Mag.a, Margaret Haderer, PhD MA


Housing; Right to the City; socio-ecological Transformation; urban experiments; environmental politics; urban and environmental governance; urban theory; political theory and the history of ideas.


Margaret Haderer studied in Vienna (University of Vienna), Budapest (Central European University) and Canada (University of Toronto). She obtained her PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, where she wrote her dissertation on political ideologies and housing. Her book Rebuilding Cities and Citizens: Mass Housing in Red Vienna and Cold War Berlin will be published by Amsterdam University Press in 2023.

Research Foci

Housing understood as a key site for contesting and institutionalizing societal norms and ideals (e.g. of property, freedom or gender roles) embodies one of her key research interests. More recently, Margaret has turned to environmental questions (e.g. climate change) and (urban) responses to them. From 2018 to 2022 she worked at the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability at WU Vienna in a FWF-funded project on urban experiments in socio-ecological change, such as smart cities, urban labs, test beds, grass roots experiments, concrete utopias). Studying the hopes attached to scopes and limits of experimental (urban) governance has been her central research focus over the last few years, research she is currently writing on. As of May 2022, Margaret joined the Sociology-Team at TU Wien. Revisiting the housing question in light of pressing socio-ecological challenges is one of the research foci she intends to work on in her new environment.

Teaching and Research

Her teaching portfolio so far encompasses BA- and MA courses on topics such as ‚Right to the City‘, the production of space, theories of property, environmental governance, social theory and political theory (What is politics? What is democracy?). Her publication portfolio includes - apart from her monography – peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Social Sciences, and the European Journal of Social Theory.

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