Prof. Dr. Knut Petzold

Methods of Empirical Social Research
Zittau/Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences

knut.petzold (at)

Knut Petzold is a sociologist with expertise in social stratification, sociological action theory, and sociological research methods with a specific focus on research designs and causal inference. His current research interest covers topics including higher education and work, mobility and migration, ethnic discrimination, social norms, and the validation of survey experiments.

He holds a doctoral degree in sociology (summa cum laude) from the University of Leipzig and received a postdoctoral graduation (habilitation) from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. At present, he is affiliated as a Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Research at the Zittau/Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences.


New article: Gekommen, um zu bleiben? Verbleibsintentionen internationaler Studierender in Deutschland. Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung

New article: Fear of the Dark? A Systematic Comparison of Written Vignettes and Photo Vignettes in a Factorial Survey Experiment on Fear of Crime. methods, data, analyses (together with Stefanie Eifler)

New article: Factorial Survey Experiments in the Sociology of Education. Potentials, Pitfalls, Evualuation. Swiss Journal of Sociology

Research Stream RS13 - Sociology of Spatial Mobilities with eight sessions at the 15th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA) Barcelona, September 2021 (together with Heiko Rüger & Gil Viry)

Prize for the best habilitation thesis 2019, donated by the Eichstätter Universitätsgesellschaft

Last update: August 2022