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
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 Dötigongoing03/2021 - 08/2024
Studie über die Auftraggeberhaftung in Österreich. Praxis und PotentialeBettina Stadler, Bettina Haidingerongoing06/2021 - 11/2022
Provision of representativeness studies on the construction sectorGeorg Adamongoing05/2021 - 09/2022
Provision of representativeness studies on the professional football sectorGeorg Adamongoing09/2020 - 05/2022
Consultation with regard to provision of cross-sectoral representativeness studyGeorg Adamongoing11/2020 - 04/2022
Postwachstums-Organisationen – zukunftsfähige kollaborative Arbeitsmodelle in WienHubert Eichmann, Georg Adam, Bettina Stadlerongoing06/2019 - 03/2022
European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK), current periodBernadette Allinger, Georg Adam, Bettina Stadlerongoing03/2018 - 02/2022
European Monitoring Centre of Change (EMCC), current periodBernadette Allingerongoing03/2018 - 02/2022
European Observatory on Quality of Life (EurLIFE), current periodBernadette Allingerongoing03/2018 - 02/2022
The Road to Transparent and Fair Remuneration and Working Conditions in the Transport Sector (TransFair)Bettina Haidinger, Ulrike Papouschek, Sandra Stern, Cornelia Prentnerongoing01/2020 - 12/2021