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 overview report for the representativeness study on Construction sectorGeorg Adamongoing08/2021 - 09/2022
European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK), current periodBernadette Allinger, Georg Adam, Bettina Stadlerongoing03/2018 - 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
Consultation with regard to provision of cross-sectoral representativeness studyGeorg Adamongoing11/2020 - 12/2021
Provision of representativeness study on Civil Aviation SectorGeorg Adamongoing10/2019 - 12/2021
From COVID-19 emergency measures to a new strengthened system of industrial relationsGeorg Adam, Bernadette Allingerongoing01/2021 - 11/2021
Development of a Training Program for improving Inclusion and participation of Persons with Disability through Timebanking (AMICA)Bernhard Saupe, Philip Schörpfongoing11/2020 - 10/2021