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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

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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.