I’m assistant professor at the Institute of Spatial Planning at TU Wien, Austria. Trained in urban studies, housing studies and urban planning, my research broadly focuses on housing policy, the political economy of housing and socio-spatial inequalities. My work has been published in renowned urban studies, human geography and political economy journals. 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 in Chief of the journal The Public Sector, as well as Head of Housing Research at the Department of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at TU Wien. I’m also joint coordinator of the working group Homeownership and Globalization in the European Network for Housing Research.


Most recent publication
Kadi, J., Vollmer, L., & Stein, S. (2021). Post-neoliberal housing policy? Disentangling recent reforms in New York, Berlin and Vienna. European Urban and Regional Studies.
In cities worldwide, the housing question has returned. As demands and proposals by housing movements have grown bolder, city governments are implementing new policies, ranging from small tweaks to major overhauls. This paper takes a close look at New York City, Berlin and Vienna, assessing their current housing policy landscapes. We evaluate to what extent those cities’ recent housing reforms depart from the dominant, neoliberal policy landscape of recent decades and can be categorized as ‘post-neoliberal’. We do so through the criteria of affordabilitydecommodification and democratization. The three selected cities display varying histories of housing systems and neoliberalization, enabling us to search for post-neoliberal policies in three distinct institutional contexts. We find a common pattern across cases: recent reforms have improved affordability and dampened hyper-commodification, but little has been done to address the democratization of housing and planning systems. By way of conclusion, we discuss some of the structural factors that impede attempts at developing a genuinely post-neoliberal transformation of local housing policies. View paper