Research Projects

Current research projects at the Department.

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Brigitte Bargetz (Project leader)

Critical Science Literacy

Project fellows: Rosa Costa, Iris Mendel

Duration: October 2015 – October 2017

Third-party funded by: Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics – "Sparkling Science" program

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand (Project leader)

Practicing Values

Project fellows: Barbara Stefan

Duration: September 2014 – September 2017

Third-party funded by: ÖAW – Austrian Academy of Sciences

emer. o. Prof. Dr. Eva Kreisky (Project leader)

Antisemitism as a political strategy and the development of democracy: the case of the Austrian Parliament 1945-2008

Project fellows: Nicolas Bechter, Karin Bischof, Marion Löffler

Duration: February 2014 – July 2017

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

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Senior Lecturer Dr. Karin Liebhart (Projekt leader)

The Austrian Presidential Elections 2016: A Case study in Visual Political Storytelling

Project fellows: Petra Bernhart

Duration: February 2017 – January 2019

Third-party funded by: OeNB – Anniversary Fund

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Univ.-Ass. Dr. Gundula Ludwig (Project leader)

The body of Demos

Duration: July 2015 – June 2018

Third-party funded by: ÖAW – Austrian Academy of Sciences (APART – Austrian Programme for Advanced Research and Technology – grant)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Marchart (Project leader)

Making Democracy. Aushandlungen von Freiheit, Gleichheit und Solidarität unter Jugendlichen

Project fellows: Ines Garnitschnig, Elke Rajal

Duration: September 2017 – September 2019

Third-party funded by: Sparkling Science - a programme of Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Programme organisation: Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) - OeAD

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Dr. Katharina T. Paul (Project leader)

KNOW-VACC: Knowledge production and governance in vaccination policy

Duration: March 2017 – February 2021

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Elise Richter grant

Dr. Isabella Radhuber (Project leader)

Intercultural Democracies: Power and Resource Flows

Duration: September 2017 – September 2018

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship

This project unpacks the power relations that accompany (and enable) intensifying resource extraction in the intercultural democracies of the Andes. These power relations interact with biophysical (i.e. material and energy) flows, analyzed through two mining related conflicts in Cuenca Poopó (Bolivia) and Intag (Ecuador). How do these multi-scale power relations around resource appropriation in form of ecological and metabolic drivers enable or limit different groups’ democratic participation? Which competing socio-political forces and resource flows define these multi-scale power relations and vice versa? How do these power relations enable or affect intercultural democracies through indigenous groups’ democratic participation? A conceptual framework for postcolonial settings has been developed, incorporating categories of space, difference and power relations and shall contribute to specifying postcolonial political dimensions in political ecology. The categories of difference and democratic pluralism enable a better understanding of societies in postcolonial settings, particularly of intercultural democracies.

Host institutions:
• Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (Professor Sarah Radcliffe)
• Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Professor Giorgos Kallis and Professor Joan Martinez Alier)

Further information about the Erwin Schrödinger-Fellowship by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sieglinde Rosenberger (Project leader)

Politics of Belonging in Spaces of Conviviality. Qualitative Analysis of Biographic Narratives and Accounts of Local Space of Autochthon Muslims in Zurich and Vienna

Project fellows: Christoph Novak

Other supervisor: Matteo Gianni (Département de science politique et relations internationales, University of Geneve)

Duration: May 2016 – April 2019

Third-party funded by: ÖAW – Austrian Academy of Sciences (Docteam-grant)


INSIDE the Deportation Gap - Social Membership for Non-Deported Persons

Project fellows: Ilker Ataç, Theresa Schütze

Duration: January 2015 – May 2018

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

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Taking Sides: Protest Against the Deportation of Asylum Seekers

Project fellow: Leila Hadj-Abdou, Nina Merhaut, Sandra Müller & Verena Stern

Duration: October 2013 – October 2017

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

In cooperation with: Université de Neuchâtel, University Osnabrück

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer (Project leader)

Affective Labor of Employment Agents Transformation of Public Services in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Project fellows: (until May 2016): Myriam Gaitsch, Franziska Meyer, Otto Penz

Duration: April 2013 – September 2017

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

National cooperation partner: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Hofbauer (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

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Mobilising narratives in a transnational space. New media as a political site for negotiating Malian-diasporic identifications

Project fellows: Syntia Hasenöhrl

Duration: October 2016 – September 2019

Third-party funded by: ÖAW – Austrian Academy of Sciences (Docteam grant)

The PhD project explores the identifications and belongings mobile agents articulate on a Malian-diasporic news portal. It investigates which opportunities for political mobilisation and, thus, agency emerge from such mediated mobilities.


MEET (Media Education for Equity and Tolerance)

Project fellows: Fanny Müller-Uri

Duration: December 2016 – November 2018

Third-party funded by: EU – European Union (Erasmus+ Programme)

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Saskia Stachowitsch (Project leader)

Integrating Feminist International Relations and Feminist State Theory – The Case of Gender and Military Privatization

Project fellow: Josefa Maria Stiegler

Duration: May 2013 – June 2019

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Elise Richter grant

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Dr. Alice Vadrot (Project leader)

Improving Biodiversity Knowledge - Conflicts & Controverses

Duration: May 2015 – June 2018

Third-party funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Erwin Schrödinger grant

This project aims at investigating the epistemic and political dimensions of emerging institutional arrangements at the interface between conservation science and biodiversity politics and policies. Specific emphasis is placed on institutional arrangements related to: 1) the integration of in-situ observation and remote-sensing, 2) the development of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs), and 3) the establishment of a global observation network for biodiversity. The project combines participant observation with semi-structured interviews and document analysis to explore the practices of legitimizing and authorizing new concepts (e.g. ecosystem services, essential biodiversity variables, biocultural diversity) emerging within international negotiation settings related to the conservation of global biological diversity.

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