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Associate Professor MMag. Dr. Wolfgang ASCHAUER Responsibibility for Erasmus-Partnerships for Department of Sociology / 1. stv. Cuko / Head of supplementary studies "Migration studies"
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Consultation hour: Wednesday, 11.00 – 12.00, room 031

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, doctorate degree 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.


Main research fields: see more detailed information --> research activities


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



  • Information and courses: supplementary studies "Migration Studies" --> 
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    THURSDAY, 21 Nov.: LECTURES (08.30-19:00h) at Wissenschaft & Kunst, Bergstr. 12a, KunstQuartier, Studio 1.OG // FRIDAY, 22 Nov: EXCURSION (08:30-16:00h) Memorial Concentration Camp Ebensee, memorial Mauthausen. Departure: At 08:30, from Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1.
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    28 to 30, November, 2019 - Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Department of Music and Dance Studies, Dance Studio, Room 2.105, 2nd floor.
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    The Department of Linguistics invites all interested parties to participate in the 45th Austrian Linguistic Congress. The event will take place on the 6th and 7th of December, 2019, at the Unipark Nonntal. The registration deadline has been extended until 07.11.2019. See the programme for registration fees.
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