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.



The Research Platform has its first PhD Project

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network SOLiDi "Solidarity in Diversity" has been granted and launched at 23 partner organisations.



Online book presentation by Davide Arcidiacono (University of Catania)

Discussant: Alberta Andreotti (University of Milano-Bicocca)



Online book presentation by Alba Angelucci (Università di Urbino „Carlo Bo“): Spaces of urban citizenship. An intersectional comparative analysis between Milan and Rotterdam.

Discussant: Marisol Garcia (Universitat de Barcelona)


Five Areas of Research