Ongoing Projects

The following list provides an overview about ongoing research projects at the Sociology Research Unit.

The research project ProSHARE (Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion through Practices of Sharing in Housing and Public Space) deals with forms and preconditions of sharing practices in the field of housing and public space in socially mixed neighbourhoods and their potentials and limits. Together with local actors and residents, the project explores how sharing practices can contribute to reducing the pressure on housing and public space on the one hand and to promoting diversity, social cohesion and inclusion in the neighbourhood on the other. Building on the previous research project StadtTeilen at the University of Kassel, transnational research will be conducted in eight European cities (Berlin-Stuttgart-Kassel, Vienna, Uppsala-Stockholm, London-Paris). The research project is funded by JPI Urban Europe, has a project duration of 18 months and is implemented in Vienna by Dr. Alexander Hamedinger and Dipl.Ing. Denise Goff in cooperation with the Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung for the districts 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Migrants with precarious residence status are excluded from many services and regular employment opportunities due to their residence status. Many European cities address the resulting problems with local programmes and projects, often in partnership and alliances with civil society actors. The LoReMi project deals with these local measures and strategies for inclusion and the protection of human rights regardless of residence status. Forms of cooperation and division of responsibilities as well as the discursive framings between public and civil society stakeholders in this field are investigated. The aim of the project is to close knowledge gaps and to promote the European, transdisciplinary exchange of knowledge on the inclusion of migrants with precarious residence status in municipal services and to initiate social innovations in this field together with stakeholders.

Project management Vienna: Simon Güntner
Project collaboration Vienna: Adrienne Homberger
Project duration: Mai 2021 until October 2022
Financing:  JPI Urban Europe and EU Horizon 2020

Project Partners:

  • TU Wien, Sociology
  • Uni Oxford, Center on Migration, Policy and Society - COMPAS
  • Hochschule Fulda, Department Sozialwesen

City partners:

  • Vienna: Human Rights Commissioner, Shams Asadi
  • Cardiff: Siân Sanders, Manager for Cohesion and Community Engagement
  • Frankfurt: Petra Tiarks-Jungk, Director Humanitarian Concerns, Health Department

Digitalisation is advancing rapidly and has reached all areas of our lives. Shaping this transformation is crucial for how we will live together. Many questions are still open. The ÖREK partnership is therefore dedicated to the overarching and systematic examination of the spatial dimension of digitalisation for Austria. Digital technologies can contribute to mitigating social and spatial disparities, but they can also exacerbate them. The Sociology research area is participating in the partnership in order to shed light on these interrelationships and to contribute to the discussion.

Financing: ÖROK
Project duration: October 2020 - March 2022
Project team: Simon Güntner, Fidelia Gartner (Research Unit Sociology), future.lab/ Research unit of Local Planning (Emilia M. Bruck, Rudolf Scheuvens, Madlyn-Anna Miessgang), Zukunftsorte (Josef Mathis), LandLuft (Isabel Stumfol), AustriaTech (Natasa Hodzic-Srndic, Maximilian Jäger)

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project SUNRISE ("Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods - Research and Implementation Support in Europe"), aims to promote sustainable neighbourhood mobility. The mission of SUNRISE is to facilitate shared learning on new, collaborative ways to address common urban mobility challenges at neighbourhood level through "Neighbourhood Mobility Labs", laying the foundation for a sustainable neighbourhood mobility planning approach. In the Horizon 2020 project SUNRISE, co-creation is the key concept for the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable mobility solutions at the district or neighbourhood level. The innovative approach of SUNRISE lies in the concrete involvement of actors from different social fields of action in all phases of the innovation process. In individual neighbourhoods in Bremen (Hulsberg), Budapest (Törökör), Jerusalem (Baka), Malmö (Lindängen), Southend-on-Sea (City Centre), Thessaloniki (Neo Rysio), co-creative processes are initiated and tested in SUNRISE to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable mobility solutions at the neighbourhood level.

Project duration: 2017–2021
Project team, TU Wien: Nadine Haufe (Head of the project team at TU Wien), Lukas Franta, Gesa Witthoeft, Jens S. Dangschat

Since 2018, TU Wien and Uni Wien have been organising an annual "ResearchLab New Social Housing" cooperatively and with the financial support of IBA Wien. International researchers are invited to present and discuss their work on changing topics. They also examine the situation in Vienna and comment on current developments and projects in social housing. In 2018, the focus was on the transformation of large housing estates, in 2019 it was on the many facets of the "social" in social housing. In 2020, the ResearchLab was dedicated to local and resident-led strategies for adapting to climate change, and in 2021 the relationship between living and working and other aspects of the hybridisation of housing were examined. In addition to international discussion, the aim of the events is also to network housing research in Vienna.

The ResearchLab has established itself as an important format not only for scientific networking but also for communication with actors in housing policy and social housing. In order to secure this work beyond the IBA presentation year 2022, the Sociology and Housing Research Departments and the Future.Lab at TU Wien have initiated the Research Center "New Social Housing" in cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at Uni Wien, which will begin its work at the end of 2021.

Client: IBA Wien
Project duration: since 2018
Contractor: Institute for Sociology at Uni Wien in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at TU Wien

In 2017, Berlin initiated the funding programme "BENN - Berlin Develops New Neighbourhoods" in close cooperation with the locally responsible district authorities. The aim is to strengthen the community in the neighbourhood around large refugee accommodation and thus make it easier for refugees to participate in social life. The scientific monitoring examines what effect the implementation of the integration management BENN has on the empowerment of the refugees on the one hand and on community building in the neighbourhood on the other. For this purpose, socio-spatial data is being evaluated for all 20 project areas and qualitative, in-depth case studies are being conducted at four locations.

The first results of the scientific monitoring show that the framework conditions in the neighbourhoods are very different and that the professional strategies are correspondingly different. Central elements in the implementation in all areas are the initiation of low-threshold integration-promoting activities inside and outside the accommodation, e.g. through cooking, sports or planting activities, as well as the networking of actors and measures for intercultural opening. In some areas, changes of accommodation operators and open rejection by residents posed major challenges, while in some neighbourhoods there was an open welcoming culture. During the Covid 19 pandemic, work was difficult to sustain and many projects could not be implemented. Due to the continuing difficult framework conditions, in some cases the goals have not yet been achieved, so that not only a continuation seems necessary, but also a revision and strengthening of the instruments.

Client: Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing Berlin
Project duration: 1/2018 - 12/2021
Contractor: S.T.E.R.N. Gesellschaft der behutsamen Stadterneuerung mbH, Berlin in cooperation with the Sociology Research Department, TU Vienna

The Pocket Mannerhatten research project is based on the principle "Those who share, get more". Areas, spaces and infrastructures on neighbouring properties are networked, developed for joint use and secured through rights of use. This opens up additional potential in the existing city: Building areas and infrastructures that were previously only used by the users and residents of a single building are also provided to the neighbours in Pocket Mannerhatten. For example, staircases, lifts and renewable energy systems can be implemented across buildings. Areas of two or more properties are combined into a larger, more functional one. This creates a number of benefits, including a higher quality of life through more and more intensive uses, increased value, higher profitability as well as use efficiency, resource savings and more effective access to subsidies.

The project was financed by the Climate and Energy Fund as part of a two-stage funding programme and additional support from the City of Vienna, MA 20 and IBA_Wien GmbH. It is based on the idea of architect Florian Niedworok. During the exploratory phase (June 2016 to July 2017), the concept was systematically developed in close cooperation with the LoI partners, and owners in a selected pilot area ("Block 61") were found who were interested in continuing and implementing the plans. After a successful evaluation, the project could be continued and implemented within the framework of a demonstration grant (March 2018 to May 2021).

The project results of the exploratory study, realistic spatial-functional sharing solutions, a draft of a funding strategy organised according to common good criteria as well as application-related basics for the activation, collaboration and cooperation of a Pocket Mannerhatten project are summarised in a handbook.

In the implementation project, the project team and its partners supported the owners and residents of "Block 61" in the structural, legal and communal development and implementation of exemplary sharing solutions, as well as an "overall system plan" for all properties in the block with a new quality of networked and shared spaces and infrastructures. In addition to the realisation of exemplary measures, further results were a transferable business model, the definition of parameters for a long-term monitoring of such projects, and a procedure coordinated with the administration, the unique selling point of which is a public welfare-oriented incentive and funding system.

Project partners:

  • Lead: tatwort Nachhaltige Projekt GmbH (consortium leadership)
  • P1: Arch. DI Florian Niedworok
  • P2: TU Wien, Institute for Spatial Planning - Research Unit Sociology
  • P3: TU Wien, Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics (EEG)
  • P4: Lawyer DDr. Gebhard Klötzl
  • P5: GRÜNSTATTGRAU Forschungs- und Innovations- GmbH



  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsdirektion – Geschäftsbereich Bauten und Technik
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 20 – Energieplanung
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 21 – Flächennutzung
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 25 – Stadterneuerung und Prüfstelle für Wohnhäuser
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 28 – Straßenverwaltung und Straßenbau
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilug 33 – Wien leuchtet, Öffentliche Beleuchtung und Verkehrssignale
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 37 – Baupolizei Gebietsgruppe West
  • Stadt Wien, Magistratsabteilung 42 – Wiener Stadtgärten
  • Stadt Wien, wohnfonds
  • Stadt Wien, Direktion Wiener Wohnen
  • Stadt Wien, Bezirk Ottakring – Bezirksvorstehung
  • Internationale Bauausstellung Wien
  • TU Wien, Institut für Architektur und Entwerfen
  • TU Wien, Institut für Städtebau, Landschaftsarchitektur und Entwerfen
  • Österreichisches Institut für nachhaltige Entwicklung ÖIN
  • Österreichischer Verband der Immobilienwirtschaft ÖVI
  • Stoll Wohnen Bau GmbH
  • JP Immobilien
  • NEST Agentur für Leerstandsmanagement GmbH
  • Raumpioniere – Agentur für StadtmacherInnen GmbH

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The research project AVENUE21, funded by the Ladenburg Kolleg of the Daimler and Benz Foundation from 2017-2020, was conducted within an interdisciplinary team of the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Planning (Leaders: Mathias Mitteregger, Emilia E. Bruck and Rudolf Scheuvens (all future.lab), Aggelos Soteropoulos and Martin Berger (both Research Unit Transportation System Planning), Andrea Stickler, Jens S. Dangschat and Ian Banerjee (all Research Unit Sociology).

The aim was to relate the possible effects of the technologies associated with automated and connected driving to changed road spaces, settlement structures and policies by means of different scenarios (Volume 1). In the second volume, explicit planning and political room for manoeuvre was identified and suggestions for steering were made. The results volumes can be downloaded free of charge - also chapter by chapter - under the following links:

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Volume 2, opens an external URL in a new window