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Education Sciences Group

Interdisciplinary research on education is important in many areas of education and business. Our group's teaching and research focus on the individual, social and institutional factors that contribute to educational processes.

Main research and teaching areas:

Theory-based empirical research intended to help fulfill societal goals with regard to schools, universities, and professional training and continuing education.

Imparting educational science knowledge in MSc programs.

Cooperating with academic and educational organizations to improve the quality of teaching and conduct practically oriented research

Our work is characterized by an evidence-based, internationally oriented and integrative approach. We apply education science methods that are appropriate for dealing with complex theories and which fulfill the expectations of the scientific community. We prepare future professionals for their roles in educational institutions and companies. We perform analyses and support reforms in schools, universities and businesses. In our projects we conduct research on educational processes and the institutionalization of education. We combine research with practically oriented teaching and learning. We impart valuable academic knowledge upon which professional skills can be based.

Research Overview

WU brochure "Our research impact

stories & achievements“

Research outcomes on „Reducing early school leaving in Europe“ (Nairz-Wirth, Gitschthaler, Fraisl)

Link Brochure

Special Issue on Higher Education and Inequality


The special issue, edited by Prof. Nairz-Wirth, Prof. Sarah O’Shea and Franziska Lessky explores the diverse range of inequalities encountered by learners throughout the student lifecycle and explores the policy implications in both an international and national context. Deeper understanding of how students move through the higher education landscape is key to efforts to increase representation and such an increase has been identified as an important driver of access and retention programs.


Publication NESET II

Downes, P.; Nairz-Wirth, E.; Rusinaitė, V., Structural Indicators for Inclusive Systems in and around Schools, NESET II report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2017. Doi: 10.2766/200506. [Download here]


Publications of Educational Sciences Group collaborative project - Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe funded by the European Commission (Project number: 320223; FP7 theme: SSH-2012-1)

Publications (new: vol. 6 & 7)