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Univ.-Prof. Yuri Albert Kyrill Kazepov, Ph.D.

Address:A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
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Work areas and research focus

International urban sociology

Poverty, segregation, governance, local social policy, city regeneration projects, multilevel governance, EU-state-city relations, life situation analysis

Comparative social policy

Welfare regimes, social benefits , activations policies, migration, rescaling and regionalising of social policy, citizenship, cross-country comparison (theories and methods), EU and social policy

Current research projects

BALANCE - Balancing climate and social housing policies in the transformation to a low carbon society: Designing integrated policy mixes for Austria

Austria’s low carbon transformation needs to reach climate targets without negatively impacting the social agenda. BALANCE designs policy mixes in the domain of housing which reconcile climate and social policy measures. In an iterative process, secondary socio-economic data and household surveys serve to assess current policies, while economic modelling and choice experiments help to assess future policy mixes. A stakeholder assisted synthesis validates and refines the findings from the empirical policy assessments.

Funding: Austrian Climate and Energy Fund
Funding period: 2018-2021 (24 month)


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


YOUNG_ADULLLT – Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course. A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe

YOUNG_ADULLLT is an EU-funded comparative and mixed methods research project with 15 partner institutions in 9 EU member states.
Current Lifelong Learning (LLL) policies for young adults in Europe aim both at creating economic growth and, at the same time, guaranteeing social inclusion. However, their distinct orientations and objectives as well as varying temporal horizons may create or exacerbate conflicts and ambiguities thus causing fragmentation, ineffectiveness and/or unintended effects for young people. YOUNG_ADULLLT aims at analyzing the interaction and complementarity of LLL policies and policy-making with other sectorial policies as well as understanding the different ways in which LLL policies are socially embedded in specific regional and local contexts across Europe.
The project focuses on the interplay of three different analytical levels and perspectives – the individual, the structural level and the institutional level. Its research objectives are:

  • Understanding the relationship and complementarity between LLL policies and young people’s social conditions and assessing their potential implications and intended/unintended effects on young adults’ life courses.
  • Analysing LLL policies in terms of young adults’ needs as well as their potential for successfully recognising and mobilising the hidden resources of young adults for their life projects.
  • Researching LLL policies in their embeddedness in regional economies, labour markets and individual life projects of young adults.
  • Identifying best practices and patterns of coordinating policy-making at local and regional levels.

Funding: European Union – Horizon 2020
Funding period: 36 months (1 March 2016 – 28 February 2019)
Website: http://www.young-adulllt.eu/


GranD Cities - Green and Diverse Cities. The social impact of urban policies for sustainability in comparative  perspective

The need for more sustainable cities has been considered a key point of global strategy for the future and one of the most important aims of the EU strategy for the urban environment. However, sustainability can also be described as one piece of rhetoric; far from being an effective paradigm, being too broad, vague and economically-centred, and with no specific social dimensions clearly set out. Although the attention to social inclusion, especially in the most deprived urban areas, is an important pillar of urban sustainability, a clear evaluation of the social impacts of sustainability programs in EU Cities is still missing. This investigation aims to fill this gap, by analysing, in comparative perspective, the social impacts of green urban renewal in Europe. By selecting as case studies Vienna and Copenhagen, two cities that have been particularly successful in implementing policies for environmental sustainability, the research project aims to identify intended and unintended impacts of these strategies in terms of social and spatial inequality among social groups. The project will adopt the following research strategies: quantitative data gathering; interviews with key informants in cities; ethnographic research in areas of the cities affected by green urban renewal and programs for sustainability; comparative analysis of data and information.

Marie Curie Fellow: Roberta Cucca
Supervisor: Yuri Kazepov

Fundig period: 24 month  (01 April 2016 - 31 March 2018)

Completed research projects

Selection 2005 - 2017

  • 2013-2017 DIVERCITIES ’Governing Urban Diversity: Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today's Hyperdiversified Cities’
    Website: http://www.urbandivercities.eu/
    Funding: FP7 – EU‘s Research and Innovation Programme
    Funding period: 48 month.

  • 2013-2016 INSPIRES “Innovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe”
    Webside: www.inspires-research.eu
    FP7 der EU.
    Funding period:
    48 months.

  • 2013-2016 SEFIRA: Socio-Economic implications For Individual Responses to Air pollution policies in EU +27
    Webside: http://www.sefira-project.eu
    FP7 der EU.
    Funding period:
    36 months.

  • 2012-2016 IMPROVE Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation
    Webside: http://www.improve-research.eu/
    FP7 der EU.
    Funding period: 48 months.
  • 2011-2013 PRIN2009 L’impatto dei cambiamenti sociali sui piani di intervento politico-assistenziale [***]
    Funding: MUR (Ministry of Science and Research).
    Funding period: 24 months.
  • 2010-2013 GOETE “Governance of Educational Trajectories in Europe”
    Website: www.goete.eu
    Funding: FP7-EU.
    Funding period: 36 months.
  • 2007-2008 La dimensione territoriale delle politiche sociali in Italia: attori, processi e risultati
    [Territorial dimension of social policy in Italy: actors, processes and results]
    Funding: MUR (Ministry of Science and Research).
    Funding period: 24 months.
  • 2007-2008 TACCLE. Teacher’s Aids on Creating Content for Learning Environments
    Website: http://www.taccle.eu/
    Funding: EU education.
    Funding period: 24 months.
  • 2005-2008 Rescaling of Social Welfare Policies – A comparative study on the path towards multi-level governance in Europe
    Website: http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=89
    Funding: Ministries and research institutions of partner countries.
    Duration: 30 months.
  • 2002-2006 Italian project management of UrbEurope at the University of Urbino, an RTN project (Research Training Network).
    Duration: 48 month.
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