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Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Reinprecht

Address:A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
Phone:+43 (1) 4277-48135
eFax: +43-1-4277-848135
Office hours:please see staff list

Research interests

  • Migration research:
    • Research on first-generation ageing
    • Living conditions and life quality in the city
    • Participation
    • Migration and memory
  • Social structure and social inequality:
    • Research on social insecurity and precarity
    • Social change in Vienna o Social dynamics in city neighbourhoods
    • Future of social and communal housing
    • Youth appropriation strategies

  • Political sociology
    • Research on national identity and collective memory in East-Central Europe and Austria

  • Theory and methodology of participatory intervention research

Research projects:

Settlement Monitoring Seetadt Aspern
Duration: 2015
Funding: Wiener Wohnbauforschung (MA 50) und Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG

Seestadt Aspern is the largest urban development area in Vienna; a new neighborhood with 20,000 inhabitants is coming into being. This raises the question of which groups have been (and will be in future) attracted for moving in. Commissioned by the Vienna Housing Research (MA 50), the following issues are examined: Which populations move into the new neighborhood, and what are their motivations and expectations? Is the neighborhood attractive to specific life and living living styles? How runs the process of social and socio-spatial integration? Which aspects may facilitate, or hamper, the construction and sustaining of a socially cohesive neighborhood? It is for the first time, that the settlement of a new district in Vienna is scientifically monitored. The research project is mainly based on a quantitative survey, supplemented by qualitative interviews with key actors, and socio-spatial analyses.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Cornelia Dlabaja

Mémoires de passeurs, passeurs de mémoires. Lieux, temps et formes de la transmission et de l’oubli
Duration: 2014-2015
Funding: Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord (MSHPN)

The project brings together researchers from France, Denmark, USA, Czech Republic and Austria all approaching the aspects of collective memory (such as Shoah, colonialism and migration) from different disciplinary perspectives and with an interest in the process of transfer (French passeur) including their own role as researchers. The project is organised by way of four seminars in which following topics will be addressed: collective memory between dominance and emancipation; instrumentalisation and metamorphosis; urban space as place of memory; methodological requirements and issues.

Contact persons: Céline Barrère, Claire Lévy-Vroelant, Christoph Reinprecht, Maria-Pohn-Weidinger, Gabi Anderle

Rester en (Centre-)Ville. Résistance et résilience de la ville ordinaire dans quatre quartiers de villes capitales : Paris, Lisbonne, Bruxelles, Vienne (REV)
Duration: 2014-2015
Funding: Plan Urbanisme Constructión Architecture (PUCA), Ministère de l’Egalité des Territoires et du Logement

This project, established at the Paris Research Centre LAVUE (
Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement, www.lavue-cnrs.fr) and managed in Paris by Yankel Fijalkow und Claire Lévy-Vroelant, examines the social and socio-spatial resistance resources in the central residential areas of four European capitals (relating to the institutions and to the people living and working there as well as to their interrelationships) compared with the tendency in all four cities towards metropolitanisation and related processes of economisation, functional change and power shifts. The research area in Vienna is the district of Volkert- und Alliierten, a traditional working-class and immigrant area showing increasing signs of gentrification. In particular, the study will ask whether and in what manner social and socio-spatial practices contribute to strengthening the urban fabric and resilience of the area. How is the change perceived by the residents and users, and what practices and strategies have they developed in order to defend themselves against a possible displacement?

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Christina Liebhart, Thea-Maria Sørensen

Impact of migration on service provision and utilisation of care and support services in Vienna
Duration: 2013-2015
Funding: Stadt Wien (Magistratsabteilung 24), Dachverband Wiener Sozialeinrichtungen

The aim of the study is to ascertain empirical basis for a scientific needs assessment of care and support services for the population of foreign descent and the resulting demands on the organisation of these services in Vienna. The study is a response to the observation of disproportionately low utilisation of professional care and support services by some groups of origin. Additional to a secondary analysis of quantitative data on care services utilisation, a questionnaire-based survey will be conducted among relevant migrant population supplemented by participatory workshops and a Delphi study of experts and key persons from the fields of social policy, migration work, age and care.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Zoltan Peter, Eva Rossbacher, Tatjana Zarković, Faime Alpagu, Devran Koyupinar, Ina Wilczewska

The Secret Life of ‘Grätzel’ - Students Write Local History
Duration: 2012-2015
Funding: Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung (Sparkling Science Forschungsprogramm)

Together with students from two Vienna schools, the dynamics of transnational urban space are examined together with the limits on its appropriation and the exceeding thereof. Particular focus is on multilingualism as a resource and compass for daily appropriation of space and district cartography.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Julia Edthofer, Assimina Gouma, Petra Neuhold, Bettina Prokop, Paul Scheibelhofer

The TRANSLAB Project. Cross-Border Labour Mobility, Transnational Labour Markets and Social Differentiation in the Central European Region.
Duration: 2012-2015
Funding: Wiener Wissenschafts,- Forschungs,- und Technologiefonds
Social Sciences and Humanities in Vienna
, Universität Wien

The project examines recent intra-European migration movements, taking the Central European Region (CENTROPE) as an exemplary instance. This economically and culturally diverse region lies in the heart of Europe, with Vienna as its central metropolitan area. The year 2011 marks the culmination of an important change to the region: on 1 May, the last barriers to the free movement of labour were removed. Experts expect that the opening of the borders will lead to a substantial dynamisation of migration processes from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Austria. The focus of the project is on migrants'
(a) reasons for migrating;
(b) labour market integration and occupational trajectory;
(c) integration into social networks and dynamics of social inequality.
The methodological strategy involves the compilation and analysis of expert interviews, biographical interviews as well as a standardised survey.

Contact persons: Roland Verwiebe, Christoph Reinprecht, Raimund Haindorfer, Laura Wiesböck

Marie Jahoda Summer School of Sociology:
Public Spaces and Inequalities in Transition – Rethinking the Urban Fabric
Duration: 2014
Funding: WWTF – Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht (Project Leader), Ayse Caglar, Roland Verwiebe, Cornelia Dlabaja, Anna Wanka

Living in Residential Towers: Quality of Living in Vienna’s High-Rise Towers
Duration: 2013-2014
Funding: Stadt Wien - Wohnbauforschung (MA 50)

In times of rapid population growth, large cities such as Vienna face the challenge of creating high-quality affordable housing in condensed urban areas. Social and environmental sustainability is of equal importance as is the question of positioning amid city competition by means of location factors and housing projects conveying quality of life. Against this background, the research project shall identify findings and issues arising out the context of how and if vertical compaction by way of an increase in high-rise residential homes can take place in a city such as Vienna and which living cultural requirements and needs this corresponds to. Designed as an explorative study and reconnecting with international research, this project provides the first empirical insights regarding central socio-structural and socio-cultural components of living in residential towers in Vienna.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht (Project Leader), Cornelia Dlabaja, Herbert Blabensteiner, and students of the research lab ‘Vienna Sociology’

Ageing in the context of migration. Challenges of social and cultural diversity of older population for Austria's towns and municipalities
Duration: 2013-2014
Funding: Österreichischer Städtebund

In Austria, there are currently around 190.000 people of foreign descent older than 65 years, around a third of which is the first-generation labour migration from Turkey and Yugoslavia of which approximately half are Austrian nationals. For the first time in Austria, this study provides social science expertise as to action requirements of towns and municipalities regarding living conditions of older people of foreign descent in terms of care and support (both in and outside the home). On the basis of a detailed analysis of socio-demographic structure and the changes taking place in Austrian towns and municipalities, as well as on an online survey carried out in local authorities, a total of twenty towns and municipalities are analysed in detail in terms of the issue in question.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht (Project Leader), Zoltan Peter, Eva Rossbacher, Tatjana Zarković

Grassroots Integration through Volunteering Placement (GIVE)
Duration: 2013-2014
Funding: International Organization for Migration

The aim of GIVE is to include third-country migrants in the structures of volunteerism for the purpose of which a special toolkit has been developed titled ‘Path to Integration. Volunteering by Migrants in Society’ (please see http://www.iomvienna.at/images/IOM_TOOLKIT_AUSTRIA.pdf). Research assignment includes monitoring the implementation.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Tatjana Zarković

Assets Study
Duration: 2013-2014
Funding: Arbeiterkammer Wien

In a detailed sociological analysis by the European Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS) an assets typology is to be developed. The typology will draw conclusions on fragile and precarious forms of property and provide information on the relationship between property and class structure.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Hilde Weiss, Julia Hofmann, Gerhard Paulinger

Please see: http://wien.arbeiterkammer.at/service/studien/MaterialienzuWirtschaftundGesellschaft/Materialien_WuG_139.html

Sociology behind Waste Sorting
Duration: 2010-2011
Funding: Stadt Wien (MA 48)

The focus of the research project is on the significance and effects of socio-structural conditions and alterations of the waste disposal behaviour in urban residential areas, paying particular reference to the demographic change such as the process of ageing and migration as well as milieu differentiation.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Eva Rossbacher

Vulnerability in Context
Duration: 2009-2011
Funding: The project is part of a group of projects coordinated by the University of Paris 8 titled Vulnérabilités en context: expérimentations dans le champ des actions sanitaires et sociales et reconfiguration des politiques de prévention et de protection and funded by the French research agency. In Vienna, the project is carried out in partnership with the Vienna Social Fund and the Association Social Global.

By way of participant observation, interviews and participatory methodologies (workshops) the project will investigate how specific social work situations that are characterised by vulnerability are dealt with.

Contact persons: Christoph Reinprecht, Julia Dahlvik

Vienna Sociology
Duration: 2007-2010 (Forschungslabor)
Funding: Own project partially financed within the framework of the project titled ‘Social Dynamics in Urban Space’

Analysis of socio-structural change in Vienna 1970 onwards and with it associated processes of social dynamics in neighbourhoods.

Co-workers: Georg Datler, Carmen Keckeis

Social Dynamics in Urban Space [pdf - German]
Duration: 2008
Funding: Stadt Wien (MA 18) Outcome report (pdf - German)

Socio-scientific analysis on segregation tendencies carried out on a local small-scale level in eight chosen Vienna residential areas.

Co-workers: Georg Datler, Carmen Keckeis, Angelina Kurtev

Education Needs of Elderly Migrants
Duration: 2008-2009
Funding: Multicultural Association commissioned by the European Commission

Accompanying research of the GRUNDTVIG project ENTER. Questionnaire-based interviews with members of migrant and ethnic minority groups in Austria, Germany, France, Slovakia and Rumania.

Co-worker: Gülay Ates

European Network on Social Housing in Europe
Network coordinator: Réseau socio-economique de l'habitat (Paris)

International researchers’ network addressing the question of the development and future of social housing in European cities. Network activities consist of regular workshops, conferences and releasing publications.

UP2YOUTH Youth & Actor of Social Change
Duration: 2006-2009
Funding: IRIS Tübingen on behalf of the European Commission (http://www.up2youth.org/)

Member of the advisory board. UP2YOUTH is funded by the European Union under The Sixth Framework Programme of the research project titled ‘Agency’ focusing on three specific topics of young parents, minority youth and youth participation.

INVOLVE - Involvement of Third Country Nationals in Volunteering and Civic Activities as a Means of Better Integration
Duration: 2006
Funding: European Commission, Justice and Home Affairs

A European cooperation project (2005-2006) promoting the integration of third-country nationals and funded by the European Commission’s INTI-Programme of the Directorate-General for Freedom, Security and Justice. The European Volunteer Centre in Brussels coordinates the project between partner countries of Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Great Britain, Hungary and Austria. The subject matter of INVOLVE is the contribution of volunteerism and voluntary work to the social integration of migrants. The idea is that this type of work contributes towards the promotion of social integration (for instance, by acquiring know-how from the community and accessing relevant institutions; by maintaining and developing existing qualifications at risk of devaluation due to migration; by gaining social recognition; by self-empowerment through founding an association or a club). This contribution can be made through the form of self-organisation (such as migrant associations) or through involvement in charity organisations. Within the context of the project, an inventory was carried out of the type of migrant volunteer work in the partner countries as well as an identification of existing barriers and potentials. In addition to this, in Austria an exploratory study by way of guided interviews was performed. For more details on the project, please visit INVOLVE.

Project management: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Patrizia Gapp

Life in Public Housing
Duration: 2006
Funding: Own project

The project offers the results of the residents’ survey carried out in three public housing units in Floridsdorf, a Vienna district. This was an in-house project carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Vienna and the district of Floridsdorf as part of the framework of the research laboratory of Applied Urban Research in Vienna.

Life in Public Housing – Survey results (pdf - German)
Life in Public Housing – Presentation (pdf - German)

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-workers: Lisa Donat, Georg Datler

Living Conditions and Quality of Life of the First and Second-Generation Migrants in Vienna
Duration: 2006
Funding: City of Vienna

Special evaluation of data records on life and quality of life in Vienna (part II). 

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Anne Unterwurzacher

Duration: 2006-2007
Funding: Storchengrund Regional Support / Vienna Social Services through the Vienna Social Fund

Evaluation of a pilot project concerned with cross-generational cooperation in public places. Evaluation report (pdf - German)

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Patrizia Gapp

Remaining Active in Older Age
Duration: 2005
Funding: City of Vienna

A public report offering results and perspectives as well as suggestions on health improvement for older city residents, together with the outcome of accompanying WHO research project titled ‘Investing in Health of Older People’.

Remaining Active in Older Age – Research report (pdf-German)
Remaining Active in Older Age – WHO document (pdf-German)

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-workers: Lisa Donat, Karin Kienzl-Plochberger

Migrants in Health and Social Care
Duration: 2005
Funding: European Social Fond / Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour

The project looks into the situation of older migrants in Vienna.

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Karin Kienzl-Plochberger

Migrants in Adult Education Institutions in Vienna
Duration: 2005
Funding: EQUAL (Development Partnership ‘Qualification Strengthens’)

Report (pdf - German)

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Axel Pohn-Weidinger

Mosaic of Social and Cultural Worlds
Duration: 2005
Funding: Own project within the framework of the research laboratory of Applied Urban Research

Studies on the diversity of the older population of Vienna. Mosaic of Social and Cultural Worlds (pdf - German)

Project Leader: Christoph Reinprecht
Co-worker: Lisa Donat

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