Research exchange: Airbnb in European cities.

Last week, I was invited to Berlin to meet with a research team from TU Darmstadt and TU Berlin that works on the impact of urban tourism on housing quality in four neighborhoods in Berlin. The team consists of Prof. Sybille Frank, Prof. Kristin Wellner, Dipl-Soz. Anna Raschke, Dipl. Volkswirt Claus Müller and Stefan Brandt, MA. The project is funded by the DFG (German Science Foundation). I was happy to share some insights into our ongoing research on Airbnb in Vienna, particularly regarding our website project More info on the Berlin project can be found on this website:


New Publication in PROKLA.

I’ve published a new paper together with Lisa Vollmer from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in the current issue of PROKLA – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft. The paper is entitled “Wohnungspolitik in der Krise des Neoliberalismus in Berlin und Wien. Postneoliberaler Paradigmenwechsel oder punktuelle staatliche Beruhigungspolitik?”. It evaluates post-crisis housing policies in Berlin and Vienna in light of current debates on post-neoliberal housing policies. I’m posting the short abstract below:

Against the backdrop of rising housing problems and protests, the comparative paper asks to what extent a paradigmatic shif in housing policies towards greater decommodifcation of housing has been initiated in Berlin and Vienna. Recent housing policies in both cities are discussed and evaluated with reference to the emerging debate about post-neoliberalism in housing.

The paper is part of a special issue “Zur (neuen) Wohnungsfrage” put together by Inga Jensen, Sebastian Schipper, Dorothea Schmidt and Sandra Sieron. You can download it here:

The whole special issue is available here: