© 2009

Interviewing Experts

  • Alexander Bogner
  • Beate Littig
  • Wolfgang Menz

Part of the Research Methods Series book series (REMES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Expert Interviews — An Introduction to a New Methodological Debate

    1. Alexander Bogner, Beate Littig, Wolfgang Menz
      Pages 1-13
  3. Theoretical Concepts: Methodology of Expert Interviews

  4. Methodological Practice: Generating Data

  5. Fields of Application: Applications of Expert Interviews in Different Fields of Research

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-281

About this book


Expert interviews are today a standard method of qualitative approach in the social sciences. It is surprising that methodological reflections about the expert interview are still lacking. This book gives a comprehensive overview of their theory and practice. The contributors are experienced theorists and practitioners of expert interviews.


empirical social research evaluation gender interview Policy political science social research social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander Bogner
    • 1
  • Beate Littig
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Menz
    • 3
  1. 1.Austrian Academy of SciencesAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Advanced StudiesAustria
  3. 3.Institute for Social Science ResearchGermany

About the editors

ALEXANDER BOGNER is a sociologist and researcher at the Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria. He teaches Qualitative Methods at the University of Vienna and his research interests include science and technology studies, sociology of biopolitics and methods of empirical social research.

BEATE LITTIG is Head of the Sociology Department at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria. She studies Sociology at the Universities of Göttingen, Hamburg and at the Free University Berlin. Her research and teaching include qualitative methods, gender studies, environmental sociology and the sociology of work.

WOLFGANG MENZ is a researcher at the Institute for Social Science Research, ISF München, Germany. He studied Sociology und Political Science at the Universities of Marburg, Frankfurt and Edinburgh. He lectures at the Universities of Vienna and Frankfurt and his research interests include the sociology of work and organisation, science studies and methods of qualitative research.

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