University of Vienna

The Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna has developed into a dynamic centre of teaching and research in Austria. Research carried out in the Department focuses on public policy, governance, migration and integration policies, gender, political participation, identity politics in Europe and the development of democracy in the EU and in East, Central and South-eastern Europe. Members of the Department play a leading role in the newly established graduate school Vienna School of Governance as well as in the “Initiativkolleg Cultures of Difference” which deals with political, economic and spatial transformation processes.

The Department is highly experienced in carrying out externally funded research projects. It participates in the framework programmes of the European Commission and other European and international research initiatives.

Furthermore, a new research group on the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion (IN:EX) was created in 2008 under the lead of Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger. Its main research focus lies on issues related to the governance of diversity in the fields of migration/integration with a particular interest in political mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion regarding three dimensions of democratic inclusion, namely: access to rights, practices of participation, and feelings of identity and belonging.

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Role within the project

Prof. Sieglinde Rosenberger is responsible for starting up the project, and for collecting and delivering Austrian content to the various work packages.

Involved members

Sieglinde Rosenberger is professor of political science at the University of Vienna. She was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Women's Studies at San Diego State University (1991/92), at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University (2003/2004), and at the European University Institute in Florence (2007). She serves as scientific mentor at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Sphere. Her research interests comprise the following areas: migration and gender studies, political participation, populist parties and democracy. Together with Birgit Sauer she was coordinator of the STREP project VEIL (Values, Equality and Differences in Liberal Democracies) under the 6th EU Framework Program (2006 to 2009) which focused on debates, frames and regulations concerning the Muslim head scarves in eight European countries.

Sarah Meyer studied Political Science at the University of Vienna. Since 2007 she is participant in a post-graduate program at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), writing her PhD thesis on the politicization of European integration in Austria. She is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, and works as a researcher in the SOM project.

Teresa Peintinger studied Political Science and International Development at the University of Vienna. During her studies she increasingly focused on European migration and asylum policies. In her master thesis she examined the linkages between development cooperation and migration policies within the context of a growing external dimension of EU-immigration policies. Currently, she is a researcher in the SOM project.