IHS - People

People at IHS in alphabetical order:

  • Mag.Mag. Gabriele Pessl

    • in_Equality and Education
    +43 1 59991 220
  • Sociology of education

    School drop-out, early school leaving

    Youth in transition

    Education policy

    Biographical research

  • Bild Gabriele Pessl
  • 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.

    Selected projects

    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Isabella Juen, Maria Köpping: Evaluierung des Jugendcoachings (2019-2020)
      Client: Ministry of Social Affairs
    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Thomas Davoine, Andrea Leitner, Susanne Forstner, Isabella Juen, Maria Köpping: Scientific Expertise on the 'AusBildung bis 18'-scheme (2017-2019)
      in cooperation with: ÖIBF
      Clients: Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Youth
    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Hermann Kuschej, Barbara Metzler: Evaluierung der Initiative Erwachsenenbildung (2016-2017)
      Client: Ministry of Education
    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Johannes Karaszek, Julia Brenner, Sarah Kowalska: Wissenschaftliche Grundlagenanalysen zur Konzeptionierung der Ausbildung bis 18 (2014-2015)
      Clients: Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economic Affairs
    • Gabriele Pessl, Mario Steiner, Elfriede Wagner, Julia Brenner, Sarah Kowalska, Andrea Kulhanek: Begleitende Evaluierung der Pilotphase von „AusbildungsFit“ (2014-2015)
      Client: Ministry of Social Affairs
    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Stefan Vogtenhuber, Julia Brenner, Elfriede Wagner: The role of VET in reducing early leaving from education and training (2014)
      in cooperation with: ICF GHK Consulting Ltd (project leader)
      Client: Cedefop
    • Mario Steiner, Gabriele Pessl, Elfriede Wagner, Johannes Karaszek: Evaluierung des Jugendcoachings (2011-2012)
      Client: Ministry of Social Affairs
    • Andrea Leitner, Gabriele Pessl, Stefan Vogtenhuber, Johannes Karaszek: Evaluierung "Tiroler Produktionsschulen VIA und LEA" (2010-2011)
      Client: amg-Tirol
    • Mario Steiner, Elfriede Wagner, Gabriele Pessl, Marc Plate, Johannes Karaszek: Evaluation von ESF im Bereich Erwachsenenbildung (2009-2015)
      Client: Ministry of Education

     For further information on research projects please click on www.equi.at