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Associate Professor MMag. Dr. Wolfgang ASCHAUER
Responsibibility for Erasmus-Partnerships for Department of Sociology / Head of supplementary studies "Migration studies"

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg / Department of Sociology and Human Geography / Division of Sociology
Rudolfskai 42, A-5020 Salzburg

Tel.: 43 (0) 662-8044-4105


Office hours: Wednesday 11.00 – 12.00 (also flexibly possible online via WebEx with E-mail registration)

Associate Professor MMag. Dr. Wolfgang ASCHAUER Postdoc position from 2007 to 2011, Assistant Professor from 2011 to 2015, currently Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Division Sociology and Cultural Science; specialized in research on social integration (migration, integration, social cohesion), quantitative methods / cross-national research und tourism research.

Background: born in Steyr, Upper Austria on 29th of December, 1979; academic studies: sociology, psychology and communication science at the University of Salzburg, PhD in 2007 with dissertation thesis entitled “Tourismus im Schatten des Terrors. Eine vergleichende Analyse der Auswirkungen von Terroranschlägen (Bali, Sinai, Spanien), published as a monograph in German language in 2008 (Publisher: Profil Company Munich-Vienna) (see the following  Review).  Award for innovative teaching at the University of Salzburg for an applied research practical course on migration and integration (together with Dr. Manfred Oberlechner) in 2009. 2015 habilitation (venia legendi: sociology). The comprehensive monograph (habilitation work) with the title “The societal malaise of EU citizens” Causes, characteristics, consequences.” is now published in German language by  Springer in spring 2017.  For university members the book can be downloaded for free by  Springer-Link. Additionally there is an open-acess publication in English with central results of the habilitation:  Aschauer, W. (2016). Societal Malaise and Ethnocentrism in the European Union: Monitoring Societal Change by Focusing on EU Citizens’ Perceptions of Crisis. Historical Social Research, 41(2), 307-359. New open access publication on the dynamics of ethnocentrism in European regions (further research based on habilitation) in European Societies: Aschauer, W., & Mayerl, J. (2019). The dynamics of ethnocentrism in Europe. A comparison of enduring and emerging determinants of solidarity towards immigrants. European Societies, siehe hier  10.1080/14616696.2019.1616791.

Currently several new publications on the dynamics of integration and on xenophobia and Islamophobia in Austria, see for example an edited volume on the living conditions of migrants in Austria and one article on religiosity as a factor influencing anti-Muslim resentment. In addition, broad involvement in Austrian and international survey research, see, for example, participation in the SSÖ group, in the Vienna project Digitize as well as in cross-national values research (e.g. Values in Crisis-Survey).  Social Survey Austria (  Who we are (

Main research fields: see more detailed information –> research activities (German)

Research on social integration:

  • Dynamics of ethnic prejudice and new cleavages between and within European states
  • Quality of life research: Wellbeing in a cross-national perspective
  • Challenges in social cohesion (Solidarity potentials of European citizens)

Research on causes and consequences of cross-border mobility:

  • Migration research (with a special focus on challenges of integration)
  • Tourism research (travel motivation, intercultural encounters, sociocultural impacts of tourism)

Research on methods:

  • Particularly cross-national surveys intercultural comparisons, construct equivalence