen Grimm
    Communication and society | communication theories | journalism | political communication | media entertainment | development and application of methods
  • Folker Hanusch
    Comparative journalism studies | journalism culture | lifestyle journalism | indigenous journalism | journalism and memory
  • Friedrich Hausjell
    History of media and communication | journalism research | media and communication politics | migration, diversity and the media | disability and the media | public broadcasting | media competence
  • Petra Herczeg
    Children in our communications society | cross-cultural communication
  • Sophie Lecheler
    Political communication | political journalism | digitalisation and political media | news processing | emotions in news and politics | experimental research
  • Jörg Matthes
    Advertising | content studies | media content | reception & effects | research methods
  • Katherine Sarikakis
    Media governance and organisation | European media and cultural policies and European integration | international communication | gender and feminist epistemology in communication and cultural policy and international communications
  • Annie Waldherr
    Computational social science | public sphere | social media | political participation | science & technology discourses
  • Claudia Wilhelm
    Gender and media | intersectionality | children, adolescents and media | reception and effects | social media | digital deviance
  • Julia Wippersberg
    Strategic communication | media competence


  • Eva Beaujouan
    Fertility and family | demographic change | unions and births over the life-course | quantitative methods | level of education & gender | international comparisons
  • Wolfgang Lutz
    World population | demographic methods | development of birth rates | demography and sustainable development | population projections
  • Erich Striessnig
    Demography and sustainable development | population projections | spatial demography | demographic methods | demographic transition

Development studies

  • Petra Dannecker
    Development sociology and development politics | globalization and migration processes | islamization processes in South and Southeast Asia | gender studies, international gender politics, and gender and migration | methodologies and qualitative methods | science-policy nexus | area expertise on Asia | transnationalization and development
  • Eva-Maria Muschik
    History of development, international organizations, humanitarianism, decolonization
  • Cornelia Staritz
    Development economics | international trade and trade policy | global value chain and production networks | commodity-based development | financialization and commodities

Nursing science

  • Hanna Mayer
    Research methodology | qualitative nursing science | didactics and research
  • Martin Nagl-Cupal
    Family centered care | home care | pediadric care | living with chronical illness

Political science

  • Dorothee Bohle
    Comparative Political Economy (varieties of capitalism, institutional political economy, welfare states & industrial relations, financialization) with a specific focus on East Central Europe
  • Ulrich Brand
    Historical-materialistic analyses of state, democracy and globalisation | historical-materialistic policy analysis | ecological crisis and global environmental governance | regional focus on Latin America | the role of knowledge in international politics
  • Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik
    Welfare states | parties and party competition | political elites | patronage and politicization in the public sector
  • Gerda Falkner
    European Union policies in the fields of digitalisation, welfare, working conditions, equality, and democracy
  • Sylvia Kritzinger
    Political behaviour | electoral research | democratic representation | europeanisation of party politics | quantitative methods
  • Dirk Lange
    Civic Consciousness | democratic education | inclusive citizenship education | migration and civic education | civic education research | historical political education
  • Karin Liebhart
    Visual political communication | visual and discursive representations of politics | political cultures and popular cultures | rightwing populism and rightwing extremism | memory politics
  • Oliver Marchart
    Political theory | social theory | theories of democracy | history of political ideas | social movement research | political discourse analysis
  • Thomas Meyer
    Political institutions of representative democracies | political competition | political communication | coalition politics
  • Patrick Müller
    European studies | global governance and international institutions | European foreign and security policy | conflict resolution | Middle East
  • Wolfgang C. Müller
    Coalition politics and governance | party competition | political elite behaviour | Europeanising and legislation | comparative government and politics, with a special interest for Austrian politics, and political economy
  • Carolina Plescia
    Voting behavior | electoral systems | digital democracy | public opinion | political psychology
  • Barbara Prainsack
    Health policy | practices, institutions and politics of solidarity | political, social and ethical aspects of Personalised Medicine | data-rich practices in science and medicine | regulation of DNA technologies in medicine and forensics | comparative science & technology policy
  • Sieglinde Rosenberger
    Inclusion and exclusion in the context of migration | Austrian politics and Europeanisation | political participation | governance and differences
  • Birgit Sauer
    Politics of gender relations | governance and gender | theories of state, democracy and institutions | politics and culture and comparative policy research
  • Peter Slominski
    European Integration with focus on EU energy policy | the EU’s fight against climate change
  • Alice Vadrot
    Global environmental politics | practices, discourses and institutions in international biodiversity politics | institutions interfacing science and policy & global environmental assessments | knowledge and power in international politics | international marine biodiversity politics
  • Markus Wagner
    Issues and ideologies in party competition and vote choice | British politics
  • Fabio Wolkenstein
    Democratic theory | political representation | political ideologies (esp. Social democracy, conservatism and Christian democracy) | theories of partisanship and activism | constitutional theory
  • Christopher Wratil
    Political representation and behaviour | European Union politics | public opinion | populism | advanced quantitative methods

Science and technology studies

  • Sarah Davies
    Critical studies of science communication, public engagement with science, and amateur science | public interactions with digitised science and technology | the contemporary conditions of academic work and knowledge production | digitisation within scientific knowledge production
  • Ulrike Felt
    Questions of the development and interaction of different forms of knowledge, research communication as well as participation and governance in technoscience | the importance of time/temporality in technoscientific constellations | topics relating to the politics of knowledge, focusing on changes of research cultures as well as institutional reforms, questions of quality assurance mechanisms, etc.
  • Maximilian Fochler
    Changing cultures and practices of academic knowledge production | entanglements of academic knowledge production with other societal logics (particularly the economy) | societal responsibility of science | institutional change in the organization and communication of science | participation of publics in knowledge production processes

Social and cultural anthropology

  • Ayse Caglar
    Globalisation and transnationalisation processes | transformations of nation states and the changing property relations | migration | urban restructuring and migrants | cultural industries | transnational legal spaces | citizenship | ethnographies of the state | Roma in Europe | family law | European cultural policies, immigrant cultural production and cultural industries | nationalism and nationalist discourses | theories of ideology, popular and consumer culture
  • Marie-France Chevron
    Theory, epistemology of Social and Cultural Anthropology | history of German-speaking and French Ethnology/Anthropology (19th–20th century) | theories of social and cultural transformation | digitalization | theory in urban anthropology – development of urban areas in Africa and Europe
  • Manuela Ciotti
    Identity politics | art world | politics of materiality | modernity | political agency | gender and politics | Dalit communities | postcolonial studies | social media | digital anthropology | politics of representation | Global South | India and South Asia
  • Sabine Grenz
    Qualitative empirical methodology | gender methodology and epistemology | gender, diversity and intersectionality | gender, secularism and religion | gender and sexuality/sexualities (especially in connection with commercial sexuality) | historical perspectives on gender constructions | institutionalisation and history of gender studies
  • Janina Kehr
    Political anthropology of health and illness | global infectious diseases, biopolitics and planetary health | hospital spaces and places | healthcare and the economy | biomedicalization, pharmaceutical consumption and the environment
  • Wolfgang Kraus
    Social and cultural anthropology of North Africa and the Middle East | ethnolinguistic identity and current political developments in Morocco | tribal societies – identity and socio-political forms | memory and historical awareness
  • Tijo Salverda
    Elites and power | economic anthropology | resistance and struggles for a better life | Indian Ocean | Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Peter Schweitzer
    Anthropology of climate change | indigenous movements | cultures and identities | mobilities (of people and ideas) | postsocialisms | social-ecological systems | history of science
  • Tatjana Thelen
    Kinship and political anthropology (including gender and generation, citizenship and ethnography of the state, Roma) | care and social security | post-socialist transformations (with special emphasis on Hungary, Romania, eastern Germany) | relational theory and social networks
  • Sanderien Verstappen
    Visual and multimodal anthropology | (in)visibilities | mobility – migration, transnationalism, displacement | development – urbanization, residential segregation, rural-urban linkages | Global South Asia
  • Patricia Zuckerhut
    Feminist anthropology | Post- and Decoloniality | anthropology of sexualized and gendered violence | peasants | household and community | anthropological concepts of personhood | cosmovision | Latin America with focus on Mexico


  • Caroline Berghammer
    Social stratification research | quantitative methods | family sociology | life course research | international comparative research
  • Sabine Blaschke
    Trade union structures in Austria | women and trade unions | gender and organisation | gender at work
  • Valeria Bordone
    Age and ageing (population ageing, individual ageing, subjective age, active ageing) | family sociology (intergenerational relationships, grandparent(hood)) | life course research | quantitative methods of social research
  • Roswitha Breckner
    Visual sociology | methodology and methods of interpretative social research | concepts of the “other” | migration sociology from a biographical perspective | biography and social politics | National Socialism in Germany and Austria
  • Monika De Frantz
    Social movements, democracy, publics, civil society, populism, governance, institutional change | spatial conflicts, cities, regions, borders, nation, transnational politics | culture, diversity, sustainability, legitimacies, modernity critiques | interpretative, comparative, participative, interdisciplinary approaches | Europe, Austria, CEE, North America, globalisation
  • Emma Dowling
    Sociology of social change | emotional and affective labour | social reproduction and welfare state transformation | globalisation and transnational civil society | sociology of financialisation
  • Jörg Flecker
    International comparison of changes to employment systems | working in transnational value chains | dynamic networking of organisations and the quality of work | public service transformation in European welfare states
  • Eva Flicker
    Sociology of film, media and communication | visual sociology | group dynamics/teams/organisations | gender research | career paths of academics
  • Yuri Kazepov
    International urban sociology (poverty, segregation, governance, local social policy, city regeneration projects, multilevel governance, EU-state-city relations, life situation analysis) | comparative social policy (welfare regimes, social benefits, activations policies, migration, rescaling and regionalising of social policy, citizenship, cross-country comparison, EU and social policy)
  • Bernhard Kittel
    Experimental social justice research | experimental committee decision-making and election research | employment and labor market research | international comparative analysis of welfare states and industrial relations
  • Franz Kolland
    Social gerontology (education in later life, culture of ageing, lifestyles, use of new technologies) | educational sociology (students’ behaviour and study paths) | sociology of developing countries (tourism)
  • Michael Parzer
    Culture | social inequality | migration | interpretative social research
  • Michaela Pfadenhauer
    Phenomenologically oriented sociology of knowledge | social constructivism as paradigm of social sciences | cultural change and mediatisation | challenges of social robotics for sociality | life-world analytical ethnography
  • Christoph Reinprecht
    Migration studies | social stratification and social inequality | political sociology | theory and methodology of participatory intervention research
  • Elisabeth Scheibelhofer
    Migration | mobility | transnational social relations | methodologies and methods of interpretative social research
  • Nadia Steiber
    Quantitative methods | social inequality and social mobility | employment and labour market research | population ageing | education sociology | family sociology | life course research | international comparative research
  • Ulrike Zartler
    Family sociology | childhood sociology | separation/divorce and their consequences | sociological analysis of family and child laws | qualitative methods in childhood and family research