About the Research Platform

The pivotal characteristic of the Research Platform “The Challenge of Urban Futures” is its epistemological breadth, in that it aims at scrutinising ecologies of relations that connect multiple thematic areas. The Platform aims at unravelling the social, cultural, economic and politico-institutional mechanisms underlying the convergences and divergences across European cities to track the transformation of urban structures over the last four decades.

Given the wide gamut of issues cities are facing, we focus our research endeavours on five thematic areas: Society and Culture, Economy and Redistribution, Environment and Sustainability, Technology and Surveillance, and Urban Government and Governance. More in detail, our research activities will sit at the intersection of these multiple thematic areas. To achieve this ambitious task, our Research Platform will bring together researchers both within and outside the University of Vienna sharing complementary expertise on the multifarious facets of urban studies.



Byeongsun Ahn, Michael Friesenecker, Yuri Kazepov and Jana Brandl are publishing (ahead of print) 'How Context Matters: Challenges of Localizing Participatory Budgeting for Climate Change Adaptation in Vienna' in Urban Planning.


Incoming fellow Sarah Klosterkamp (University of Bonn) presented in December 2022 dos and don’ts in public-to-science-communication. Various ideas are developing from here amongst research platform members. Stay tuned.


A new publication of our research affiliates, Elisabetta Mocca, Pamela Pasian & Byeongsun Ahn, in the European Journal of Social Science Research


Handbook on Urban Social Policies - Edited by Yuri Kazepov, Eduardo Barberis, Roberta Cucca and Elisabetta Mocca

Five Areas of Research