The Institute for Advanced Studies is an independent, non-profit research Institute covering the areas of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Since its inception in 1963 the IHS has been, and continues to be, committed to the highest quality standards of research and postgraduate education.

The Institute strives for top performance internationally in the following areas:

  • Theoretical and empirical cutting-edge research with socio-political and economic policy relevance; 
  • Development and advancement of human resources through internationally renowned training programs and personnel training;
  • Scientific policy advice based on rigorous empirical and theoretical foundations in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology;
  • Informing the public about fundamental economic and social problems and policy choices.

Find out more about the IHS in the Position Paper What makes the IHS unique in Austria? and the IHS-Jahresbericht 2012/13

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The Academic Research and Teaching Group offers MSc and PhD programs in economics and specializes in academic research. The Applied Research Group is mainly conducting contract research for public and private clients.


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For prospective MSc Economics students
Economics seminars in Vienna

Monitoring the quality of life has become an important issue besides attaining economic growth. The QUALITY OF SOCIETY AND PUBLIC SERVICES study for Eurofound offers new insights into access, user opinions and crisis-related insecurity. Within the EU-FP7 project NEUJOBS, we investigate the structure and size of EMPLOYMENT IN THE CHILDCARE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION SERVICE SECTOR, and if it offers employment chances for older workers. For more information please contact Michaela Gstrein.

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The Department of Political Science is committed to advanced basic research on the logic of multi-level politics in Europe. It is a distinguished member of the international scholarly community and offers a three-year post-graduate program in political science.

Seminars and Events

The research project PACE – Parliamentary Communication of Europe is generously sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (2012-15). We explore the communication function of national parliaments in European affairs across member states. In particular, PACE investigates both the parliamentary communication efforts and their coverage in the national media combining quantitative and qualitative data with a media content analysis.

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The Department of Sociology offers a three-year postgraduate training in Sociology of Social Practices. Teaching is closely linked to the departmental basic research of contemporary societies and comparative empirical research in special societal fields.


The research project Between Moralisation and Colonialisation: The Fairtrade Case is generously funded by the OeNB. The aim of the project is to investigate how and in relation to which practices the so-called “fairtrade-market” is enacted and, while doing so, moves in a tension between moralising market values and an economic colonialisation of morals. By drawing on theories of practice, this project takes into account the different settings and related practices informing the fairtrade market.

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