Gabriele Pessl is a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna and Doctoral student in sociology at the University of Vienna. As a member of the research group Equi at the IHS she focuses on research questions in the fields of education and social inequality, thereby acknowledging the significance of education for societal development in a holistic manner. Her studies comprise basic research as well as applied research and evaluations. Gabriele Pessl builds on expertise on questions of school drop-out, early school leaving, and youth in transition. She is recently working on her doctoral thesis on the meanings of early school leaving policies in biographies of early school leavers, thus combining biographical case reconstruction and discourse analysis.