Vienna Team

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Urban and Regional Research (oeaw_logo_blau_eISR) The Institute for Urban and Regional Research is one of the leading institutes in the field of structural analysis of migration and immigrant population in Austria. It has a long tradition in this subject reaching back to the early 1980s, when the first guest-worker study was implemented. In the following years a large number of publications and research activities dealt with migration to Austria, its demographic and societal consequences and the different paths of integration of immi- grants into the Austrian society in general and the urban social setting in particular. In the 1990s after the Fall of the Iron Curtain there was a slight shift in research questions. The guest worker migration was losing its importance and the European East-West migration gained increasing interest for the ISR.

Within ICEC, the Vienna City Team is headed by the ISR that also serves as lead partner. The team includes a senior advisor (Heinz Fassmann), two senior researchers (Josef Kohlbacher and Ursula Reeger) and two Post-Doc researchers (Yvonne Franz and Julia Dahlvik).

Heinz Fassmann is Professor for Applied Geography, Regional Research and Spatial Planning at the University of Vienna, Managing Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Vice Rector for Human Resources Development and International Relations at the University of Vienna. He is author (or co-author) of more than 220 scientific articles and around 40 books, monographs or project reports. He is member of the Academia European and Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His main fields of research include the linkages between spatial development, the societal change and the influence of the political system. He is specialized in the field of demography, especially migration, in urban geography and in spatial planning. Moreover, he has extensive experience in the spatial impacts of the transformation process in the Central European region.

Josef Kohlbacher is senior researcher at the ISR. From 1978 to 1985 he studied Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Egyptology, History and German Literature at the University of Vienna where he obtained his PhD in 1984 and his Doctor of Social Sciences in 1985. In 1988 he started to work at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is especially interested in the topics East-West migration, xenophobia, the integration of ethnic minorities in the urban context and interethnic neighbourship relations in housing estates.

Julia Dahlvik began work as a Post-Doc researcher at the ISR in 2015. She studied Sociology and Translation Studies at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in Sociology in 2014. She has taken part in study abroad at Université Paris 8 (France), LSE (UK), EUI (Italy) and the United Nations (U.S.). Between 2009 and 2014 she coordinated the Platform ‘Migration and Integration Research ‘at University of Vienna. Her research interests include migration, urban transformations, organisations and law. She is a lecturer at the University of Vienna and and FH Campus Wien (University for Applied Sciences).

Yvonne Franz has been a Post-Doc researcher at the ISR since 2013. She studied Economics and Geography at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, University of Cologne and University of Vienna and received her PhD in 2013. Her research interests include neighbourhood development policies, as well as urban regeneration, urban renewal and gentrification. She is a lecturer at University of Vienna and is organizing with Heinz Fassmann, Christiane Hintermann and John Mollenkopf the Viennese Summer School of Urban Studies 2014.

Alois Humer has been a Post-Doc researcher at the ISR since late 2014.He studied Geography (Spatial Research and Regional Planning) at the University of Vienna and received his PhD in 2014. He has previously worked as scientific referee for the Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning and later as research assistant at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the University of Vienna. His research interests include urban and regional planning, EU Regional Policy and the geography of welfare – foremost in a European, comparative context. He has participated in several European research projects and is also a lecturer at University of Vienna.

Jennie Carvill Schellenbacher began work as an assistant researcher at the ISR in early 2014. She studied Archaeology at the University of Durham, Museums Studies at the University of Leicester and is currently studying for her PhD at the University of Vienna. Her research interests include migration, representations of diversity and city histories, museum activism and social inclusion.

Former team members:

Philipp Schnell was a Post-Doc researcher at the ISR 2013-4 . Philipp studied Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Bonn and the Free University Berlin, Germany. Afterwards he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in 2012 from the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on Migration and Ethnicity, Social Inequality, Social Mobility, Urban Studies and Comparative Sociology. He is also a lecturer at the University of Vienna and Salzburg.

Ursula Reeger has been a senior researcher at the ISR since 1989. She studied Geography (Spatial Research and Regional Planning) at the University of Vienna and received her PhD in Geography in 1999. Her research interests include international migration, integration (both on the labour and the housing market), interethnic relations on the local level and migrant entrepreneurship. She has published on these subjects in a range of academic journals and books. She is a member of the IMISCOE Research Network.


Vienna Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 6/14/15 + Urban Renewal Office for the Districts 7/8/16 Logo_GB_Vienna_DEThe Urban Renewal Offices are contractors of the City of Vienna and consists of architecture firms (HuB Architekten ZT KG and Klerings Architekten GmbH) as well as a housing cooperative (WBV-GPA). The interdisciplinary team of architects and urban planners work closely together in all fields of “Soft Urban Renewal” and local development projects. It has an ample practical experience in the practical implementation of neighbourhood-related measures and is strongly interlinked with the Urban Renewal Offices. These Offices, “GB*” for short, are a service provided by the City of Vienna and an important partner for the City of Vienna in urban renewal matters. They offer information and advice in matters regarding housing issues, neighbourhood improvement and infrastructure, stimuli for local businesses, urban renewal, the local community and living together in the city. They are a central point of contact for the districts, know the local key players and are linked to many other service offices of the City of Vienna. There is also a mobile urban renewal office that serves as a contact point for people from different districts and addresses questions related to housing and refurbishment. The GB* offices and projects are managed by private contractors on behalf of Municipal Department 25 – Urban Renewal and Assessment in Matters of Housing Construction and Promotion (MA 25). The ICEC team constists of six staff members:

Christiane Klerings holds a diploma in architecture from the Technical University of Vienna. She is also a civil engineer with an authorization in architecture. Since 2007, she holds the position of an Associate and is Director of an architectural office responsible for the project Management of the Urban Renewal Office „GB*6–9“ (until 2011) and the Urban Renewal Office „GB*6/14/15“ (since 2012). She manages a broad variety of projects in neighbourhoods in Vienna’s districts 6 to 15.

Markus Steinbichler holds a diploma in Spatial Planning from the Technical University of Vienna. From 1999 to 2002 he was employed in a planning office, and in 2005 he started to work for the Centre of Local Planning (IFOER) of the Technical University Vienna where he accumulated considerable experience in local planning matters. Since 2010 he has been employed at the Urban Renewal Office „GB*6/14/15“, where he holds the position of the manager of the project „the GUMPENDORFER – an active street” and manages the revitalization of a traditional inner city main shopping street in the 6th district.

Daniel Dutkowski studied Spatial Planning at the  Technical University of Vienna (DI). From 2009 to 2012 he was employed in a traffic planning office with the focus on cycling-planing. Since 2012 he has been employed at the Urban Renewal Office „GB*6/14/15“, where he holds the position of a project manager. The focus of his work is the urban development of 14th district in Vienna. In addition, he is also known as photographer and designer for spatial planning matters and gaind experience as lecturer at the Technical University Vienna.

Florian Brand is Contractor of the City of Vienna for the Urban Renewal Office in the districts 7-8-16. He took Studies in Landscape Design and Architecture and graduated 2002 in Architecture. From 2003 to 2008 he taught at the Vienna University of Technology and at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. He has a rich experience in managing building projects and in the implementation of measures of soft urban renewal in neighbourhoods.

Barbara Jeitler holds a diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from Vienna University of Technology (DI). In addition to former studies in architecture she is currently studying Migration at the Donau University, Krems. Since 2006 she has been  employed in the Urban Renewal office and is engaged in strategies for urban regeneration, local economy and migration. She is currently working for the GB*7/8/16.

Emine Afacan Aldirmaz is founder of the association “Hanimeli” which provides sewing classes, German courses and other adults’ education services to muslim women in Vienna. She is currently working for the Urban Renewal Office GB*7/8/16 and is our main contact person within the ICEC Urban Living Lab “Herbststraße”.

Former Team Members

Miriam Uebelhör studied social work and wrote her bachelor thesis on current challenges the soft urban renewal approach in Vienna faces in a growing city. Before that she studied tourism management and gained working experience in event and conference management. She is currently working for the Urban Renewal Office GB*7/8/16.

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