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
Consultation with regard to provision of cross-sectoral representativeness studyGeorg Adamongoing11/2020 - 12/2021
Arbeitszeitverkürzung – Modelle und Praxis in BetriebenBettina Stadlerongoing07/2020 - 05/2021
Fair working conditions: exploring the contribution of cooperation initiatives between Social Partners and Labour INspection authorities (SPLIN)Bettina Haidinger, Ulrike Papouschek, Cornelia Prentnerongoing03/2019 - 02/2021
The development of statutory minimum wage setting in the EU and its significance for the trade unionsGeorg Adamongoing01/2020 - 11/2020
WORKABLE – Making Capabilities WorkBettina Haidinger, Ruth Kasper, Roland Atzmüller, Ingrid Mairhubercompleted11/2009 - 10/2012