Our staff members
Here you find our represented faculty in alphabetical order with brief descriptions and contact information for each person.





BRANDNER, Vera, Dr.Holding a postdoc position at the Institute of Sociology since September 2017, Vera Brandner is responsible for participative qualitative research within the project “Chill die Basis”. After studying photography and media design at Vienna’s Graphische and in Arno Fischer’s master class for photography in Berlin, she graduated from the Institute of International Development at the University of Vienna, where she focused on intercultural education and cultural difference. In 2017, she earned her PhD in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary method development at the Department of Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg. As head of the intercultural art association of ipsum (, she has conceptualized and implemented projects in Angola, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine, Uganda, Austria and Germany since 2003.

Main focus of research: educational inequality and cultural difference, qualitative and participative research, inter- and transdisciplinary methods and methodologies, photographic practice in research.

More informations about Vera BRANDNER:

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phone: +43 512 507-73433

Room: w 2.20

EKICI, Betül

Betül EkiciDepartment Secretary

phone: +43 512 507-73420

Room: w 2.05 

GLOBISCH, Claudia, Ass.-Prof. Dr.

foto_globisch_claudiaClaudia Globisch holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Erlangen (dissertation on right-wing and left-wing anti-Semitism) and is currently working on a project (Habilitation) concerned with the sociology of crisis.

Since October 2010 she is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Innsbruck, coordinating the field "Methods of Social Research." She is part of the curriculum commission as well as of the faculty board.

She has worked at the Departments of Sociology at the University of Erlangen (Prof. Ilja Srubar, 2007-2008) and the University of Leipzig (Chair of Social Policy, Prof. Georg Vobruba, 2008-2010).

Her research focuses on anti-Semitism and right-wing-extremism, poverty/social inequality, biographic-narrative research, sociology of knowledge, qualitative social research, and sociological theory.

She´s part of the Editorial Committee of the "Explorations of the Far Right" book series at ibidem-Verlag.

More informations about Claudia GLOBISCH

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HACKAUF, Horst, Dr.

Horst HackaufHorst Hackauf studied sociology, political science, pedagogy and economics at the University of Frankfurt/Main. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and economics and finished 1996 his Ph.D. thesis at University of Bremen at the graduate college ‘life course and social policy’.

Since October 2006 he is lecturer at the institute of education at the University of Innsbruck, since 2014 Lecturer at Fresenius University of Applied Science Munich und since October 2017 he is Senior Lecturer at the institute of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck.

He has worked at Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) (Prof. Lee Rainwater / Prof. Timothy Smeeding),  the Department of Medicine at the University of Göttingen/ AQUA (1995-1996) and the German Youth Institute e. V. in Munich (1997-2005) (EU-projects: „The health status of young people in the EU“, „EU communication networks about health projects concerning young people (management), DJI-Kinderbetreuungsstudie 2005“.

His research focuses on health concerning young people, poverty/social inequality, quantitative social research (especially longitudinal data), international country comparisons, educational research, sociology of education, youth sociology, sociological theory.

He is since 2001 founding member of the German Network for Mental Health (GNMH), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie, DGVT, Freiburg, (, since 2002 expert for the EU, GD SANCO, Luxembourg, since 2012 member of the board of Sozio Topos e. V., Munich

More informations about Horst HACKAUF:

phone: +43 512 507-73427

room: w 2.22
Office hours: By arrangement


HANSELMANN, Ina, M.A.Ina Hanselmann studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg, where she completed hands-on courses on both quantitative and qualitative research. For her Master´s degree she shifted focus to epistemic sociology and social theory. She graduated with a well-received thesis on the conditions of veridiction, based on intertwining readings of Foucault´s parrhesia with Boltanski and Thévenot's On Justification.

During her studies, she took part in research projects at the University of Freiburg, other renowned research institutions as well as the business software producer SAP. From her viewpoint rooted in the sociology of knowledge, she applied her knowledge of research methods and methodology to various subjects, always achieving telling results.

Since May 2017, Ina Hanselmann has been employed as a research fellow for a project in the field of educational sociology, focusing on access and retention of non-traditional students to and at higher education facilities in the region of Tyrol in Austria. Her work as a PhD Student in the sociology program takes a closer look at the relation of the theoretical value and the empirical occurrence of narrations of authenticity as a focal point in school career decisions.

More informations about Ina HANSELMANN:

phone: +43 512 507-73410

Room: EG-O-E.02-d

HOLTKAMP, Carolin, M.A.

Carolin HoltkampCarolin Holtkamp did her B.A. in “International Cultural and Business Studies” at the University of Passau (2008-2012) focusing on international development and alternative business models. She then studied the M.A. “Sustainable Economics” at the University of Kassel (2012-2016). In Kassel she developed her interest for traditional communities and traditionally sustainable ways of living and economic activity. Within the international discourse of traditional peoples and communities she analyzed mountain farmers’ communities in South Tyrol. Since May 2017 she works as university assistant at the department of sociology at the University of Innsbruck doing her PhD in the field of rural and regional sociology with a special emphasis on social innovation in mountain farming communities.

More informations about Carolin HOLTKAMP:

phone: +43 512 507-73414

Room: w 2.07

KIRCHER, Christoph, MA MSc

Christoph KircherChristoph Kircher studied economics and social sciences at the universities of Bozen and Bremen. He then moved to Innsbruck, where he completed his master's studies in "Soziologie: soziale und politische Theorie" and "Applied Economics" in 2015. 

Since September 2017, Christoph Kircher has been a member of the Institute of Sociology, where he is working on his dissertation project „Mikrologie des Neuen: Eine Kartographie sozio-inventiver Praktiken im Anschluss an Gabriel Tarde und Gilles Deleuze“, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Research interests: sociological theory, sociology of science and technology, sociology of economics and history of sociology.

KÖRPER, Isabella

Isabella KörperPersonal Assistant

phone: +43 512 507-73409

Room: w 2.02

MÜLLER KMET, Bernadette, Mag. Dr.

Foto_Bernadett Müller KmetBernadette Müller Kmet is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Sociology since December 2015. In 2013 she acted as the absentee’s representative of the Educational Sciences Group Vienna of the University of Economics and Business in Vienna. Between 2005 and 2012 she was a member of the research group “International Comparative Social Research” at the Department of Sociology in Graz. In 2009 she finished her PhD thesis on personal, social and cultural identity. In 2009 and 2011/12 she was a visiting lecturer at the St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT). 

Her research interests focus on identity theory and research, migration research, sociology of education, social inequality and international comparative social research.

More Information about Bernadett MÜLLER KMET:

phone: +43 512 507-73423

Room: w 2.20
Office hour: by arrangement

NIEDENZU, Heinz-Jürgen, ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. (research sabbatical of one semester)

foto_niedenzu_heinz-juergenHeinz-Jürgen Niedenzu studied sociology, political sciences and educational studies at Freiburg University as well as social anthropology at Uppsala University. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Freiburg, and has taught sociology at Innsbruck University since 1983. In 1997 he joined the research group on 'Social Change' at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld as Research Fellow. In 2010 he qualified as a Professor having submitted a Habilitation thesis on the "Socio-genesis of Normativity. On the Emergence of a New Mode of Social Organization" (2011). Since 2012 he has been Head of the Department of Sociology.

In addition to several academic functions, he currently also chairs the Board of Editors of the Austrian Journal of Sociology (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, ÖZS).

He specializes in sociological theory with a particular interest in the anthropological foundations of social theory, the development of a theory of socio-cultural evolution and of models of long-term change of social structures.

More information about Heinz-Jürgen NIEDENZU

phone: +43 512 507-73407

Room: w 2.09
Office hour: on request 

RIEF, Silvia, assoz. Prof. Dr. (2017/18 and 2018/19: in Harvard)

foto_rief_silviaSilvia Rief gained her PhD in sociology from the University of London (Goldsmiths College) in 2003. Before joining the faculty at the University of Innsbruck in 2004, she taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School for Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent (2003–2004). She has also been working as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University since 2002.

Her research falls in the areas of the sociology of consumption, cultural sociology and theory, urban sociology and the sociology of space as well as gender studies. Currently, she works on sustainable consumption, subject formation in the sphere of consumption, innovation and cooperation in networks of provision and on material culture and social forms in transit spaces.

She acts as delegate of the University’s Equal Opportunity Board at the School and – ss. 

More informations about Silvia RIEF:


phone: +43 512 507-73415

Room: w 2.10

SCHERMER, Markus, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. (Vice Head of Department) (Cours Director)

foto_schermer_markusMarkus Schermer graduated in Agricultural Economics in 1983 and worked for several years in rural development abroad, in the agricultural advisory system in Austria and in spatial planning. Since 1999 he is employed at the University of Innsbruck, since 2004 as a faculty member at the Department of Sociology. Since 2008 he is associate professor for sociology. From 2004-2008 he was head of the Research Center for Mountain Agriculture. From 2010-2014 and since February 2019 he is director of studies and from 2008-2010 he was head of the department.

His research interests are:

  • social aspects of agri-food research
  • territorial aspects of regional development
  • changes of the cultural landscape in mountain regions
  • changing relations between farmers and wider society

More information about Markus SCHERMER

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phone: +43 512 507-73413

Room: w 2.18
Office hour: by Arrangement

SCHIFFMANN, Verena (on leave)

SCHIFFMANN, VerenaDepartment Secretary

phone: +43 512 507-73417

Room: w 2.05 


SCOTT, Alan, Univ.-Prof. Dr. (on leave)

foto_scott_alan_kleinAlan SCOTT is Professor of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck and Vice President (for the humanities and social sciences) of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). He has taught and researched at universities in the UK, France (as Vincent Wright Chair at Sciences Po, Paris in 2009) and Australia (UNE, NSW, 2010-13). His research areas are political sociology, social theory and Organisation Studies. He has published in leading journals, such as Economy and Society, BJS, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), Revue Française de Sociologie and the Journal of Classical Sociology and is co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology (2011).

More information about Alan SCOTT

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In matters relating to the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) please email:

STAUBMANN, Helmut, Univ.-Prof. Dr. (Dean)

STAUBMANN, Helmut, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dean of the Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology
Professor for Social Theory and Cultural Sociology

M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Vienna; postgraduate diploma from the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna.

1991-92 Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Maryland, College Park with an Erwin Schrödinger grant from the Austrian Science Foundation.

1994-97 APART-Fellow (Austrian Program for Advanced Research and Technology of the Austrian Academy of Science) at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

2012/13 Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.

Visiting Professor at UT Knoxville, FU Bozen/Bolzano and the Austrian Universities in Graz, Linz, and Salzburg.

More information about Helmut STAUBMANN


phone: +43 512 507-73406

Room: w2.13
Office hour: by arrangement

STOECKL, Kristina, Univ.-Prof. Dr.  (Head of Department)

foto_stoeckl_kristinaKristina Stöckl joined the Department of Sociology in October 2015 as leader of the FWF-funded START-project "Post-Secular Conflicts" and senior post-doc. Before that she held positions as APART Fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (2012-2015), as Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (2009-2012) and as research assistant at the research-platform World Order-Religion-Violence at the University of Innsbruck (2007-2009). She holds MA degrees in Comparative Literature (University of Innsbruck 2001) and International Relations (Central European University, 2003) and a PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute Florence (2007).

Her research areas are social and political theory and sociology of religion with a special focus on theories of secularization and religious pluralism, religious actors in politics and civil society, orthodox christianity and church-state-relations in Russia.

She has published articles in, among others, the "European Journal of Social Theory", "Religion, State and Society", "Sociology Compass", "Journal of Contemporary Religion". Her recent monograph is "The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights" (Routledge, 2014).

More information about Kristina STÖCKL:


phone: +43 512 507-73424

Room: w 2.21
Office hour: by appointment

STOTTEN, Rike, Dr.   (on leave)

Stotten_20180327Rike Stotten has studied Geography and Sociology at the RWTH Aachen University and finished her studies with a master’s thesis at the Research Institute of Organic Farming in Switzerland. She worked as a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts at the Institute for Urban- and Regional Development. In her work she looks on participatory processes in rural areas, especially regarding demographic change within the farming society and agricultural landscape. She is holding a PhD in Sociology of the University of Innsbruck and wrote her thesis about landscape perception among Swiss farmers. Since summer 2015 she is working at the Institute of Sociology and the Research Unit of Mountain Farming. Her work is focussing on qualitative (visual) social research and rural sociology.

Further, she looks on the French oversea department; she wrote a travel guide book about La Réunion and she has been teaching at a public high school in Mayotte.

More information about Rike STOTTEN

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phone: +43 512 507-73425

Room: w 2.07
Office hour: on request

UZLANER, Dmitry, Dr.


Ph.D. in philosophy and religious studies (M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University). Research fellow at Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES). Editor-in-chief of two academic peer-reviewed journals “Gosudarstvo, religiia, tserkov' v Rossii i za rubezhom” (in Russian language) and “State, Religion and Church” (in English language).

Dr. Uzlaner published numerous articles on theoretical and empirical aspects of secularization and post-secularity both in Russian and in global contexts. His current interest is focused on psychoanalysis (Jacques Lacan) and psychoanalytic approach to the analysis of social and cultural issues.

More information about Dmitry UZLANER:

phone: +43 512 507-73431

Room: w 2.21

WEICHT, Bernhard, Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr.


Bernhard Weicht is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He has studied (Social) Economics in Vienna/Austria and Social Policy in Nottingham/UK. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham where he researched the social and moral construction of care for elderly people. He continued his work on care and ageing as a Marie Curie Fellow at Utrecht University, Netherlands with a project on the intersections of care and migration regimes. Prior to joining the University of Innsbruck he worked as a lecturer at Leiden University College. He received his Habilitation at the University of Innsbruck in 2018 with work entitled “A Caring Sociology for Ageing Societies“. Bernhard has published on the construction of care, ideas of dependency, migrant care workers, the intersection of migration and care regimes and the construction of ageing and older people. He is the author of The Meaning of Care (2015) and co-editor of The Commonalities of Global Crisis (2016), both published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was chair of the European Sociological Association Research Network “Ageing in Europe” and is currently co-speaker of ESPANet Austria.

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phone: +43 512 507-73402

Room: w 2.14
Office Hours: By arrangement

WELZ, Frank, assoz. Prof. Dr.

WELZ, Frank, Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil.After studying sociology, philosophy, psychology and history at Freiburg University, Frank Welz taught and researched in Freiburg, Bielefeld, Onati, New Delhi and Cambridge. Since 2006 he teaches sociology and social theory at Innsbruck. He currently serves as Vice-president of both, the European Sociological Association (program, finances, research) and the Austrian Sociological Association.

Frank published books and articles related to sociological theory, sociology of law and the history of the social sciences. His publications include 'Critique of the life-world', 'Sociological theory and history', and 'Morality and law in the discourse of modernity'. Recent publications in English include:

N. Luhmann's Sociology of Law. In: Understanding Law in Society. Munster: Lit, 2011.

Culture in the World-System (with A. Kumar). In: Understanding Globalisation and Emerging India, N.Delhi: Palm Leaf, 2011.

100 Years of Indian Sociology: From Social Anthropology to Decentring Global Sociology. In: International Sociology 24: 635-655, 2009.

More information about Frank WELZ:

Link: homepage

phone: +43 512 507-73405

Room: w 2.11
Office hour: on request

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