Network

The Research Platform endeavours to unite interdisciplinary approaches to its research areas. Partner, collaborators and affiliated projects are its core. 


The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network SOLiDi

The MSCA European Training Network “Solidarity in Diversity” (SOLiDi), coordinated by Prof. Stijn Oosterlynck, University of Antwerp, started on the 01. January 2021. Prof. Yuri Albert Kyrill Kazepov is the scientist in charge of the Research Platform The Challenge of Urban Futures, joining a network of 10 beneficiaries and 23 partner organizations from eight European countries participating in the ETN.

The network will develop a training and research program focused on how to generate solidarities across cultural boundaries, taking the proximity of citizens with different ethnic-cultural backgrounds in specific places and the practices they engage in as starting point. In particular, SOLiDi will train 15 early stage researchers in relevant theories, research methods and ethics and paradigms of social change such as public pedagogy and policy and organisational change to study practices of place-based solidarities in diversity in different geographical, policy and organisational contexts. The aim is to articulate a new vision on solidarity adapted to superdiverse societies and to better equip professionals and organisations with adequate and innovative tools for facilitating solidarity in diversity.

One PhD research will be based at the University of Vienna.


Environmental Sciences Research Network

The Research Platform is part of the Environmental Sciences Research Network of the University of Vienna. The network consists of scientists from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, law and economics and brings them together in the context of different initiatives. Furthermore, the network aims to take research to the outside world and to contribute, in joint efforts with its partners, to a responsible approach to our environment. The ESRN is open to all researchers (students, doctoral candidates, postdocs, professors, etc.) of the University of Vienna.


Urban Agency III: Towards a more sustainable integration of disciplines in urban studies

The Urban Studies Institute (USI) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, offers a platform for interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to urban issues. It merges social and human sciences like sociology, history, geography and transport economy with urban planning, engineering and ecological and health sciences. Among other things, this has resulted in projects on smart cities (Hercules), solidarity (and religion) (FWO-SBO and MSCA-ITN-ETN), transit-oriented development (MSCA-ITN-ETN), green infrastructures, etcetera.

In the past five years, in large part thanks to the WOG “Urban Agency II: The Historical Fabrication of the City as an Object of Study”, the institute has assumed a pioneering role in reflections on the interdisciplinary nature of urban studies. This has resulted in several book projects and individual articles (some of which are listed below), including a book series (Routledge Advances in Urban History, series editors Bert De Munck and Simon Gunn) in which the relationship between historical empiricism and urban theory takes center stage.

The research is targeted at the urban environment and health, the urban metabolism and the relationship between nature and urban infrastructure; the urban economy and the related issues of inequality and mobility; political participation, civil society, migration and solidarity; urban identities, citizenship and the representation of the city.


PhD-Club: Social Spaces & Practices of Governance

This PhD Club is primarily a reading club but can also adapt to members’ punctual needs, e.g. to discuss a member’s written work relevant to the club. Its members collectively choose the readings that form the basis of the debates. Selected readings engage with (urban) governance from a sociological or anthropological perspective. More specifically, the club tackles the social processes of making policy, institutions, bureaucracies as well as the state. Local conditions and practices form the basis of our perspective on governance that we analytically connect with global processes.

The club gets together on a biweekly basis to discuss read literature and critically engage with it. It is organised within the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences.

Target Group: Doctoral candidates, postdoctoral and early-stage researchers looking at the policy as social processes

Contact: Tatjana Boczy, Catherine Raya Polishchuk

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Neighbourhoods and Life Quality - International Policy Learning

Research Project: Neighbourhoods and Life Quality - International Policy Learning

The Verwey-Jonker Institute (Netherlands) conducts a research project focusing on learning from policies in eight municipalities in Canada, France, Austria and the United Kingdom regarding vulnerable neighbourhoods. The researchers analyse key strategies as well as interviews with policymakers and practitioners to identify (un)successful strategies of increasing life quality at the neighbourhood level. 

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CURB: The COVID-19 pandemic as disruptive force for urbanization

In the long run, the COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting the development of urban regions though changing societal preferences of housing. Platform Co-PI Alois Humer and his work group of Spatial Research & Spatial Planning will follow this thesis on the case of the metropolitan region of Vienna in a multiannual FWF Project under the SARS-CoV-2 Urgent Funding.

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