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 habilitation (postdoctoral graduation) from the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. At present, he is affiliated as Professor in Methods of Empirical Social Research at the Zittau/Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences.


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)

Session on Analytische Perspektiven auf die Corona-Krise at the Joint Congress of the German Sociological Association and the Austrian Sociological Association "Post-Corona-Gesellschaft? Pandemie, Krise und ihre Folgen", WU Vienna, August 2021

Session on Factorial Surveys and Choice Experiments at the 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association, TU Berlin, September 2020 (together with Hawal Shamon)

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

Last update: August 2021