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Completed Research Projects

  • After Bologna? Gender studies in the "entrepreneurial university". A study in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Research grant: FWF

Project duration: 01.04.2012 – 30.9.2014

Principal investigators: Angelika Wetterer

Staff: Gerlinde Malli, Susanne Sackl, Elisabeth Zehetner

The current reorganisation of the universities to "entrepreneurial universities" comprises a fundamental reconstruction of internal university structures and external relations as well as changes in scientific knowledge and its production. It is this knowledge that the project "Gender studies in the 'entrepreneurial university'" focuses on. In 1997 these new Gender Studies were established as degree courses at universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – at the same time the so called Bologna Process was initiated. One assumption in the project is that during the implementation process of the Gender Studies programmes path-depended, local negotiated "institutional hybrids" (Münch 2009) are generated that link the requirements of the Bologna Process with the objectives of the Gender Studies. In qualitative, actor centered, and comparative case studies on the implementation process of the degree courses the project explores (1) what kind of knowledge, topics, questions, theories, methods, and fields of application the curricula of the Gender Studies programmes contain and thus represent the relevant scientific Gender Knowledge, (2) which processes of negotiation the implementation of Gender Studies programmes precede and accompany on site (3) what kind of actors in these processes participate, and (4) in which ways the reformative imperative of the entrepreneurial university and the Bologna Process is reflected in the current way of teaching in Gender Studies degree courses.


  • International Research Group "Entrepreneurial Universities and Gender Change"

Research Grant: Trinational D-A-CH-research grant from DFG, FWF und SNF

Duration: 01.04.2012 – 30.02.2015

Speakers: Sabine Hark, Johanna Hofbauer

Participants:. Ilse Costas (Uni Göttingen), Sabine Hark (TU Berlin), Johanna Hofbauer (WU Wien), Heike Kahlert (LMU München), Julia Nentwich (Uni St. Gallen), Birgit Sauer (Uni Wien), Angelika Wetterer (KFU Graz) 

The European scientific landscape is in a state of flux in which universities have to re-establish themselves. These restructuring processes have far-reaching consequences for the university, the employment of scientific and non scientific staff and the production of scientific knowledge. The job situation of women and men, the knowledge production of gender and the institutionalization of gender research, as well as the gender politics at universities are affected. The International Research Group »Entrepreneurial Universities and Gender Change« analyzes these developments in an international comparative perspective (Germany – Austria – Switzerland).

In the fields of work, organization and knowledge, the projects focus on reorganization and ask, on the one hand, to what extent these fields experience an input which is related to gender, and on the other, how work, organization, and knowledge are influenced by gender. 

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  • Work-Life-Balance in Science (WLB-KFU)

Research Gant: Rektorat der Universität Graz

Project duration: 01.112012 – 31.12.2013

Principal investigators: Tanja Paulitz

Staff: Melanie Goisauf (since april 2013), Susanne Kink (until april 2013), Sarah Zapusek

This qualitative project focuses on the embeddedness of work-life-balance on the structural and symbolic level (orientations and values in science), as well as the level of epistemic and social practice. Which general orientations, expectations of availability, and strategies of mobility or uncertainties do academics have in mind and how can they reconcile them with other areas of their life? Which barriers have to be overcome? Which (good) resolutions will be found? The aim of the project is to analyze how different ideas of science and different scientific work practices influence the work-life-balance of academics.

The qualitative project is incorporate in the focus program of the “WLB-KFU” under the direction of Barbara Hey, Coordination Centre for Women’s Studies, Gender Research and Equal Opportunities for Women. Due to the incorporation of academics into the focus program, a university specific concept for work-life balance will be developed.



Sociology of Gender
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