Research Interests

My Research Interests are related to

qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social science research
mixed methods research
sociology of childhood
sociology of deviance
sociology of family and life course
social inequality

Research Projects

Here you can find some of my research projects with a short description:


When dreams (do not) come true (2019-2021)

In modern societies, schooling and professional training determine labor market opportunities, but also the integration into a society as such. School is an institution, which reproduces social inequality – together with families. Migration background also fosters discrimination. However, the interrelation between ethnicity, social class and gender affecting educational and professional aspiration is not clear, neither are changes in aspirational levels over time or subjective interpretations thereof. For that, a differentiated perspective on migration background, social class and aspirations is necessary in a panel design and with account of statistical as well as interpretive approaches. Furthermore, interviewing adolescents (particularly with migration background and/or from lower social class) can offer important methodological knowledge and improve interview practice.

This project is funded by the Jubiläumsfond der Österreichischen Nationalbank.


Pathways to the Future (2016-2022)

In the project "Pathways to the Future" a group of researchers from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vienna study the life course of adolescents in Vienna. We focus on young people who graduated form a "Neue Mittleschule" (lower secondary school). The study contains a qualitative and a quantitative strand. The aim is a wholistic analysis of life chances of adolescents from their own perspective. Specifically, we are interested in transitions after finishing obligatory schooling, integration in education and work, social inequality, options and constraints, social relations and well-being. From a methodological angle, I reflect onthe practical implications of qualitative and quantitative interviews with this special population, age and method effects as well as longitudinal analyses.
As a member of the steering group and PI of the 1st quantitative wave (together with Jörg Flecker and Franz Astleithner) and the 2nd qualitative wave of data collection (with Ulrike Zartler), I am involved in key decision regarding content and methodology as well as the implementation thereof.

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acrobat r16 Flecker, J., Jesser, A., Mataloni, B., Pohn-Lauggas, M., Reinprecht, C., Schlechter, M., Schmidt, A., Vogl, S., Wöhrer, V., Zartler, U. (2017): Die Vergesellschaftung Jugendlicher im Längsschnitt: Teil 2: Forschungsdesign und methodische Überlegungen einer Untersuchung in Wien. Working Paper Series. 05/2017. Institut für Soziologie, Wien.

acrobat r16 Flecker, J., Jesser, A., Mataloni, B., Pohn-Lauggas, M., Reinprecht, C., Schlechter, M., Vogl, S., Wöhrer, V., Zartler, U.: Die Vergesellschaftung Jugendlicher im Längsschnitt: Teil 1: Theoretische Ausgangspunkte für eine Untersuchung in Wien. Working Paper Series. Institut für Soziologie, Wien.

Interviews with Children (2006-2012)

Due to a changed image of children and childhood in recent years children are increasingly seen as competent informants. Only children themselves are considered competent to inform about their problems, needs, wishes and interests. Nevertheless, hardly any literature deals with methodological implications of researching children.Thus, it seems obvious that children's skills diverge from those of adults. Therefore, the same methods like in research with adults cannot be employed, at least not untested. In developmental psychological research there are results on skills of children but these can only limited be transfered to interview contexts. Interviews are a very specific interactional setting.
The research questions focusses on verbal, interactional and cognitive abilities of children aged 5, 7, 9 and 11 years in semi-structured interviews and the implications on data quality, possible tasks and the applicability of telephone versus face-to-face interviews.

 Publications related to this topic:

Vogl, Susanne (2014): Children's verbal, interactive and cognitive skills and implications for interviews. Quality & Quantity. DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9988-0

acrobat r16   Vogl, Susanne (2013): Telephone versus Face-to-Face Interviews: Mode Effect on Semi-Structured Interviews with Children. Sociological Methodology. 43.
138-182. DOI 10.1177/0081175012465967

Details Vogl, Susanne (2012): Alter und Methode: Ein Vergleich telefonischer und persönlicher Leitfadeninterviews mit Kindern. VS Verlag. Wiesbaden.

acrobat r16   Vogl, Susanne (2012): Children between the age of 5 and 11: What ‘don't know’ answers tell us. In: Quality & Quantity. 46(4) 993-1011.

 Violence in Schools (2009-2010)

The Topic "Violence in Schools" has a long research tradition at the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt. In 1994 the first study on this topic was conducted. In 2010 a new wave of interviews was conducted. The study aims for an assessment of the extent of violence in schools as well as victimisation of pupils by other pupils through a representative sample of pupils in Bavarian schools. Various risk factors in the environment of pupils and the school have been considered.

Publications realted to this topic:

Download  Schmalz, Stefanie; Vogl, Susanne (2010): Formen von Gewalt im Schulalltag. In: Agora (2/2010). Eichstaett.

Relationships: Fertility and Gender Roles (2008-2009)

In spring 2008 we conducted 1,200 CATI-interviews on topics like gender roles, intimate relationship, children, desire to have children, parental leave and parenting benefits. Beyond the original target person we also interviewed 300 related partners.

acrobat r16 Project description (German)

Publications related to this topic:

Vogl, Susanne; Krell, Claudia (2012): Parental Leave, Parenting Benefits and their potential Effect on Father’s Participation in Germany. In: International Journal of Sociology of the Family.

acrobat r16 Vogl, Susanne (2010): Kinderwunsch, Elternschaft, Elternzeit und Elterngeld. In: Zentralinstitut für Ehe und Familie in der Gesellschaft (ZFG) an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Hrsg.): Familien-Prisma. Herbst 2010, 51-56.

Download  Vogl, Susanne (2009): Familie, Wunsch und Wirklichkeit. In: Agora (2/2009). Eichstätt. 16-18

Violence against Men in Intimate Relationships (2006-2007)

Domestic violence – is a topic dissussed often in mass media and scientific community. But this discussion is mostly limited on violence of men against their wifes or female partners or violence (of parents) against their children. There is no doubt, these cases of violence required special attention. But it only covers one part of potentially violent relations. What about domestic violence of women against men? Is there no such violence, is it not recognised or is it a taboo topic?

In a 2007 survey roughly 1,000 randomly selected men between the age of 21 to 70 years were interviewed on experience of violence in their current or last intimate relationship.

Download Project description (German)

Publications related to this topic:

Details Lamnek, Siegfried; Luedtke, Jens; Ottermann, Ralf; Vogl, Susanne (2012): Tatort Familie: Häusliche Gewalt im gesellschaftlichen Kontext. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Download  Vogl, Susanne (2009): Gewalt von Frauen gegen Männer: Gibt es keine Gewalt von Frauen gegen ihre  Lebenspartner oder handelt es sich um ein Tabuthema? In: Agora 1/2009. Eichstätt.

Details Krell, Claudia; Vogl, Susanne (2011): Gewalt in der Familie In: Horn, Klaus-Peter/Kemnitz, Heidemarie/Marotzki, Winfried/Sandfuchs, Uwe (Hrsg.): Lexikon der Erziehungswissenschaft. Verlag Julius Klinkhardt. Bad Heilbrunn.

Methodical and Methodological Implications of Focus Group Research with Children (2005)

Children are not small adults. What is the consequence for researching children's worlds? What are methodological implications when focus groups are employed with children? To analyse this I have conducted focus groups with children at the age of 6/7, 8/9, 10/11, 12/13 and 14/15 years. To allow for comparability the focus groups were structured by the same topic and tasks. Central variables for the analysis were age, cognitive, sozial as well as verbal skills of children in focus group situations, and respective implications on the method and resulting advantages and disadvantages.

Analysing groups, processes and participants qualitative as well as quantitative aspects were considered. This allows for a broader picture of age groups and their skills. Differences in skills and needs became apparent. Conclusions regarding the potentials of focus groups with children have been drawn.

Publications related to this topic:

  Vogl, Susanne (2009): Methodological Issues of Applying Focus Groups with Children. ESA 9th Conferende. Conference CD, Full Paper. Lisbon.

buch Vogl, Susanne (2009): Focus Groups with Children. In: Fiedler, Julia; Posch, Christian (Eds.): Yes, they can! Children Researching Their Lives. Schneider Verlag. Hohengehren.

acrobat r16 Vogl, Susanne (2005):Gruppendiskussionen mit Kindern: methodische und methodologische Besonderheiten. In: ZA-Information (57) 28-60.