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.