Mag. Mag. Gabriele Pessl

  • Education and Employment
Researcher, Sprecherin für Jugendliche und sozial Benachteiligte
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Sociology of education

School drop-out, early school leaving

Youth in transition

Education policy

Biographical research

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  • Gabriele Pessl studied Sociology (GEIKU - branch of humanities) and African Studies and obtained her degrees in 2009 and 2013 (MMag. Phil). From 2005-2007 she worked as stipendiary at IHS. Since 2009 she is member of the academic staff. She is recently working on her thesis on the meanings of early school leaving policies in biographies of early school leavers, thus combining biographical case reconstruction and discourse analysis.



  • Publications

    Research Reports

    Gabriele Pessl focuses on research questions in the fields of education and social inequality, approaching the significance of education for societal development in a holistic manner. She is recently working on her doctoral thesis on meanings of early school leaving (ESL) discourses in the biographies of young persons who left school early, asking how ESL related discourses structure biographies and how they are appropriated biographically. The project thus combines biographical case reconstruction and discourse analysis. Both interpretative approaches are theoretically based in sociology of knowledge.

    Danube University Krems: Lecture on societal aspects of continuing education, given in the post-graduate course 'Professional Teaching and Training'.

    March 2015, December 2018

    University of Vienna, Institute for Sociology: Research Seminar (Forschungslabor, Forschungspraktikum) on qualitative education reserach (with Martin Unger).

    2010-2011, 2012, 2014

     Selected presentations

    • Interaction of statist policies and civil society support. The case of integration and support of refugees in Austrian education. Lecture with Lorenz Lassnigg at the ETMU Conference 2019: Solidarity, Participation, and Politics, 14-15 November 2019, Tampere University, Finland.
    • Early school leaving in biographical and discourse perspective. Lecture at the Middle-Term Conference of RC04 Sociology of Education, International Sociological Association, 24-26 July 2019, RUDN University, Moscow.
    • Früher Bildungsabbruch von Jugendlichen – biografische Perspektive. ExperInnen-Input im Rahmen des bundesweiten Erfahrungsaustausches, Koordinationsstelle Lehrlings- u. Lehrbetriebscoaching, WKÖ, Wien, 27 Sep 2017, Wien.
    • Zur Situation der frühzeitigen AusbildungsabbrecherInnen – Problemlagen der Jugendlichen, strukturelle Faktoren & aktuelle Herausforderungen für das (Aus-)Bildungssystem. Gemeinsamer Vortrag mit Mario Steiner auf der BMB-Tagung AusBildung bis 18 für Alle, 22 Sept 2017, Salzburg.
    • Between subjective and institutional factors – findings from a biographical study on ESL in Austria. Lecture at the International Conference: School success, school failure and Early School Leaving: political, institutional and subjective factors, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, 12-13 May 2016, Barcelona.
    • Kompetenzfeststellung im Spannungsfeld zwischen Empowerment und Ökonomisierung – eine Diskursanalyse. Gemeinsamer Vortrag mit Elfriede Wagner auf der 2.Österreichischen Konferenz für Berufsbildungsforschung, 8.-9. Juli 2010, Steyr.