The researchers of the ifz regularly publish monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings, as well as journal articles and working papers on different subjects within the realm of our institute’s focus on social and ethical questions. While most of our work is published in German, some publications are available in English as well:


Selected Publications (English)


H.P. Gaisbauer/G. Schweiger/Clemens Sedmak (Eds.): Absolute Poverty in Europe. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon. Policy Press, 2019.








E. Kapferer/I. Gstach/A. Koch/C. Sedmak (Hgg.): Rethinking Social Capital: Global Contributions from Theory and Practice. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.








G. Graf/G. Schweiger: Ethics and the Endangerment of Children’s Bodies. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.








Gaisbauer/G. Schweiger/C. Sedmak (Eds.): Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation. Studies in Global Justice 14. Cham: Springer, 2016.








C. Sedmak: A Church of the Poor. Pope Francis and the transformation of Orthodoxy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2016.









E. Kapferer/A. Koch/C. Sedmak (Eds.): Appreciating Local Knowledge. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.








Schweiger/G. Graf/M. Cabezas (Eds.): Justice and Disadvantages during Childhood. 1. ed. Bd. 1. Special Issue in Ethical Perspectives 23. Leuven: Peeters, 2016.








Elisabeth Kapferer/Andreas Koch/Clemens Sedmak (eds.): Strengthening Intangible Infrastructures, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.








The logics of change
Elisabeth Kapferer/Andreas Koch/Clemens Sedmak (eds.): The Logics of Change: Poverty, Place, Identity and Social Transformation Mechanisms, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.








Asmund Aamaas/William J. F. Keenan/Clemens Sedmak (eds.): Resilience and Unemployment, Wien – Berlin – Münster: LIT-Verlag 2011.








Decent work
Christiana Baguset/William J. F. Keenan/Clemens Sedmak (eds.): Decent Work and Unemployment: Perspectives on Social Ethics, Wien-Berlin-Münster: LIT Verlag, 2010.








perspectives in poverty alleviation
Thomas Böhler/Clemens Sedmak (eds.): Perspectives in Poverty Alleviation, Wien-Berlin-Münster: LIT Verlag, 2007.









Gunter Graf/Gottfried Schweiger: Poverty and Freedom. In: Human Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2014), pp 258-268

Isabell Gstach: The Austrian social festival Keep the Ball Rolling in a peripheral region of Upper Styria. In: European Countryside Vol. 6, No. 1 (2014), pp. 36–49.

Gunter Graf/Gottfried Schweiger: Capabilities, Recognition and the Philosophical Evaluation of Poverty: A Discussion of Issues of Justification and the Role of Subjective Experiences. In: International Critical Thought, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2013), pp. 282–296.

Gunter Graf/Gottfried Schweiger: The philosophical evaluation of poverty – Capabilities and recognation. In Salzburger Beiträge zur Sozialethik No. 3 (2013), pp. 1-21.

Clemens Sedmak: Human Dignity, Interiority, and Poverty. In: Proceedings of the British Academy 192 (2013) 563–575.

Bernhard Babic/Oscar Germes Castro/Gunter Graf: The Capability Approach as a Framework for the Evaluation of Child and Youth Care, in: European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 13, No. 3 (2010), pp. 409–413.



Contributions to Edited Volumes

Gunter Graf: Realizing the Life Chances of Children. An Application of the Capability Approach. In: Bilal Hawa/Niels Weidtmann (eds.), with a Preface by Martha Nussbaum: The Capability Approach on Social Order, Münster: LIT Verlag, 2012, pp. 187-205.

Bernhard Babic/Oscar Germes Castro/Gunter Graf: Approaching Capabilities with Children in Care. An International Project to Identify Values of Children and Young People in Care. In: Ortrud Leßmann et al. (eds.): Closing the Capability Gap. Renegotiating Social Justice for the Young. Opladen: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2011, pp. 267–276.