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Mag. Michael Friesenecker

Address:A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
Room:R 218
Phone:+43 (1) 4277-49279
eFax:+43 (1) 4277-849279
email:michael.friesenecker@univie.ac.at
Office hours:by appointment only

 

Research interests

Urban studies | Spatial research and planning | territorial and social inequalities | Urban revitalisation and gentrification | Housing studies

 

Current research projects

Vienna in Transition. (Dis-)Continuities of Urban Change in a European City

The model of a “European City” associating social cohesion, quality of life and economic competitiveness has come under increasing pressures over the last years. Among other forces, the post-industrial transition, socio-demographic shifts and globalization have fostered the emergence of new challenges for urban centers across Europe; yet simultaneously welfare rescaling has led local institutions to the forefront of contemporary social policy. In this regard, systematic empirical analyses of the shifts in urban and welfare policies focusing on the local sphere within multi-level governance systems have remained scarce. It is for this purpose that this project investigates the role of structural factors, path dependencies and governance arrangements in shaping the capacity of local institutions to deal with new social needs and challenges.

Within this broader picture, Vienna – with its long history of socially inclusive urban development – appears as highly representative of the European City Model. However, under the influence of the financial crisis, austerity policies and social cohesion challenges due to migration, the city might be orienting its policies along economic imperatives. By studying the changes since 1990, this project focuses on four key areas: the labour market, the accessibility and affordability of housing, political participation and environmental justice. These areas will be analyzed through a mixed-method approach considering the dimensions of distribution, recognition, representation and sustainability will lead the project to:

  • Contribute to the debates about the specificity of the European City Model;
  • Provide evidence on local social policy making embedded in complex multi-level governance arrangements;
  • Allow to identify the virtues and barriers of local social policies in key policy areas for social cohesion.

Funding: FWF
Funding periode: 2018-2021 (42 month)

 


 

COHSMO - Inequality, urbanization and Territorial Cohesion: Developing the European Social Model of economic growth and democratic capacity

COHSMO is an EU-funded comparative and mixed methods research project with 7 partner institutions in 7 EU member states.

The way that public, private and civil society stakeholders counter or cushion spatial injustice varies across localities in Europe. In common, is the need to develop the institutional capacities for place-based collaboration and to democratically mobilize communities for policy development and adaptation. The principal aim of COHSMO is to investigate the relation between socio-economic structures of inequality, urbanization and territorial cohesion, and how territorial cohesion at different European scales affect economic growth, spatial justice and democratic capacities. Although location and place have gained attention in European policy and the theoretical thinking informing regional development policies, COHSMO proposes a change of orientation in the direction of making place-informed theories and policies instead of applying existing theories and policies on places. This will be done by providing a cross-case analysis and assessment of territorial cohesion within three different cases in each of the seven national partner contexts based on a mixed-method and locality sensitive approach. The project aims at providing policy recommendations in relation to sustainable economic growth, spatial justice and democratic capacity, in order to contribute to the development of the European Social Model. Its research objectives are:

  • Understanding the relationship between policy instruments and local experiences of territorial cohesion.
  • Analysing how “social investment strategies” relate to territorial cohesion and local conditions.
  • Assessing spatial development policies at different governance scales to map the impact of different policy instruments in the fight against spatial inequality and spatial injustice.

Funding: European Union - Horizon 2020
Funding periode: 2017-2020

Department of Sociology
University of Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2
A-1090 Vienna

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