Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality

The first Gender Chair in Salzburg

The professorship in Politics & Gender, Diversity & Equality was established in March 2020 – as the first professorship of Gender Studies at the PLUS and the Land Salzburg. Internationally, this Gender Chair is unique in its explicit intersectional focus, its methodological pluralism (and esp. its emphasis on quantitative methods), its strong international orientation and the transdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. As the only professorship enshrined in our university’s constitution, its significance is described in the university’s development plan and highlighted in the context of its cooperation with the state and city of Salzburg. The newly established chair represents and promotes Gender Studies (Research & Teaching) at the PLUS.

You can find the link to the inaugural lecture here:  https://unitv.org/beitrag.asp?ID=1203&apv=3

Research & Teaching Focus

The research and teaching in this field of political science examine the causes and consequences of inequalities in politics, for instance, the causes and effects of persisting political gender stereotypes.

Current projects 

Courses currently offered by the chair include




Third mission: 

Based in the Department of Political Science, the chair actively promotes synergies within PLUS and in collaboration with other institutions in Salzburg, including the  Institute for Diversity Morzateum and  Südwind Salzburg. Projects developed as a result of these collaborations include:


PhDs & Projects 

  • Klaudia Koxha (Z. Lefkofridi): „Populism and European Integration in Western Balkans“
  • Sarah Thandi Dippennaar (Z. Lefkofridi): „Beyond Left/Right. Expanding political spectra to multidimensional content based measurement“
  • Mariia Teplikakova (N. Zwiener-Collins): „Anti-Gender Backlash as a Challenge to Further European Integration“

Formerly associated:

  • Johannes Karremans, PhD
  • Anja Ratzenböck, BA
  • Carsten Wegscheider, MA PhD
  • Mirella Werthmann, BA
  • Lara Zwittlinger, B.A. B.A.
  • Antonia Heil, B.A. 

Recent Publications


  • Beloshitzkaya, Vera / Kathleen P. Reilly (2023). Do communist gender regimes have a lasting effect on contemporary gender role attitudes in the post-communist region?, in: European Journal of Politics and Gender (published online ahead of print 2023).  https://doi.org/10.1332/251510821X16742247424552.
  • Dingler, Sarah / Lena Ramstetter (2023). When does she rebel? How gender affects deviating legislative behaviour, in: Government and Opposition, 58 (3), 437-455.  https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2021.40.
  • Fridkin, L., Fonts, N. B., Quy, K., & Zwiener‐Collins, N. (2023). Understanding effects of COVID‐19 on undergraduate academic stress, motivation and coping over time. Higher Education Quarterly.  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/hequ.12425 (OA).
  • Ramstetter, Lena / Silke Rupprecht / Luis Mundaca / Walter Osika / Cecilia U.D. Stenfors / Johannes Klackl / Christine Wamsler (2023). Fostering collective climate action and leadership: Insights from a pilot experiment with a behavioral intervention involving mindfulness and compassion, in: iScience, 106191.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2023.106191.
  • Rump, M. & Zwiener-Collins, N. (2023). Welche nicht-intendierten Folgen hat Protestverhalten? Eine Panelanalyse zum Zusammenhang von Anti-Corona-Protesten und Demokratiezufriedenheit in Österreich. Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft (forthcoming).
  • Ulmke, Naara / Johannes Klackl / Jochim Hansen / Pascal Lemke / Lucas Hagedorn / Tom Rosenzweig / Lena Ramstetter / Tilmann Hüppauf / Eva Jonas (2023). Political Value-Congruent Climate Change Communication: An Efficacy Study from Germany and Austria, in: PsyEcology, 14(2), 183–243.  https://doi.org/10.1080/21711976.2023.2204728.   


  • Zwiener-Collins, N. and Lefkofridi, Z. Unequal political participation: Do gender roles matter?, in Grand, P. (ed.): 20 Jahre Österreich beim ESS. Wien, Köln: Böhlau. [In press].
  • Saini, R., Jafri, J., Zwiener-Collins, N. & Poulter, T. Decolonising quantitative methods teaching in UK Sociology, in: A. Meghji, S. Papadakis, & M. Tinsley (eds.): Rethinking British Sociology: Postcolonial and Decolonial Transformations. [In press].
  • Lefkofridi, Zoe / Atusa Stadler / Nadine Zwiener-Collins (2022). Geschlecht und Demokratie in Österreich, in: Christoph Kühberger / Reinhard Heinisch / Reinhard Klaushofer / Margit Reiter (Hg.): Demokratie nach 1945: Perspektiven auf Geschichte, Politik und Recht in Österreich, Wien/Köln: Böhlau, 233–251.
  • Zwiener-Collins, Nadine / Zoe Lefkofridi / Anja Ratzenböck, A. (2022). Gender equality: Why is it important and what can we do to achieve it?, in: Quarterly Bulletin of the NGO Committee on the Family, June 2022, No. 122.


  • Chesta, Riccardo E. /  Zoe Lefkofridi (2021). Symbolic Gesture In Political Protest, in: Florian Bettel, Irina Kaldrack, Konrad Strutz (eds.):  Throwing Gestures: Protest, Economy and the Imperceptible, Wien: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 161-182.
  • Dingler, Sarah / Zoe Lefkofridi (2021). The Gender Dimension of Populism, in: Reinhard / Christina Holtz-Bacha / Oscar Mazzoleni (eds.):  Political Populism: Handbook of Concepts, Questions and Strategies of Research, Baden Baden: Nomos, 345-360.
  • Jansesberger, Viktoria / Zoe Lefkofridi / Armin Mühlböck (2021). Electoral Support for FPÖ in Regional and National Arenas: Different Levels of Government, Same Causality?, in: Regional & Federal Studies, 31(3), 337-358.  https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2021.1928087.
  • Lefkofridi, Zoe / Suanne Rhein (2021). Inclusive Solidarity? The Social Democratic Dilemma Between EU Rules and Supporters’ Preferences, in: Markus M. L. Crepaz (eds.): The Handbook on Migration and Welfare, Cheltenham and Camberley: Edward Elgar (in print).  
  • Rump, Maike / Nadine Zwiener-Collins (2021). What determines political trust during the COVID-19 crisis? The role of sociotropic and egotropic crisis impact, in: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 31(1), 259-271.  https://doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2021.1924733.
  • Zwiener-Collins, Nadine / Juvaria Jafri / Rima Saini / Tabitha Poulter (2021). Decolonising quantitative research methods pedagogy: Teaching contemporary politics to challenge hierarchies from data, in: Politics, 1-17.  https://doi.org/10.1177/02633957211041449.