Social Issues

Socio-political measures – taken by both the state and by enterprises – with the goal of improving the economic and social situations of different societal groups have always been the subject of controversial discussion. L&R Social Research brings arguments based on evidence into those discussions.

Changes to socio-economic framework conditions of post-industrial economic and social structures such as atypical work, in-work poverty, declining relevance of the male breadwinner model or insufficient framework conditions to reconcile family and work are constantly challenging the welfare state.

L&R Social Research assists in finding solutions to these challenges by analysing the organisation, regulation and financing of socio-political measures across different fields of politics (such as social assistance, passive and active labour market policies and family policy) and their results and effects in the context of social inequality, exclusion and poverty risk for diverse groups of people.

Current studies include the following fields and target groups:

  • measures / fields:
    • social assistance, means-tested minimum income, assistance to the homeless, childcare allowance, passive and active labour market policies, health & care, pension system
    • regulation of the working world, minimum wage
  • specific groups:
    • women, jobseekers & unemployed persons, (atypical) work, people with disabilities, artists, migrants.
Recent Projects on this topic
Accompanying Evaluation U25 - Viennese Youth Support
Double Fragility: The Care Crisis in the Corona Crisis
Company Survey as part of the "DigiUP4.0" Project
ResilianceWorks - Measures to Prevent Radicalization and Increase the Resilience of Young People in Programs for Labour Market Integration
Living Conditions of People with Disabilities in Vienna
Film-makers in Austria: Working Conditions and Health
Equal opportunities for women with disabilities on the labour market. Obstacles - Challenges - Solutions
Parents@Work: Changing Perceptions!
Completed Projects
Unemployment Benefit Recipients Failing to Access Labour Market Policy Measures
Evaluation of the Project 'Individual Study Support for Students with Impairments' (ISU)
Part-time employment in Lower Austria
Postings and transfers to Austria, wage dumping. A study focusing on the construction sector.
Integration topic tolerance. Empirical study on personal attitudes of adolescents from third countries towards tolerance