How Austria’s housing reform proposals were written by the real estate industry.

The new coalition government in Austria has presented their reform plans for the coming years as part of the coalition agreement. In the field of housing, the plans show striking similarities with the current demands of the real estate industry. I have compared the governmental reform plans with the most recent press materials of the … Continue reading How Austria’s housing reform proposals were written by the real estate industry.

Book discussion: Tourism and gentrification.

On December 1st, I'll be on a panel discussion about the upcoming book "Tourism and Gentrification in Contemporary Metropolises. International Perspectives". The book was edited by Maria Gravari-Barbas (University Paris 1) & Sandra Guinand (University of Vienna). I'm looking forward to discussing the book together with the editors and Bas van Heur (Vrije Universiteit Brussels). … Continue reading Book discussion: Tourism and gentrification.

New publication: Analyzing Airbnb in Vienna.

I've been involved in a research project on Airbnb in Vienna in the last months. Together with my colleagues Roman Seidl and Leonhard Plank (both TU Wien), we have analyzed the listings of the online platform in the city. The particular focus has been on the number and types of listings, the geographical distribution, as well as revenues generated by the hosts. An important part was also to estimate the impact of Airbnb on the local housing market.