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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. Since fall 2015, she has been contributing to the Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS), one of the first European studies on the human capital of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Refugee Health and Integration Survey (ReHIS) on refugees’ health access and mental health. She is affiliated with the Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID / ÖAW, WU) and teaches at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication. Judith regularly publishes in the Austrian weekly FALTER and serves on the board of the Schumpeter Society Vienna. At the Institute for Social Policy, she heads the research project Women’s Integration Survey (WIN): Inclusion, Participation and Enablement of Refugee Women in Austria (2019-2021).


Office hours

by arrangement

Research interests
Detailed information can be found in the FIDES database.

·         Migration and multi-dimensional integration

·         Forced migration and education

·         Demography of Displaced Populations

·         Narratives of Crisis

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

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.

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.

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.

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