Current Projects

Scientific Investigation of Short Term Rentals (Airbnb) in the city of Salzburg

The research project combines quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research with an information technology approach to analyze the spatial, economic and social dimensions of short-term lettings (Airbnb). (Sponsor: Österreichische Städtebund).

Duration: 6/2018-1/2019.

Principle investigators: Angela, Hof, Karolin Kautzschmann, Christian Smigiel (all from Uni Salzburg, Geography).

Additional information: Ass.-Prof. Dr. Christian Smigiel.

Ambiguous suburban spaces: Comparative analysis of local trajectories and changing

everyday practices.

Abstract: The aim of the study is to determine, scrutinize and compare the peculiarities of suburban transformation in Western and Central-Eastern Europe. The project will use a mixed methods approach in order to study changes and persistency in selected suburban case study areas of two Austrian and two Ukrainian cities. The project analyses the role of driving forces and key actors of suburban transformations (such as urban governance, urban planning, public policies, real estate industry) in order to understand local/regional trajectories. Furthermore, the project will study practices of everyday life by focusing on residents and civil society groups. Field of the project: modern aspects in the humanities (human geography, urban planning, urban development, migration).

Principle investigators: Christian Smigiel (University of Salzburg); Kostyantyn Mezentsvev (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine).

Funding agency: OEAD (2019-2020)

Evaluation Rosa Zukunft

The socio-physical structures and processes of the area project "Rosa Zukunft" will be evaluated within two steps in the timeframe of 10/2016 - 06/2019. The aim is to evaluate and analyse the satisfaction of inhabitants of the city quarter and of inhabitants of the adjacent district. Different workshops - in which residents get actively involved - as well as interviews are part of the project's methodology.

Project period: 10/2016 - 06/2019


PLUS Geronto Network

Scientists from various disciplines are giving are lecture series on "Aging and Being Old". The common aim is to gather the processes of aging interdisciplinary. For further information please click here.















Keep the ball rolling - The First Austrian Social Festivel to Strengthen Societal Togetherness

The idea of "Keep the ball rolling" is quite simple: it supports engaged individuals and local institutions to effectuate their ideas and imaginations of a better local life. The social festival not only offers an organizational frame, but also provides project applicants with money which is spent by a couple of private Austrian foundations who operate under the name of s!nnstifter (among others ERSTE Stiftung, Essl Foundation and Katharina Turnauer Privatstiftung). Each festival cycle takes 18 months in an Austrian region which has to apply for it. The Lungau region (province of Salzburg) had been selected as scene of the social festival in 2011; the Styrian Iron Street (Styria) is this year’s venue. Project proposals cover a wide range of social-regional topics, dealing with “Good economic and labor activity”, “Good togetherness”, and “Good poverty alleviation”. Together with the International Research Center for Ethical and Social Issues (ifz) and the Center for Ethics and Poverty Research(ZEA) as lead partners of "Keep the ball rolling", the Social Geography Research Group is involved in the scientific preparation and analysis of empirical results which are conducted in parallel to the social festival.

Project period: 10/2010 – 12/2017.


DK GIScience

The Doctoral College GIScience is an ‘education through research’ program with supervision, monitoring and assessment procedures, funded by the FWF. It focuses on qualification requirements, responsibilities and duties of supervisors as well as doctoral candidates’ progress assessment. The research program is subdivided into three clusters: (1) Representations and Data Models, (2) Time and Process Models, (3) Spatialization, Media and Society. The Social Geography Research Groupis engaged in the supervision of four PhD candidates (two first and two second supervisions).

Project period: 10/2011 – 09/2015 (first evaluation).


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