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 have 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 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 affordability, decommodification 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