New interview with Austrian Tenant Association.

I’ve given a longer interview for the magazine of the Austrian Tenant Association “Fair Wohnen”. We talked about the current problems on Vienna’s housing market, gentrification dynamics in the city, displacement, investment patterns, as well as the plans of the new Austrian coalition government and what they may mean for tenants in the city. The magazine is available for download here (interview with me from page 22 on):


New publication: The business with the holiday homes. Airbnb in Wien.

I’ve contributed a short text on Airbnb in Vienna to the current issue of the journal Mieterecho, journal of the tenant association Berlin. The text is co-authored with my colleagues Leonhard Plank and Roman Seidl. It briefly sketches our research project on Airbnb in Vienna, specifically focusing on the business model for real estate investors behind the home-sharing platform. The text is available here:



New publication: Tourism in the digital city. The business behind Airbnb.

I’ve contributed to a short text entitled “Tourism in the digital city: The business behind Airbnb”. It is about how Airbnb is increasingly becoming a lucrative investment and a new means for investors to extract profit from tourism. The text was co-authored with Roman Seidl and Leonhard Plank and draws on our recent research on Airbnb activities in Vienna. It appeared in the German journal “Forum Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung”, published by the Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, in an issue on “Tourism and urban development”. Our text can be downloaded here (in German):

The whole issue is available here:



New radio interview: Evictions in Vienna.

Every day seven households are evicted in Vienna. Public debates about this issue are, however, scarce. Georg Pöchhacker has produced a fascinating radio feature about the reasons, practice and consequences of evictions in Vienna. I was very happy I could contribute a bit through an interview based on research I did together with Mara Verlic (We digged out the numbers about evictions, see here

The radio show is available for streaming. I’m posting the link together with a short intro text below. Continue reading

Our symposium on affordable housing at TU Wien.

Last week our institute organized a symposium on the challenge of providing affordable housing in cities at the TU Wien, together with Urban Forum and Österreichische Städtebund. The event was a big success, with more than 150 people attending. The newspaper Wiener Zeitung published an article about the event here:

The program can be found here:

Talk: Vienna’s new housing question.

I was honored to contribute a talk to a seminar on the ‘right to the city’ at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Science last Friday. I gave a short presentation on the growing housing problems in Vienna, situating them in a discussion about the specific institutional context of Vienna’s housing market. We had an inspiring round of debate afterwards with insightful questions and issues raised. The seminar was organized by Margarete Haderer, Department of Political Science. Here is a link to the program:

Airbnb in Vienna: The business behind the holiday homes.

Together with my colleagues Roman Seidl and Leonhard Plank I have wrote a short piece on Airbnb in Vienna. It appeared in the montly journal “Wirtschaftspolitik Standpunkte” of the Austrian Chamber of Labor. We show how Airbnb in Vienna is not so much about “home-sharing”, as it is about commercial real estate development. The piece is in German.

Airbnb in Wien: Das Geschäft mit den Ferienwohnungen

Gemeinsam mit dem Städtetourismus wächst auch Airbnb in den letzten Jahren rasant. Anders als bei Hotelzimmern bieten auf Airbnb vornehmlich Private ihre eigenen vier Wände zur kurzfristigen Vermietung an. Eine neue Studie der TU Wien zeigt nun, dass Airbnb in Wien zunehmend für die kommerzielle Immobilienverwertung genutzt wird. Wohnungen werden erworben und dauerhaft als Ferienunterkünfte vermietet. Das hat Implikationen für den Wohnungsmarkt.

Hier weiterlesen: Kadi Seidl Plank Das Geschäft mit den Ferienwohnungen


Airbnb in European cities.

I spent the last two days at an inspiring workshop on Airbnb in European cities. It was organized by Christian Smigiel and Angela Hof at the University of Salzburg, Geography Department. I went there together with my colleagues Roman Seidl and Leonhard Plank (TU Wien) to present our research on Airbnb in Vienna (

The program included a diverse and inspiring set of speakers, who explored Airbnb in different European urban contexts from diverse conceptual and methodological vantage points. Cities included were, among others, Salzburg, Thessaloniki, Reykjavik, Palma de Mallorca, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Copenhagen. While focusing on short-term rentals primarily, we discussed broader issues related to the rise of urban tourism, how it fits into current urban change and restructuring, and what conceptual tools we need to make sense of it. I leave with my many questions and ideas for further work. Thanks to the organizers!