Scientific talks by Geographers of the Univerisity Salzburg at German Congress on Geography

At the German Congress on Geography, from 30.9.2017 to 5.10.2017 in Tübingen/Germany, Geographers of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg will give scientifc lectures.

Austrian Housing Policy in the Context of "Responsibilisierung"
30.09.2017, 15:30-17:00
Room NA-010
Karolin Kautschmann, Christian Smigiel, Andreas Van-Hametner
The city of Salzburg gives an example how alterations concernig the institutional and political framework of Austrain housing policy during the last  years abet "Responsibilisierung".

A Boom in Planning? About Ambiguity and Multiscalarity of Smart Cities
01.10.2017, 10;15-11:45
Room NA-008
Christian Smigiel
Meanwhile Smart Cities serve as guiding principles for many European cities. The lecture examines this development critically and discusses empirically the strategic-planning value of smart cities in Austria and Italy.

Call for Papers: Reshaping European cities?

Exploring policies, practices and everyday realities concerning ‛Airbnbification’

Workshop, November 24-25, 2017: University of Salzburg, Austria

Organizers: Angela Hof and Christian Smigiel, Department of Geography and Geology

Digital platforms for urban tourism have not only given much more visibility to urban tourism itself but are also fueling its impact on urban policies, neighbourhoods and everyday lives. Housing rentals, for example through Airbnb, change the relationship between tourists and locals, guests and hosts and add a new dimension to the commodification of residential housing, leading to unanticipated and rapid transformations of entire neighborhoods. It is timely to recognize that urban tourism is useful as a lens to explore broader processes of urban change. In the recent debate, symptoms like increasing housing prices, an increasing focus on the exchange value for an increasing percentage of housing stock driven by digital platforms for short-term rentals are receiving much attention. However, we are convinced that it is time to move beyond the phenomenon of housing rentals and the buzzword sharing economy and to address the combination of urban politics, urban tourism and everyday (urban) realities that are reshaping and reshaped by this specific aspect of urban tourism. The digital platform is the interface between agents that barter for residential accommodation that has previously not been traded as a tourist commodity. These aspects have received relatively little systematic attention and analysis. We are missing comparative perspectives (e.g. cross-city comparison), in-depth studies on Airbnb and gentrification, displacement, and agency across social groups that engage and are affected by increasing Airbnb rental activities.


  • Cities, urban politics and housing rentals / Airbnb
  • Gentrification, neighbourhood change and housing rentals / Airbnb
  • Everyday urban realities – between commodification, micro-entrepreneurship and resistance


Please send a short abstract of no more than 200 words and an abstract of 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than June 30th, 2017. We envisage a workshop fee of €20.


Keynote speakers:

  • Johannes Novy (Cardiff University/Spatial Planning)
  • Felix Holzmannhofer (City of Salzburg/Department for building regulation)
  • Jonas Parnow (Information designer and data visualist, Berlin)

To see the workshop's timetable, please click here. Please notice as well the call for papers.

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.

2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research Foucs Theme: Religion and Poverty

University of Salzburg, 21 & 22 September 2017
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2017
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg happily announces the call for papers for its 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. The focus theme of the conference will be religion and poverty.
The Keynote Speakers in 2017 will be Paul Cloke, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy and Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Emma Tomalin, Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds, where she is director of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.
The Organizing Committee invites submissions of proposals for single papers and thematic panels in all areas of poverty research but special attention will be given to those concerned with the 2017 focus theme of religion and poverty.




German Congress on Geography

This year’s German Congress on Geography takes in place from 30.9.2017 to 5.10.2017 in Tübingen. Also this year scientist from the Department of Geography and Geology of the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg participate in expert meetings. Prof Dr. Andreas Koch, head of the working group Socialgeography, and PD Dr. Tilman Schenk will head an expert meeting on modeling and simulation of geographical phenomena. You can find the complete program of expert meetings to the guiding line of “Methods and Concepts of Geography” here.
The German Society for Geography and the local committee of Tübingen ask all geographers to shape the congress’s framework program. You can find the official Call for Papers here.

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

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