The Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt (FORBA) is an independent research institute specialising in social-science research on topical issues of work and employment. The institute is interdisciplinary and international in character, looking back on long-term cooperation with researchers in the EU and overseas. In terms of their training and background, FORBA’s academic staff cover sociology, political science, business administration and computer science, with research activities at the institute centring on both basic and applied research in these areas. Knowledge transfer aimed at translating research findings into social practice forms an integral part of the institute’s activities. FORBA wants to add to the knowledge available on work and employment and to provide policy advice with the aim of contributing to better working conditions.

The institute was established as a not-for-profit organisation and works independently, with a board comprised of the institute's management and team coordinators. It is managed by Thomas Riesenecker-Caba.

FORBA currently employs a staff of about 15 persons.

Thematic focus

Research at FORBA mainly covers four major thematic research areas allocated to four teams:

  • Work, Organisation, Transnationalisation (Team coordinator: Annika Schönauer)
  • Work, Gender and Politics (Team coordinator: Ingrid Mairhuber)
  • Sustainable Working Life (Team coordinator: Hubert Eichmann)
  • Information System Design and Data Protection (Team coordinator: Thomas Riesenecker-Caba)

Additional key services available at FORBA to support research activities include secretarial and administrative services, project coordination, a library and technology support.