Vienna/Belgrade/Athens, Austria

Urban Housing in Central and Southeastern Europe

when 5 September 2022 - 15 September 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC

This Summer School focuses on recent developments in urban housing markets: how do financialisation, economic crisis and austerity policies impinge upon housing provision? How do these forces translate into patterns of sub-/re-urbanisation, segregation and gentrification? Against the backdrop of these general questions, the Summer School enquires into the conditions that frame housing markets, showing a strong variation amongst European cities.

Vienna, Belgrade and Athens: The Summer School focuses on the housing markets in three European metropolises, which are characterised by different historic pathways and market structures, and which are embedded in different regulative frames and policies. Vienna is dominated by a rental market with strong regulations and by a large social housing submarket. In contrast, Belgrade displays a radical transformation towards a ownership market with weak regulations. Finally, the Greek capital Athens was highly affected during the Euro-crisis, with implications for the housing market.

The participants of this Summer School will gain deep insights into the specific urban housing markets of the three cities – its structures, actors and societal frames. In this programme, students will explore housing issues in the three metropolises and link them to general debates in urban studies. The Summer School wants to address the following perspectives on housing markets:

(1) Structures: Historic structures and recent dynamics of urban housing and office markets

(2) Actors: Interplay of public and private actors, international investors and investment strategies, production networks

(3) Society & Policies: Social implications, regulative frames, urban protests

(4) Transformation of urban spaces: urban large scale projects, gentrification and segregation

Course leader

Organisation: Austrian Academy of Sciences
Contact: urbanhousing(at)

Team Vienna: Robert Musil, Walter Matznetter, Judith Schnelzer
Team Belgrade: Ivan Ratkaj, Emilija Manic, Aljosa Budovic
Team Athens: Thomas Maloutas, George Kandylis

Target group

The Summer School is open to Masters and PhD-students from disciplines such as geography, history, architecture, anthropology and other disciplines focussing on different aspects of housing and real estate dynamics in an urban context. We invite students who are interested in the mutual links between physical and social structures, in particular the transformations on the housing market and its economic and social dynamics.

To allow a better creditability for students, this summer school is accredited by the University of Vienna as a "univie-summerschool"

Course aim

How do general urban trends in housing vary – including increasing price cycles, more international investors and developers, and more large-scale projects – and what are their implications for the three metropolises? Can recent and historic dynamics on urban housing markets in all three cities be explained adequately? To answer these questions, the Summer School focuses on two aims: first, it wants to gain insights into recent developments and the historic genesis of urban housing and office markets in the three cities. Second, beyond empirical issues, it discusses the challenges of a comparative urban housing research and reflects the transferability of urban theories.

Credits info

4 EC
To allow a better creditability for students, this summer school is accredited by the University of Vienna as a "univie-summerschool"

Fee info

EUR 0: Costs of the summer school are 580 Euro, including:

(1) Accommodation from 29th August to 9th September 2021 (double room), breakfast, lunch, one get-together in each city

(2) Transfer Vienna-Belgrade (bus), Transfer Belgrade-Athens (flight)

(3) 9 days course programme (3 days in each city, 2 transfer days)

Additional expenses are costs for travel to Vienna / travel from Athens as well as lunch/dinner on transfer days


Nominated students from CEE- and SEE-Countries can apply for scholarships (280 Euro)