Brown Bag Lunch

Urban Futures is organizing Brown Bag Lunch seminars on a monthly basis, where young scholars affiliated with the research platform's activities present their work in progress. These in person seminars stimulate scholary exchange of ideas through its more informal and collegial format over lunch time.

Bring your own food and discuss with us!

 Registration for April 23, 1-3pm

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 Joint BBL: Thursday, April 23 1-3PM

Hannah Sommer

Legitimization of Exclusions: An Analysis of Discursive Strategies within the New Pact

Hannah Sommer is PhD candidate at the Research Platform The Challenges of Urban Futures at the University of Vienna.

The talk will give insights into theoretical and empirical research on the EU’s 2020 New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the reform proposals for the Common European Asylum System. Based on work-in progress the talk will focus on the question what legitimization strategies are used within the New Pact and how they manifest discursively.

Research Area: Government and Governance

Adam Nemeth

Subjective well-being and social cohesion: Dynamic interplay in Vienna and Budapest

Adam Nemeth is post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and Research Affiliate at Urban Futures.

The integration of newly arrived migrants is crucial for the rapidly diversifying metropolises in Europe. Initiatives tackling social exclusion and intergroup tensions have key importance to ensure a smooth integration process. The project aims at understanding the two-way relationship between social cohesion and subjective well-being in case of the foreign-born populations in Vienna and Budapest. This presentation will provide an overview of the project's conceptual framework and methodology. Finally, European  patterns and the main SWB differences between the native-born and foreign-born population in Austria will be touched upon.

Research Area: Society and Culture


Past Events

Joint BBL: Thursday, February 22 - 1:15-3pm

Jana Brandl

Making cities sustainable. Eco-social policy integration in European urban areas

Jana Brandl is PhD candidate at the Research Platform The Challenges of Urban Futures at the University of Vienna.

The talk will give insights into theoretical and empirical research on the interrelation of ecological and social sustainability, thereby stressing the need for integrated eco-social policies. Based on insights from the broader literature on policy integration, it argues for a processual understanding of eco-social policy integration and proposes an analytical framework to study the scale-specific governance modes and policy mixes applied to formulate and implement such policies, as well as the role policy actors play therein.

Research Area

Laura Lotteraner

The Role of (Visual) Data Analysis in Environmental Pollution Research

Laura Lotteraner is PhD candidate at the Research Platform The Challenges of Urban Futures at the University of Vienna.

The talk will give insights into research at the intersection of environmental pollution science and data analysis. It presents case studies at different steps of the anthropogenic water system, discusses the collaboration between data scientists and pollution scientists and explores how the use of data can be improved in the field of environmental pollution.

Research Area: Environment and Sustainability


BBL: Tuesday, January 23

Arjin Tas

‘Risky Areas’ of Diyarbakir: Normalization of the use of counterinsurgency strategies in urban restructuring

23.01.2024, 12:00-1:30pm

Arjin Tas is Research Affiliate at Urban Futures and PhD student at the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna.

Arjin examines the normalization and generalization of the counterinsurgency strategies in urban policies across the province of Diyarbakir, Southeastern Turkey. Her comparative ethnographic project hypothesizes that urban destruction, displacement, and redevelopment, which were first employed as counterinsurgency strategies in the urban warfare in Sur, are turning into common practices by the Turkish state to subjugate the low-income Kurdish population living in clustered spaces labelled “risky areas” by the state.

C0628a - NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna (6th floor)


Joint BBL: Wednesday, November 15

Lucía Cobos

The configuration of Madrid as a socio-spatial order. A study of the variable geometries in four districts

Lucía Cobos is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid. Her PhD is part of a project funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation called: "Economic, social and political innovation in Madrid in the context of the (post)pandemic: strategies and territorial dimensions".

This contribution aims to investigate about the conformation of a socio-spatial order in the city of Madrid. Through the relationship between the spatial, politics and the political Lucía tries to show how the political subject is spatialized and what effects this spatialization has. In this way, she uses the concept of variable geometries to account for these effects in the case study of four districts of the city of Madrid: Arganzuela, Villaverde, Barajas and Latina.

Melis Günay

Mobility in the making: Negotiation processes in neighborhood-level mobility experiments

Melis Günay is a doctoral researcher at the DFG-Research training group 2725 “Urban future-making: Professional agency across time and scale” at the HafenCity University Hamburg.

Her talk shares insights into a comparative case study analysis that investigates negotiation processes between civil society and public actors involved in neighborhood-level mobility experiments. The experiments under examination test a redistribution of street space and are increasingly implemented in German cities in order to advance mobility transformations that aim to reduce motorized private transport. The presentation identifies negotiation structures and strategies that emerge within these experiments and finally reflects on experimentation as a means of ‘making’ urban mobility.


BBL: Tuesday, October 17

Ishita Dey

Of Adjustment and Placemaking: Ethnography of Migrant Journeys in India

17.10.2023, 12:15-1:30pm

Ishita Dey is Incoming Scholar at the Urban Futures platform. She is a Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology of the South Asian University, Delhi.

Drawing on co-traveling experience in trains from Bhagalpur to Mumbai, Ishita will share her research on urban labour migration. She argues that in post-colonial times, railways are an essential part of Indian democratic politics and governance. Ultimately, this BBL asks how placemaking through objects, gestures, and movements informs migrant journeys.

C0628a - NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna (6th floor)

Anthropology of Urban Migration (Yellow)


BBL: Wednesday, June 28

Ana Cukovic

Institutional efforts at migrant emplacement: role of philanthropy

28.06.2023, 1:15-2:45pm

Ana Cukovic is Research Affiliate at the Urban Futures platform. She is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in Detroit, this talk analyzes the conditions by which local efforts at migrant inclusion take place. Building on evidence from interviews, document reviews, and discourse analysis, it investigates how migration comes to be viewed as part of 'urban revitalization' strategy within the larger framework led by philanthropy and growth elites. The talk ultimately asks: what is the role of private philanthropic organizations in shaping urban governance?

C0628a - NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna (6th floor)


Kick Off BBL session: May 24

Eline de Jong

The logic of deservingness in social enterprises

24.05.2023, 12:00-1:30pm

Eline de Jong is Incoming Scholar at the Urban Futures platform. She is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

She will share some work-in-progress reflections based on her doctoral research on solidarity and deservingness in social enterprises, for which she conducts ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with third sector organizations working with and for people with a migration background.

C0628a - NIG, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna (6th floor)