In our series “Meet the LOC” we would like to introduce you to the members of our Local Organizing Committee. The previous entries in this series can be found here.
What is your main sociological field of study and what sparked your interest in it?
I am mostly interested in methods and methodology; empirical data are the basis for all sociological analyses and a poor quality of data affects all findings. It’s astonishing to see that some researchers put a lot of effort and know-how into statistics and use very sophisticated data analysis methods, but don’t wonder about the origin of the data they use and how they were constructed.
What characterizes your scientific work?
Curiosity – wanting to know how things work and why. As a consequence I do not have a strict and long-term fixed research agenda, because there are so many different things which arouse my interest.
What is the main professional activity you are engaged in?
Hard to say, there are different ones. Over the last years I was engaged in research about the methodological problems of intercultural surveys, but I also wrote an article about foundations of visual sociology and made a study on some problems of migrant workers in Austria.
What are your next projects or publications?
I’m currently busy editing a special volume of the Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Austrian Journal for Sociology) about intercultural social research and a book about forecasts in the social sciences.
Martin Weichbold is an associated professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Salzburg. His main fields of study are methods and methodology, especially intercultural comparisons.