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August Österle

Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness (WU)
In­sti­tute for So­cial Policy
Room D4.3.242
Welthan­delsplatz 1/D4
1020 Vi­enna

August Österle is As­so­ci­ate Pro­fessor of So­cial Policy and Deputy Dir­ector at the In­sti­tute for So­cial Policy, De­part­ment of So­cioeco­nom­ics, WU Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness, and Vis­it­ing Pro­fessor at the Corvinus Uni­versity Bud­apest. He was Guest Pro­fessor for In­ter­na­tional Com­par­at­ive Stud­ies at the Bre­men Gradu­ate School of So­cial Sciences and the HWK In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study, Vis­it­ing Pro­fessor at the In­sti­tut d’Études Poli­tiques, Sciences Po Gren­oble, and Vis­it­ing Fel­low at the European Uni­versity In­sti­tute and at uni­versit­ies in Bath, Lon­don, Brat­is­lava and Bud­apest.

Areas of Re­search and Teach­ing 

  • so­cial policy

  • com­par­at­ive wel­fare state re­search (in par­tic­u­lar health and long-term care policies) transna­tional and cross-bor­der is­sues in so­cial policy

  • ac­cess to so­cial ser­vices 

  • equity and so­cial policy

For fur­ther in­form­a­tion see 


For a list of cur­rent courses see the On­line Course Cata­logue of WU Wien.

Of­fice Hours

by ap­point­ment


A full list of pub­lic­a­tions is avail­able here.

Se­lec­ted re­cent pub­lic­a­tions:

Österle, August. 2018. Em­ploy­ing Migrant Care Work­ers for 24-hour Care in Private House­holds in Aus­tria: Be­ne­fits and Risks for the Long-term Care Sys­tem, in: Christensen, Karen, Pill­ing, Doria (Eds): The Rout­ledge Hand­book of So­cial Care Work Around the World, Rout­ledge.

Zhu, Yumei, Österle, August. 2017. Rur­al-urban Dis­par­it­ies in Un­met Long-term Care Needs in Ch­ina: The Role of the Hukou Status. So­cial Science and Medi­cine 191: 30-37.

Österle, August. 2016. Long-term Care Policies in Europe. Between Fis­cal and So­cial Sus­tain­ab­il­ity. Politiche So­ciali / So­cial Policies III (1): S. 3-20.

Bauer, Gudrun, Österle, August. 2016. Mid and Later Life Care Work Migra­tion. Pat­terns of Re-or­gan­ising In­formal Care Ob­lig­a­tions in Cent­ral and Eastern Europe. Journal of Aging Stud­ies 37: 81-93.

Österle, August, Bauer, Gudrun. 2016. The Leg­al­iz­a­tion of Ro­ta­tional 24-hour Care Work in Aus­tria: Im­plic­a­tions for Migrant Care Work­ers. So­cial Polit­ics 23 (2): 192-213.

Österle, August, Heitzmann, Karin. 2016. Re­form­ing the Aus­trian Wel­fare Sys­tem: Fa­cing demo­graphic and eco­nomic chal­lenges in a fed­eral wel­fare state. In: Chal­lenges to European Wel­fare Sys­tems, Hrsg. Schubert, K., de Vil­lota, Pa­loma und Kuhl­mann, Jo­hanna, 11-35, New York: Springer.

Weicht, Bernhard, Österle, August. Hrsg.2016. Im Ausland zu Hause pfle­gen. Die Beschäfti­gung von Migran­t­Innen in der 24-S­tun­den-Be­treuung. Wien: LIT Ver­lag.

Vo­gler, Sabine and Österle, August and Mayer, Susanne. 2015. Inequal­it­ies in medi­cine use in Cent­ral Eastern Europe: an em­pir­ical in­vest­ig­a­tion of so­cioeco­nomic de­termin­ants in eight coun­tries. In­ter­na­tional Journal for Equity in Health 14 (124): 1-19.

Mayer, Susanne, Österle, August. 2015. So­cioeco­nomic De­termin­ants of Pre­scribed and Non-­presribed Medi­cine Con­sump­tion in Aus­tria. European Journal of Pub­lic Health 25 (4): 597-603.

Da Roit, Bar­bara, Le Bi­han, Blanche, Österle, August. 2015. Cash-­for-­care be­ne­fits. In: Long-term Care Re­forms in OECD Coun­tries, Hrsg. Gori, Cris­ti­ano, Fernández, José-Luis, Wit­ten­berg, Raphael, S. 143-166. Bris­tol: Policy Press.

Österle, August. Hrsg. 2011. Long-term Care in Cent­ral and South Eastern Europe. Frank­furt a.M.: Peter Lang In­ter­na­tionaler Ver­lag der Wis­senschaften.