A Portrait of the Head of the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research
Our series re.searched presents researchers of the St. Pölten UAS. Next one up: Johannes Pflegerl, Head of the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research.
To me, curiosity means…
… being open-minded and willing to get to know and understand new things, even if it can be irritating at times.
I do research because…
… I believe that science can make valuable contributions to the shaping of society – if the research is not carried out for its own sake but is willing to address unresolved issues and to take the needs and desires of the people seriously. What is required for this purpose is the willingness to meet potential users at eye level, to let them participate in research processes, and to explain scientific actions in a comprehensible manner.
In the next 20 years, our society will be characterised by…
… many upheavals as a consequence of the restructuring and redesign of our working and living environments.
About the person
Johannes Pflegerl runs the Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research at the St. Pölten UAS. He studied sociology and history at the University of Vienna and the Metropolitan University in Manchester, used to work at the Austrian Institute for Family Studies (ÖIF), and is now a lecturer at the St. Pölten UAS. The research and publications of Johannes Pflegerl focus on ageing and social work, relatives, migration and family, compatibility of family and work, partnership and domestic violence, and social family history.