Johannes Suitner

Urban Development Policy | Urban Transformations | Imaginaries | Vienna’s Planning History

Johannes Suitner is an urban and regional researcher with expertise in strategic urban development policy and urban sustainability transformations. In his research, the trained spatial planner (TU Wien) deals with processes of spatial and social change and how these are adopted, negotiated and governed in urban and regional development policy. Among other things, he examines the discursive construction of urban society, good urban planning and the city of the future, specific actor constellations and how they influence urban and regional policy processes, and how novel ideals, concepts and instruments are reflected and incorporated into spatial policy and practice. His work therefore focuses on urban and regional development strategies, and the governance of sustainability transitions, particularly regional energy transition, climate adaptation in cities, urban experimentation, and social innovation.

He is winner of the Rudolf Wurzer Prize for Spatial Planning (2014), former Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Spatial Research at the University of Graz (2017-2018), and lecturer at WU Vienna (since 2016) and SFU (since 2021).

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Various teaching formats in the bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in Spatial Planning at TU Wien, especially on:

  • Urban development policy & strategic planning
  • Urban transformation processes
  •  Research Design & Philosophy of Science
  • Academic Publishing & Scientific Writing

Coordinator of the elective module "Global development of cities and metropolitan regions" (together with A. Hamedinger)

Substitute member of the Study Commission for Spatial Planning (2016-2019)

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Selected publications:

  • Suitner, J. (2020). Vienna’s Planning History. Periodizing stable phases of regulating urban development, 1820-2020. Planning Perspectives, 36(5), 881-902. 
  • Suitner, J., & Ecker, M. (2020). “Making energy transition work”. Bricolage in Austrian regions’ path-creation. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 36(3), 209-220.
  • Suitner, J. (2015). Imagineering Cultural Vienna. On the Semiotic Regulation of Vienna's Culture-led Urban Transformation. Bielefeld: transcript.

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Univ.Ass. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.
Johannes Suitner

E-Mail: johannes.suitner[at]
Telefon: +43 1 58801 280226