Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences | Responsibilities & Contact persons

Besides your supervisor, the directors of the doctoral studies programme, the members of the doctoral advisory boards and the staff members of the StudyServiceCenters are important contact persons who will support you in the course of the doctorate scientifically as well as in administrative matters.

Directors of the Doctoral Studies (DSPL)

The Directors and Vice-Directors of the Doctoral Studies Programme are important persons of contact regarding study affairs. They are in charge of the approval of the topic of the doctoral thesis and the approval of the doctoral thesis agreement.

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  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sophie Lecheler
  • Ass.-Prof. Emma Dowling, BA MRes MSc PhD (Deputy)
  • Ass.-Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Cornelia Staritz, PhD (Deputy)
  • Univ.-Prof. Thomas Meyer, PhD (Deputy)

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  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Glenn van de Ven
  • Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Geogr. Dr. Patrick Sakdapolrak, MA (Deputy)
  • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Leyla Jean Seyfullah, Privatdoz. BSc MSc (Deputy)
  • Ass.-Prof. Dr. Alvaro Hacar Gonzalez, MA (Deputy)

Doctoral Advisory Board

The doctoral advisory board is appointed in order to give advice to the administrative body responsible for study matters, to students and supervisors. The official steps towards the institution of the advisory boards are put down in the statutes §15 (7) governing university studies. The doctoral advisory board is of particular importance concerning students' presentations at the faculty. Its members are in charge of one or more fields of doctoral research or a larger part of a specific field of doctoral research within one curriculum.

Doctoral Advisory Board for the following fields of Doctoral Research

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Communication Science
  • Sociology

Doctoral Advisory Board for the doctoral field of Antroposphere


The StudyServiceCenters (SSC) are the contact point for all administrative processes during your doctorate from the public presentation of your research proposal to the organisation of the defense of your thesis.

  • SSC Social Sciences
    Universitätsstraße 7, 1090 Vienna
    Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00-12:00; Thursday 14:00-16:00 (Beside the opening hours you may also make an appointment)
  • SSC Earth and Space, Geography and Astronomy
    Universitätsstraße 7, 1090 Vienna
    Opening hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00 and Wednesday 13:00-15:00

Student Representatives for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences

BaGru SoWi Dok is the short form for "Basisgruppe Sozialwissenschaften Doktorat". The name stands for a student representation of the Doctorate in Social Sciences elected at the Austrian elections in 2019. The 5 elected candidates plus other committed activists of the Doctorate of Social Sciences represent the students' interests, among others in the committees of the University of Vienna.