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Judith Kohlenberger

Vienna University for Economics and Business (WU)
Institute for Social Policy
Room D4. 3.228
Welthandelsplatz 1/D4
1020 Vienna

Judith Kohlenberger a post-doctoral researcher working on forced migration and integration. She was a contributor to the Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS), one of the first European studies on the human capital of refugees in the fall of 2015, which was awarded the Kurt-Rothschild-Prize. Her work has been published in international journals such PLOS One, Refugee Survey Quarterly and Health Policy.

She is affiliated with the Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital and teaches in the WU masters’ program Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy (SEEP), the bachelor program Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften für Jurist/inn/en and at the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication. She regularly publishes in the Austrian weekly FALTER and serves on the board of the Schumpeter Society Vienna and migrant.at. Her new book Wir was published in February 2021 with Kremayr & Scheriau.

At the Institute for Social Policy, she currently leads several research projects.

Office hours

by arrangement

Research interests

Detailed information can be found in the FIDES database.
  • Migration and forced migration, in particular focusing on education, health and gender

  • Multi-dimensional integration, participation and belonging

  • Demography of displaced populations

  • Narratives of crisis

Past and current research projects

Further information on the above research projects can be found here.

Selected publications
A complete list of publications can be found here.

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard, Hosner, Roland. 2020. Surveying Syrians in Diaspora: Methodological Aspects for Planning and Implementing Longitudinal Studies. In: Comparative Demography of the Syrian Diaspora: European and Middle Eastern Destinations, Hrsg. Nathalie E. Williams, Elwood Carlson, 29-54. Cham: Springer.

Aiginger, Karl, Kohlenberger, Judith. 2020. Österreich: Aufnahmeland wider Willen? Fehlende Strategie für die Nutzung der neuen humanen Ressourcen. Europäische Rundschau. (2), 97-113.

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella. 2020. Who are the refugees that came to Austria in 2015? In: Agency and Tutelage in Forced Migration. Hrsg. Schiocchet, Leonardo; Nölle-Karimi, Christine; Mokre, Monika, 72-78. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard, Leitner, Sebastian, Landesmann, Michael. 2019. „Gesundheitszugang von syrischen, irakischen und afghanischen Geflüchteten in Österreich: Ergebnisse aus dem Refugee Health and Integration Survey.“ In: Migration und Integration 7: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis. Reihe Dialogforum Integration, Hrsg. Mathias Czaika, Lydia Rössl, Friedrich Altenburg, Anna Faustmann und Thomas Pfeffer, 239-259. Krems: Edition Donau-Universität Krems.

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard, Leitner, Sebastian, Landesmann, Michael. 2019. “Barriers to health care access and service utilization of refugees in Austria: Evidence from a cross-sectional survey”. Health Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2019.01.014

Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Kohlenberger, Judith. 2019. "Die AsylwerberInnen der letzten Jahre sind meist Analphabeten.“ In: Migration und Integration: Fakten oder Mythen, Hrsg. Max Haller, 125-137. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

 Kohlenberger, Judith. 2019. „Zwischen ‚Seebrücke‘ und ‚Außengrenzschutz‘: Politische Krisennarrative und ihre Effekte auf die europäische Migrationspolitik.“ Kurswechsel. 1 15-22.

 Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Goujon, Anne, Kohlenberger, Judith, Rengs, Bernhard. 2018. “Multi-Layered Roles of Religion among Refugees Arriving in Austria around 2015.” Religions 9 (5), 154 open access

Köppen, Bernhard, Kohlenberger, Judith, Horn, Michael. 2018. „Neue Heimat in Europa: Regionaler Flüchtlingszuzug in Deutschland und Österreich.“ Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (1), 96-109.

Rengs, Bernhard, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Kohlenberger, Judith, Hoffmann, Roman, Soder, Michael, Gatterbauer, Marlies, Themel, Kai, Kopf, Johannes. „Labour Market Profile, Previous Employment and Economic Integration of Refugees: An Austrian Case Study.” VID Working Papers 13/2017.

Spahl, Wanda, Weiss, Sabine, Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella. “Immigration and the Social Welfare State in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland: A comparative meta-study.” VID Working Papers 18/2017.

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard, Al Zalak, Zakarya. 2017. “A Social Survey on Refugees in and Around Vienna in Fall 2015: Methodological Approach and Field Observations.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 36 (4), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdx01

Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Kohlenberger, Judith, Rengs, Bernhard, Alzalak, Zakarya, Goujon, Anne, Striessnig, Erich, Potančoková, Michaela, Gisser, Richard, Testa, Maria Rita, Lutz, Wolfgang. 2016. “Human Capital, Values, and Attitudes of Persons Seeking Refuge in Austria in 2015.” PLOS ONE 11 (9), 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0163481

Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella. “What Crisis? The integration potential of refugees in Austria is remarkable.” Population Europe 10/2016.