Research at the institute specialises in issues of work and employment. Within this clearly defined profile, it covers a broad range of topics and activities.

FORBA’s research areas deal with the micro level of the individual, social interaction and working conditions and the meso level of the organisation or network as well as with the macro level of the labour market and global economy. Research practice at the institute relies on a series of qualitative and quantitative methods. Special features of research at FORBA include its multidisciplinary character and openness to many forms of cooperation. Although grant-funded academic research currently predominates, the institute’s strengths also include contract and policy-consultancy research.

Research areas

Research projects

Project titleKey project staffStatusDuration
European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK), current periodBernadette Allinger, Georg Adamongoing03/2022 - 02/2026
European Monitoring Centre of Change (EMCC), current periodBernadette Allingerongoing03/2022 - 02/2026
European Observatory on Quality of Life (EurLIFE), laufende PeriodeBernadette Allingerongoing03/2022 - 02/2026
SOZÖKNET AK – Arbeit in der sozial-ökologischen TransformationHubert Eichmann, Sarah Nowak, Cornelia Prentnerongoing01/2023 - 12/2025
Das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen: Datenerhebung zu 24h-Betreuer_innenIngrid Mairhuber, Andreas Schadauerongoing04/2023 - 11/2024
TWING – Exploring the contribution of social dialogue and collective bargaining in the promotion of decent and productive telework in the post-Covid scenarioGeorg Adam, Philip Schörpfongoing11/2022 - 10/2024
Shaping technology: biometric data, collective empowerment and humanization of workThomas Riesenecker-Caba, Myriam Gaitschongoing10/2021 - 09/2024
Combining employment with informal care for the aged (COMBECA). Eine internationale Studie zur Vereinbarkeit von Erwerbstätigkeit und Angehörigenpflege in Betrieben in Österreich und in der SchweizKarl Krajic, Ingrid Mairhuber, Charlotte Dötig, Viktoria Quehenbergerongoing03/2021 - 08/2024
Arbeitnehmer:innenschutz in Österreich: Eine Bestandsaufnahme – mit Zukunft Georg Adam, Hubert Eichmann, Bernadette Allinger, Andreas Schadauerongoing03/2023 - 02/2024
Zwei Studien im Rahmen des Projekts “EPSR-SPA SociAll”Georg Adam, Bernadette Allingerongoing03/2023 - 10/2023