Hermann Denz

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Hermann Denz (born November 29, 1949 in Lingenau , Vorarlberg , † January 12, 2008 in Hohenems ) was an Austrian sociologist .


After attending school in Kennelbach and high schools in Feldkirch and Bregenz, Hermann Denz studied social and economic sciences from 1967 to 1971 at the University of Innsbruck and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz .

After graduation as Mag.rer.soc.oec. in sociology in 1971 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Trier (1971/1972) and at the University of Linz (1973–1979). In 1974 he became a Dr.rer.soc.oec in Linz . PhD in Sociology . After an interim position as head of the social administration department in the City of Bregenz Office from 1979 to 1980, he was an assistant at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Linz from 1980 to 1983. In 1982 he completed his habilitation in Linz and received the venia legendi for sociology. In 1982/1983 he received a visiting professorship and 1983/1984 a substitute professor at the Catholic University of Eichstätt . From 1988 to 1992 he was assistant professor at the inter-university research institute for distance learning (study center Bregenz, from 1992 center for distance learning at the University of Linz), from 1992 assistant professor at the institute for sociology at the University of Innsbruck. From 1995 he taught at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn. In 1997 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Innsbruck.

He was a member of the Austrian Society for Sociology (ÖGS) and GESIS - Society for Social Science Infrastructure Institutions


Denz has published numerous works and scientific papers, in particular on the discussion of values and ethics , social policy , social work and the subject of religion and the changing church.

For the establishment of the social work course at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences and the Bregenz Social Center, he was awarded the Great Merit Sign of the State of Vorarlberg .

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  1. ↑ Obituary notice (PDF; 49 kB)
  2. ^ "Awards from the state and the federal government" , ORF