The project "The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-Based Society (APIKS)" is investigating in a comparative, international study:

  • the working conditions in science and
  • the attitudes of scientific and artistic staff in higher education institutions towards topics in the fields of research, teaching and learning, knowledge and technology transfer and participation in institutional governance.

The project involves research teams from more than 30 countries (including Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Korea and the USA).

Within this framework, the project "APIKS Austria" investigates the situation in Austria. In a comprehensive study, scientists and artists at universities and higher education institutions are asked to share their view on the above mentioned topics. The study can help to improve working conditions at higher educations institutions and support the development of the Austrian higher education system. Due to the international integration, the results can also be interpreted in international comparison.


Duration 01/04/2020 - 31/12/2023

Department for Higher Education Research

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Univ.-Prof. Dkfm. Dr. habil Attila Pausits
Project members
Florian Reisky, M.A. MA


Reisky, F.; Geppert, C.; Pausits, A. (2023). Higher Education Governance in Austria. Academics’ Perception of Institutional Governance and Management Practices. In: Broucker, B.; Milsom, C.; Calleja, J.; O'Hara, M., Accelerating the Future of Higher Education: 30-45, Brill, Leiden

Geppert, C.; Pausits, A. (2023). Gender und Hochschulkarrieren: Sonderauswertung für das Projekt „Stärkung der Humanressourcen für Wissenschaft und Forschung in Österreich“. University of Krems Press, Krems

Campbell, D. F. J.; Pausits, A.; Reisky, F. (2022). Die Auswirkungen von COVID-19 auf die Lehre an Österreichs Hochschulen. Erste empirische Evidenzen und deren systematische Reflexion. zeitschrift für hochschulrecht, hochschulmanagement und hochschulpolitik, 55: 55-61

Lessky, F.; Geppert, C.; Campbell, D. F. J.; Pausits, A. (2022). Die Situation von (Nachwuchs-)Wissenschafter:innen an österreichischen Hochschulen. Ergebnisse einer Sonderauswertung der APIKS-Austria-Befragung. Schriftenreihe Weiterbildung und lebensbegleitendes Lernen, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems


Third Mission Activities and Interdisciplinary Research at Universities in Austria: Comparison of the CAP (2010) and APIKS (2021) Surveys.

EAIR Forum Linz 2023, 05/09/2023

Academics’ Societal Engagement in Switzerland and Austria: A replication study attempt

APIKS Conference 2023 Krems, 02/09/2023

The desirability of an academic career – a cross-country comparison

APIKS Conference 2023 Krems, 02/09/2023

Early Career Researchers and their Career Prospects

European Conference of Education Research 2023, 22/08/2023

Understanding Precarity through the Lens of the Privileged – Professorial Perceptions of Academic Careers

Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, 14/04/2023

Early career researchers and their perception of PhD phase and career prospects

APIKS Conference Chile 2023, 25/01/2023

Research at University Colleges of Teacher Education – The Transformation to a Research Oriented Institution

EAIR Forum 2022 "Accelerating the Future of Higher Education", 06/09/2022

Higher Education Governance and Academics’ Perception of Institutional Governance and Management Practices – A Comparative Analysis

EAIR Forum 2022 "Accelerating the Future of Higher Education", 05/09/2022

Die Situation der Beschäftigten an öffentlichen und privaten Pädagogischen Hochschulen in Österreich - Ergebnisse aus dem Projekt APIKS Austria

Dienstbesprechung der Rektorinnen und Rektoren der Pädagogischen Hochschulen, 22/06/2022

Who participates where? Stratification in higher education and social and gender-related inequalities in the academic profession – Comparative Evidence from Germany and Austria

APIKS Conference: General work situation and working conditions in academia, 03/03/2022

Project team

Cooperation partner

apiks nicolaie götze

Nicolai Götze, MA
International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel            

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apiks christian schneijderberg

Dr. Christian Schneijderberg
International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel), University of Kassel

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