Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Aschauer

Biography: Wolfgang Aschauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology and Head of the Migration Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. An Affiliate in the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion (2019-2020). He is the current Scientific Program Advisor of the RN21 – Quantitative Methods of the European Sociological Association (ESA). Prof Aschauer has received several third-party funding for projects on health information systems, social integration, and labour market integration of immigrants. In the year 2009, Prof Wolfgang received two awards for the best teacher in areas of innovative teaching and in the department of nursing science. His research interests include social cohesion in the western world, sociology of Europe and quantitative methods such as cross-national survey research and equivalence issues in comparative research.

Selected Publications:

  • Aschauer, W. (2020): The drivers of prejudice with a special focus on religion—insights into anti-Muslim sentiment in Austrian society. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 45 (2), 183-212.

  • Prandner, D./Aschauer, W./Moosbrugger, R. (2020): The Austrians’ expectations for the future. Explanations based on a structural equation model combining various predictors of social integration. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 45 (2), 235-255.

  • Aschauer, W. (2020): The multifaceted nature of current authoritarian attitudes in Austria – insights from a representative survey. In: Manfred Oberlechner, Reinhard Heinisch & Patrick Duval (Hg.). Nationalpopulismus bildet? Lehren für Unterricht und Bildung. Frankfurt: Wochenschau-Verlag, S. 37-69.

  • Weichbold, M./Seymer, A./Aschauer, W./Herdin, T. (2020): Potentials and Limits of Automated Classification of Big Data – A Case Study. Historical Social Research, 45 (3), pp. 288-313.

  • Aschauer, W. (2019): New directions in cross-cultural wellbeing research. Revue des politiques sociales et familiales, 132-133, 5-23.

  • Aschauer, W./Mayerl, J. (2019): The dynamics of ethnocentrism in European regions. Comparing enduring and emerging determinants of solidarity towards immigrants. European Societies, 21 (5), 672-703.

  • Aschauer, W. (2017): Das gesellschaftliche Unbehagen der BürgerInnen in der EU. Ursachen, Dimensionen, Folgen. Wiesbaden: Springer-VS.

  • Aschauer, W./Weichbold, M./Foidl, M./Drecoll, A. (2017): Obersalzberg as a Realm of Experience. On the Quality of Visitors‘ Experiences at National Socialist Places of Remembrance. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 9, 158-174.

  • Aschauer, W. (2017): Societal Malaise in turbulent times. Introducing a new explanatory factor of populism in a cross-national Europe-wide perspective. In: R.C. Heinisch, C. Holtz-Bacha & O. Mazzoleni (Eds). Handbook of Political Populism. Baden: Nomos, 307-328.

  • Aschauer, W. (2016): Societal Malaise and Ethnocentrism in the European Union. Monitoring societal change by focusing on EU citizens´ Perceptions of Crises. Historical Social Research, 41 (2), 307-359.

Areas of Expertise:

• Challenges of social integration
• Wellbeing and quality of life
• Sociology of Europe
• Ethnocentrism and anti-muslim sentiments
• Quantitative Methods, value research and cross-cultural research

Current Position(s):

• Associate Professor (University of Salzburg)
• Affiliate Harvard University (Research Cluster Inequality and Inclusion)
• Line function: Study extension Migration Studies (University of Salzburg)

Past Position(s)

• Coordinator of RN 21 Quantitative Methods: European Sociological Association (2015-2019)

• Chief Editor: Journal of Tourism Science

Prizes & Awards:

• Fulbright Award (Botstiber-Visiting Professor für Austrian-American Studies), stay at Harvard University spring 2020 (January 2019)
• Prize for innovative teaching (University of Salzburg, June 2009)
• Prize Teacher of the Year (Nursing Science, Private Medical University Salzburg, June 2009)
• Emerald Publishing Commended Paper Award “Perceptions of tourists at risky destinations” (August 2009)

Memberships & Networks:

• RN 21 “Quantitative Methods”, European Sociological Association
• RC 33 “Logics and Methodology”, International Sociological Association
• DGS (German Sociological Association)
• ÖGS (Austrian Sociological Association)