Former Employees

Here you find our former employees in alphabetical order:



Heinz-Jürgen Niedenzu studied sociology, political science and education in Freiburg and social anthropology in Uppsala. After receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of Freiburg and a study period at the University of Rennes, he moved to Innsbruck in 1983. In 1997/98 he was a member of the Social Change Research Group at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University. In 2011 he habilitated with a thesis on the sociogenesis of normativity.

In the academic self-administration he was active in various functions. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Austrian Journal of Sociology.
His research interests have been primarily in the area of sociological theory, with a focus on questions concerning the anthropological foundations of social theory, the development of a theory of socio-cultural evolution, and models of long-term change in social structures.

More information about Heinz-Jürgen NIEDENZU:
Literature and Lectures

Tel.: +43 512 507-73407

Room: w 2.09 

Pabst NEU

Stephan Pabst studied agricultural and food economics with a focus on agricultural sociology at BOKU Vienna and Wageningen University. In his master's thesis he dealt with alternative food networks in the field of agro-food studies and applied methods of qualitative social research and participatory action research. He has volunteered in international and Austria-wide networking for "Community Supported Agriculture" (CSA) or solidarity agriculture and worked on diverse farms for several years. From 2017 - 2021 he was a staff member in the "Sustainable Food Systems Research Group" at the degree program "Sustainable Food Management" at FH JOANNEUM Graz, where he holds a teaching position. Since March 2021 he is working on the FWF project " - Exploring values-based modes of production and consumption in the corporate food regime" as part of a PhD position. More information about the – Exploring values-based modes of production and consumption in the corporate food regime“.

PABST, Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.

Tel.: +43 512 507-73408
Room: EG-0-E02b3


Max Preglau received his PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in 1977 and habilitated in sociology at the University of Innsbruck in 1985. He was Professor of Sociology from 1991-2016 and Head of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck from 1991-2001 and 2003-2006.
He was a Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA in the 2006-07 academic year in the first half of 2011 Distinguished Austrian Visiting Chair Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA and in the 2nd half of 2015 Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor for Austrian-American Relations at the University of Texas at Austin, TX.

His research interests include theory and methodology of sociology; social structure and social change in Austria, Europe, and the U.S.; family, social, gender, and integration policies in Austria, Europe, and the U.S.; ÖVP-FPÖ/BZÖ turnaround coalition in Austria and its consequences. He is author, co-author, and editor of 15 books and nearly 90 book- and journal- articles.

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Scott NEU

Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology (retired) at the University of Innsbruck. He has taught and researched at universities in the UK (Oxford - Postdoc - Southampton and UEA, Norwich), France (where he held the Vincent Wright Chair at Sciences Po, Paris in 2009) and currently in Australia. He was Vice President (for Humanities and Social Sciences) of the FWF from 2013 to 2016. His research areas are political sociology, social theory, and organization studies. His scholarly work has appeared in leading journals such as Economy and Society, BJS, IJURR, Revue Française de Sociologie, Contemporary Politics, European Journal of Social Theory, and Current Sociology. Scott is co-author (with Antonino Palumbo) of Remaking Market Society (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Populism in the Asia-Pacific (2022).




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