Project Wissensstadt Salzburg

The working group socialgeography is actively involved in the project of Wissensstadt Salzburg. In cooperation with the street magazine Apropos and the Centre for Ethnik and Poverty Research (ZEA) we are preparing a lecture on social integration of street newspaper vendors. We base our talk on research results of students of geography of the University of Salzburg.

The lecture will take place on Friday 5th of May, 13:00, at Mirabell Palace. After a lecture there will be the possibility to take  a workshop by Apropos. Interested persons can take on the role of a stree newspaper vendor.

Book presentation "Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation" by Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser

The ZEA (Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research) invites to a public lecture within the framework of the book presentation of the volume "Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation". Prof. Dr. Christian Neuhäuser (TU Dortmund) talks about persisting poverty and the limits of the welfare state. If you click here you will be forwarded to the event's poster.

05.04.2017, 15:00-17:00
Zentrum für Ethik und Armutsforschung (Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research)
Edith-Stein-Haus, Mönchsberg 2a
5020 Salzburg

Please send your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Science Award of the Arbeiterkammer Salzburg

We congratulate the winners of the Science Award of Arbeiterkammer Salzburg. We proudly present two Geography students of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg who won an award.

Alisa Kaps, MA Geography:
Refugees welcome - und dann? Perspektiven der Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten am Beispiel der Salzburger Tourismusbranche (Adviser: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Zeller)

Mag. Martin Gstöttinger, Teacher of German and Geograpy:
Lebensmittelverschwendung - Mülltauchen und weitere gegensteuernde Aktivitäten und Initiativen in der Stadt Salzburg (Adviser: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch)
For more information, please click here and here.

Materiality, Symbolism and daily routine of the Sofian Gated Communities

(Raumproduktionen: Theorien und gesellschaftliche Praxis, Volume 24)

At the end of the 1990s little-known, Gated Communities meanwhile have become part of the visual appearance of cities in Eastern Europe. How did this development come about? Which political, economic and social parameters contributed to this kind of building boom? Which social power relations are responsible for the observed development? And who are the inhabitants? Why do people decide to live in Gated Communitis and what is their daily life about? Christian Smigiel analyses these questions using the example of the Bulgarian capital Sofia by availing different approaches of critical urbanism. Hereto he examines Bulgarian transformation processes as well as the arrival and the impact of neoliberal urban policy. Furthermore he analyses the backgrounds of the financialisation of living space by taking the example of Gated Communities and exposes strategic arrangements between (inter-)national real estate industry and public purse. Besides Christian Smigiel sketches conflicts, lifestyle and social conception of the inhabitants of Bulgarian Gated Communities. 

Smigiel, C. (2016): Raumproduktion im südöstlichen Europa. Materialität, Symbolik und Alltag Sofioter Gated Communities. Münster, Westfälisches Dampfboot

Energy and social Injustice

The anthology presents the current status of energy poverty, energy policy and social injustice and analyses basic coherences and determinants between Germany and Europe. Since years, and not only in the course of energy transition, energy prices of private households in Germany have rised. This development concernes different social groups in different ways, what on the other hand is varyingly strong absorbed by the welfare state. But it is thanks to the persistent debate on rising electricity prices in the course of energy transition in Germany that  topics such as energy poverty and cost burden arouse the public's interest. At the same time it becomes clear that until recently scientific study of interdependencies between energy systems and social injustice in Germany had been a underexposed research area with just a little pioneering work. The aim of the anthology is to present the scientific work of the last years and their findings.

Großmann K., Schaffrin A. & Smigiel C. (Eds.) (2016): Energie und soziale Ungleichheit. Zur gesellschaftlichen Dimension der Energiewende in Deutschland und Europa. Wiesbaden, Springer.




GeoComPass SALZBURG – Geographische Gesellschaft Salzburg

The geographical society GeoComPass SALZBURG was founded on October 16 2015. It is an event platform for spreading and supporting geographical knowledge and a society for everyone who is interested in Geography and its neighbouring disciplines.

GeoComPass SALZBURG has a program-cooperation with the Geographische Gesellschaft Passau e.V. – GeoComPass. GeoComPass SALZBURG offers at least ten events a year which alternating take place at the OVAL – Die Bühne im EUROPARK and the Blue lecturer hall at the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Lectures of well-known characters and excursions under expert guidance of the GeoComPass UNTERWEGS are on the agenda.

For further information visit the website of GeoComPass SALZBURG.

Petra Zerbes (alumna of the University of Salzburg) won science award of the chamber of labour of Salzburg

The chamber of labour of Salzburg awarded a science and promotion prize. A top-class jury with representatives of many universities of the federal state selected the best scientific paper. 19 prizes were awarded in four categories. Before an attendance of 100 guests, the prizes were awarded in the AK-hall on the 23 November 2015.

One of the winners of the science prize is Petra Zerbes. Her diploma thesis is called “Social vs. ethnic segregation on the example of Salzburg – Two city districts under comparison”. The diploma thesis scrutinizes the phenomenon of the social and ethnic segregation and their spatial impact on the city of Salzburg. Especially the city districts Lehen and Parsch are examined, as there is an unequal distribution of their residential population. The analysis is based on various socio-economic and ethnic characteristics. The overall aim is to generate a consistent description of the selected city districts regarding to their segregation phenomena or socio-spatial conditions. This is done by a comparison between expert interviews, statistical data and specialist literature.

Congratulations to Petra Zerbes to the science award of the chamber of labour!

AAG 2016


AAG - The Annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers

Where: San Francisco, US

When: March 29 - April 2, 2016

Further information

AndersOrte. Freiräume für Zukunft

Logo_andersorteAm 30. September und 01. Oktober 2015 wird unter dem Titel „AndersOrte. Freiräume für Zukunft“ in Salzburg ein Prozess eröffnet, der Gesprächen zwischen Politik, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft Raum gibt, Freiräume für Visionen eröffnet und ein gemeinsames Nachdenken über gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen ermöglicht.

Die Themen der Tage sind:

-      Kooperation

-      Warum es Veränderung braucht?

-      Veränderungen gestalten

Referent/innen sind u.a.:

-      Univ. Prof. Dr. Joachim Bauer, Hirnforscher, Arzt und Buchautor, Uniklinikum Freiburg i. Br.

-      Christine Ax, Ökonomin und Philosophin, Mitarbeiterin bei SERI Wien, Hamburg

-      Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien

Eingeladen sind alle, die sich privat und/oder beruflich mit den Herausforderungen/ der Gestaltung einer zukunftsfähigen Gesellschaft beschäftigen (wollen).

Das Programm finden Sie unter

Der Eintritt ist frei. Eine Anmeldung in St. Virgil ist erforderlich. Das Programm zur Veranstaltung ist hier als Download erhältlich.

Die AndersOrte sind eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung des Bildungsnetzwerks sabine (Salzburger Bildungsnetzwerk für nachhaltige Entwicklung), des Landes Salzburg, der Arbeiterkammer Salzburg, der Wirtschaftskammer Salzburg und der Universität Salzburg.

Wir freuen uns, wenn Sie unserer Einladung folgen und sich Zeit für einen gemeinsamen Nachdenkprozess nehmen!

Generationengerecht Leben in Stadt und Land. Fachpolitische Tagung.

13. Oktober 2015, Auditorium Friedrichstraße, Berlin

Social Simulation 2015

International Land Use Symposium (ILUS) 2015 - Trends in Spatial Analysis and Modelling of Settlements and Infrastructure

November 11 – 13, 2015 in Dresden

In mid-November, there will be an international symposium about “international land use” in Dresden, where leading academics and interested attendees will present and discuss about this topic.

Under the rubric “Call for Abstracts”, students can submit papers of one of the topics. The deadline ends at July 15, 2015. For further information read up on the website.

Rethinking Social Capital - Conference

Within the framework of the „Tu was, dann tut sich was“ project, a conference about rethinking social capital is hold. 

Conference Programme

March 26 and 27
Mönchsberg 2a, 5020 Salzburg
Costs: 75 euros for external (not ZEA and ifz), 50 euros for students – reduction on request.

Please register till March 20 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 0664/8525451

Exploring Social and Spatial Opportunities to Move Within a City. A Resident’s Perspective on Urban Mobility.

The unequally distributed opportunities for being mobile lead to consequences on mobility patterns of individuals and distinct social groups within urban environments. In- and exclusion processes occur that have wide influence on social and spatial inequalities and by this considerable effect the quality of life of urban residents. Placement and movement of objects, humans and locations are constantly in transition; also relations between them are altering (Urry 2006). Meanwhile the structures of inequality in space are institutionalized by repetitive behaviour of urban citizens (Löw 2001) and varying extension of action spaces and different levels of local knowledge among residents strengthen inequalities in distribution, utilization and acquisition of urban space.

DONAT, Elisabeth & KOCH, Madeleine (2015): Exploring Social and Spatial Opportunities to Move Within a City. A Resident’s Perspective on Urban Mobility. University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology, Geographies of Uneven Development – Working Paper, 02/2015, No. 6


Inequality with Ordinal Data. Cross-Disciplinary Review of Methodologies and Application to Life Satisfaction in Europe

Ordinal data are ubiquitously available and frequently employed in empirical research. A review of methodological approaches from various scientific fields shows that in different fields of the social sciences rather distinct methods for measuring inequality are applied without appreciating works in other disciplines. Synthesizing these works leads to the proposal of a research design, which combines dominance criteria and inequality measures from different families. This design is applied to the most recent data on life satisfaction in Europe, a field of research continuing to gain political importance but typically building on questionable methodologies. Hence, empirical results presented are valuable in several respects. One important finding is that specific measures are not consistent as re-rankings frequently occur. It seems this is not primarily due to the underlying data being ordinal, but more because dominance can hardly be found. Indeed, the underlying 0-10 Likert-scale appears to cause a dilemma as the Allison-Foster principle of dominance turns out to be restrictive when applied to relatively dense scales.

SCHODER, Jörg (2014) Inequality with Ordinal Data. Cross-Disciplinary Review of Methodologies and Application to Life Satisfaction in Europe. University of Salzburg, Department of Geography and Geology, Geographies of Uneven Development – Working Paper, 12/2014, No. 5

Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology

Agent-based simulation goes beyond social sciences. The book “Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology” concerns with the “re-enactment” and “visualisation” of possible scenarios of the field of Archaeology for a wider audience. 
Andreas Koch participated in this book too with the chapter „Geosimulation: Modeling Spatial Processes“ (p. 99 – 118).

Koch A. Geosimulation: Modeling Spatial Processes. In: Wurzer G., Kowarik K. and H. Reschreiter (eds.): Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archeology. Advances in Geographic Information Science, Springer, 2014, p. 99-118.

Alpine Space 2014+

The Alpine Space Programme invites to save the date for its transnational conference: Alpine Space 2014+ showcasing the achievements of the 2007-2013 Programme and projects, and launching the 2014-2020 period.


When: on 21-22 October 2014

Where: in Salzburg, Austria

More information on:

Contact      Impressum