I’m an urban geographer and housing researcher at the Faculty of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology. My work broadly focuses on the transformation of housing systems, urban geographies, and urban governance under late capitalism. While my research has included different institutional contexts (e.g. US, UK, NL), I’ve a particular focus on Austria and Vienna. My current work examines platform-based short-term rentals and their social and spatial consequences, local policy responses to the increasingly global urban housing crisis, as well as dynamics of socio-spatial inequality in cities after the Global Financial Crisis. I’ve previously worked at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar, Germany. I’m Associate Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, member of the editorial collective of suburban. Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung, Editor of the journal The Public Sector, as well as regular contributor to the blog urbanizm.net. I’m also co-coordinator of the working group Homeownership and Globalization in the European Network for Housing Research.
Most recent publication
Kadi, J, Schneider, A & R Seidl (2020). Short-term Rentals, Housing Markets and COVID-19: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Evidence from Four Austrian Cities. Critical Housing Analysis 7(2), 47-57.
Prior to the onset of the pandemic, evidence on the conversion of regular rental housing into permanent holiday homes has fuelled concerns that Airbnb and other short-term rentals contribute to the shortage of affordable homes and to the displacement of regular residents in cities with high housing demand. When the pandemic set in, the media was quick to speculate that holiday homes would be returned to the regular rental market. This paper provides some theoretical reflections on the factors that are driving and impeding such a development and presents preliminary results from an ongoing research project that empirically traces the impacts of COVID-19 on the rental housing market based on an analysis of real estate listings in four large Austrian cities. We argue that a current shift to the regular rental market is likely, but that the medium-and long-term development is uncertain. Empirically, we demonstrate that such a shift has occurred in all four cities considered. We do not find evidence, however, that the increased rental housing supply has dampened rent levels. View paper