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EPoS „Economy, Politics & Society“ is an interdisciplinary research area in which economic, organizational, political and social structures, contexts and developments are studied. The scientific diversity of this interdisciplinary research focus facilitates mutual information about new findings across disciplinary and organizational boundaries and inspires the development of new research ideas and collaborations.

The disciplines represented in the research area EPoS from the fields of business administration, educational science, media science, work and organizational psychology, philosophy, political science, sociology, statistics and economics deal with the following theoretical, methodological and content-related focal points based on a broad spectrum of competences:

  • We research frameworks, structures and processes, behavior and decisions and their consequences for institutions, markets, companies, organizations, groups, communities and individuals in different cultural, digital and temporal-spatial contexts;
  • We develop new methodological procedures for data collection and data analysis and work with theory-based empirical and experimental approaches as well as mathematical formal modelling;
  • We deal with questions of philosophy of science, reflexivity in the theory of science, scientific practices, relational theory and methodology.

This way, we provide relevant information for decision-makers in politics, business and society on how to deal with current and future challenges.

The researchers of EPoS "Economy, Politics & Society" strive for high quality research and relevance through interdisciplinary and international cooperation; all scientific questions are examined from multiple perspectives. High-ranking publications, the quality of the submissions of competitive research proposals as well as in the promotion of young researchers in the established doctoral programs reflect our efforts.


This research area is composed of more than 400 researchers from five research centres, several research areas, two doctoral programs and six faculties. Due to the interdisciplinary orientation, we jointly focus on and research current challenges in the fields of politics, economy and society.

Advisory Board

  • Albrecht Becker
  • Alfred Berger
  • Leonhard Dobusch
  • Franz Eder
  • Bernd Gössling
  • Andrea Hemetsberger
  • Thomas Höge
  • Theo Hug
  • Silvia Jordan
  • Rudolf Kerschbamer
  • Michael Kirchler
  • Gerhard Mangott
  • Ulrich Metschl
  • Petra Missomelius
  • Kerstin Neumann
  • Annette Ostendorf
  • Ulrich Remus
  • Martin Senn
  • Wilfried Smidt
  • Birthe Soppe
  • Reingrad Spannring
  • Andreas Steinmayr
  • Nicola Stokburger-Sauer
  • Katrin Teichmann
  • Nikolaus Umlauf
  • Christine Unterrainer
  • Janette Walde
  • Markus Walzl
  • Frank Welz


Affiliated Faculties


Affiliated Doctoral Programms


Affiliated Research Groups

  • Data Science and Statistics
  • Innsbruck Media Studies

  • Innovation in Vocational Education and Training (InnVet)

    A research group introduces itself…

    The Innovation Cluster Vocational Education and Training Research (InnVET) addresses all aspects of vocational education and training in Austria: vocational schools, in-company training, dual apprenticeship programmes, cooperation in VET, professional continuing education, and human resource development. Members are the Department of Business Education and Human Resource Development of the Department for Organization and Learning, the Vocational Education Research unit of the University of Education Tyrol as well as policy and practice partners such als the Ausbilderforum Tirol.


    InnVET strengthens the cooperation between VET research and VET practice at the knowledge and innovation site Innsbruck. The research work combines questions of didactics in VET with questions of institutional change in VET systems. On this basis, InnVET contributes to theory development in the field and to innovations in Austrian VET.

  • IRKS - Law, Security and society

    A research group introduces itself…

    Starting from the already interdisciplinary Institute for Applied Sociology of Law and Crime (IRKS), we aim to promote inter-institutional and inter-faculty research cooperation on the topics of "law, security and society".

    We conduct research in interdisciplinary teams on topics such as security, crime, violence and extremism, legal norms, social control, and social work. Our studies accompany the implementation of measures and laws and record the effects of social and legal interventions using a diverse and elaborate range of methods. With our scientific findings, we pursue the central concern of strengthening the rule of law, social security and the social participation of as many stakeholders as possible.

  • Organizational Participation and Meaning in Life
  • Quantitative Social Sciences
  • SFB F63 "Credence Goods, Incentives and Behavior"
  • Sustainability 

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