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Research activities – current projects



    Interdisciplinary master’s degree program (academic courses, fieldwork, excursions & visits) in cooperation with:
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), KØbenhavns Universitet, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

    • Financed by: Educational, Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency, European Commission.
    • Duration: Oct. 2006 – Sep. 2008
    • Website: www.4cities.eu


    CLIP (Diversity Policy in Employment and Service Provision for Migrants)
    CLIP - Network of European Cities for Local Integration Policies for Imigrants

      • Duration 2006 – 2009
      • Financed by: Eurofound

      (together with Dr. Peter Görgl, Dr. Josef Kohlbacher, Prof. Wolfgang Bosswick, Dr. Hubert Krieger)


      This project comprises a Europe-wide cooperation of five leading research institutes of migration research as well as of the municipal authorities which are responsible of migration of 20 big-city metropolis in the EU-25. The project, which is subdivided into several modules, aims at integration political measures on the urban level. The best-practice-approach for urban integration politics should be gained by an inquiry, a systematic comparison as well as a review of the measures of the local government politics.

      This project is financed by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions with the official seat in Dublin, which brought the European City Network, the basis of CLIP, into being in spring 2006 together with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as well as the city of Stuttgart. The Department of Urban and Spatial Research (ISR) surveys Vienna and the metropolis in the new EU-joining states such as Zagreb, Budapest, Prague and Ljubljana.

      In the first module local government strategies in the living sector which aim at the integration of migrants as well as ethnic minorities are established by means of extensive questionnaires and compared and analyzed academically. The results are compiled by the researchers in the form of case studies and they write an overview report at the end of every module. Every module comprises research stays in the cities, which are surveyed by the respective institute, as well as a Europe-wide comparing analysis. The project results should be trans-lated into practice by the municipal authorities responsible for questions of migration. Regarding the second module treating urban diversity politics, the basics of a concept-paper are established and the questionnaires already processed by the cities.


      • Christine Gollin, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
      • Living Conditions Team: Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, Ireland
      • Tel: (+353 1) 204 31 37 / 204 31 00 /
      • Fax: (+353 1) 282 64 56 /
      • E-mail: christine.gollin@eurofound.europa.eu


      DEMIFER – Demographic and migratory flows affecting European regions and cities

        • ESPON Programme 2013
        • Applied Research Project 2013/1/3


        DEMIFER is a project supported by the ESPON 2013 Programme. The project will be carried out by a team of researchers from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI, Netherlands), the University of Vienna (UNIVIE, Austria), the International Organization for Migration/Central European Forum for Migration (IOM/CEFMR, Poland), the University of Leeds/School of Geography (SoG, United Kingdom), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (NEEA, Netherlands), the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (Nordregio, Sweden), and the National Research Council (CNR, Italy).

        Key Objective

        The project will examine the effects of demographic developments and migration flows for various types of regions where the typology of regions is based on demographic, social, economic and environmental characteristics.

        In order to assess the effects of future demographic and migration developments on the structure of the population and the labour force in European regions alternative scenarios will be developed. These scenarios will be based on analyses of the causes and consequences of migration and will show impacts on future internal migration, international migration, natural population development and labour force participation. Two reference scenarios will be developed to calculate what would happen if demographic parameters would not change: one scenario with, and one without taking into account migration. In addition a number of regional scenarios will be compiled to examine the effect of alternative demographic developments and migration patterns. Finally, various policy options are analysed by examining how they could affect the outcomes of the scenarios.


        IDEA (Mediterranean and Eastern European Countries as new immigration destinations in the European Union)

          • Duration: January 2007 - June 2009
          • Financed by: European Commission – 6th EU framework program

          IDEA, led by the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw, comprises eleven partners from nine countries, among them three Eastern-European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary), four „new immigration countries“ in the Mediterranean area (Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain) and two „old immigration countries“ (France and Austria).


          The target of the project is to survey the mechanisms of immigration to Europe. The first step is to analyze the immigration history of the old immigration countries France and Austria as a basis. As a next step the partner in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean area examine closely in front of this background the current migration streams into their countries and put into a historical, political and economical context. The objective is to establish a model of future migration trends in this part of the EU und to contribute to future immigration politics.

          (together with Dr. Ursula Reeger)


          • Ms. Malgorzata Timoszuk, IDEA administrative coordinator
          • Centre of Migration Research: ul. Banacha 2 B, 02-097 Warszawa, Poland
          • Tel: +48 22 659 74 11
          • Fax: +48 22 822 74 05
          • E-mail: m.timoszuk@uw.edu.pl


          IMISCOE - European Network of Excellence:
          International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe


            IMES -- Network Coordinator (Amsterdam), CEDEM (Liege), CEG (Lisbon), CEIFO (Stockholm), CES (Coimbra), COMPAS (Oxford), DEUSTO (Bilbao), EFMS (Bamberg), ERCOMER (Rotterdam), FIERI (Turin), ICMPD (Vienna), IMIS (Osnabrück), INED (Paris), ISR (Vienna), IWE (Vienna), MIGRINTER (Poitiers), NIDI (The Hague), FSM/SFM Neuchatel, SCMR (Sussex), SociNova (Lisbon)

            • Financed by: 6th EU framework program
            • Duration: 2004-2009

            The network of excellences IMISCOE is a multidisciplinary research program bringing together about 400 researchers from 22 established European research institutes. These research institutes agreed to match and coordinate their research programs. In addition IMISCOE organizes common training and educa-tional programs, common conferences and a unified publication series sup-ported by the Amsterdam University Press. From the Austrian side the ISR and the EIF (Institute for European Integration research) are participating. The Austrian participation is organized by the Commission for Migration and Integration research (KMI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
            Researchers from the ISR are represented in two thematic clusters: the cluster A1, which is supported by the ISR concentrates mainly on three questions: “Post enlargement”-migration in the European Union, irregular migration, networks und their steering effect on migration as well as the effectiveness of migration control. The publication „Statistics and reality: concepts and measurements of migration in Europe” will include the essential results of cluster A1. The cluster B5 covering the fields of Housing, Education and Health (the ISR is especially present in the topic of housing) is the basis for an international research coop-eration in the framework of diverse projects.

            (together with Dr. Wiebke Sievers)



            „Cultures of difference. Transformation Processes in the Central European Region.“

              The idea of the facility of the Initiativkolleg (Initiative Group) at the University of Vienna is to support specifically young talents. With these structured doctorate programs the University of Vienna can visualize fields of research and develop future oriented profile. The University of Vienna will support twelve structured doctorate programs in the form of this "Initativkolleg".

              Description of the doctoral school

              Current perspectives, historical contexts are the radical changes in Central Europe after the system change 1989: with the decline of the communist states an unprecedented fundamental and complete economic, cultural and political process of transformation was triggered. On the one hand the previous tradi-tions continued and on the other hand new cultural models were formed. The far reaching change in society, economy, politics and culture not only affects the former socialistic states but also the EU-states. This especially shows in the Central European region which is conceived as paradigmatic area for innovative interdisciplinary analyses of this transformation process. The focus on this region which is characterized by cultural difference and heterogeneity makes it possible to overcome East-West-dichotomies which are still dominant in the research area. The interdisciplinary combination of the faculty not only corre-sponds to the theoretic methodical approach in the cultural sciences but also to the multilevel interconnection of politics culture and economic in these trans-formation processes.

              (together with Wolfgang Müller-Funk, Wendelin Schmidt-Dengler, Institut für Germanistik, Dieter Segert, Andreas Pribersy, Institut für Politikwissenschaften, Pál Deréky, Institut für Komperatistik, Heidemarie Uhl, OeAW)


              Intercultural Tracking. Pupils Research Migration (Hi)Stories

              The Project is concerned with images of history in the minds of young people in culturally heterogeneous classroom communities. Special attention is paid in this research project to the significance of images of history and migration (hi)stories passed on and handed down in students’ families. The intention is not to contrast “young people with migration background” with “Austrian youth,” but rather to examine the varied living realities of the students and their diverse cultural and social backgrounds.

              Central to the research plan are the following objectives:

              • Investigation of the construction, handing down and significance of images of history in the minds of students in culturally heterogeneous classes.

              The Project intends to carry out fundamental research into young people’s images of history and into the way they deal with potential differences and contradictions in the classroom community situation. Profound knowledge is needed to develop educational methods that will connect with the real lives of young people.

              Shedding light on migration (hi)stories

              One goal of the Project is to cast light on migration history and the individual (family) histories of young people with migration backgrounds and to foster the acceptance of these in collective sites of memory. This will take place in the classroom and, it will proceed through carefully directed communication and visualization of the research results as well as through academic networking with the schools (touring exhibits, media cooperation, integration of the research results in university teacher-training functions).

              Development of ways to conduct more inclusive instruction

              The research partnership of academics, pupils and teachers offers the best basis for joint work on concrete strategies for instruction. Coming to terms with migration histories means that a topic affecting all pupils will be incorporated in their instruction or, putting it another way, the topic will be made biographically accessible to young people with migration background.

              New forms of imparting knowledge

              Alongside the research work, a particular concern of the Project is the dissemination of social scientific methods and knowledge. Through an effort of reflexive-activation, the pupils themselves will slip into the role of researchers and they will present the results of their research in an exhibit and in a teaching event.

              Project Management:

              Scientific Partner Organization:

              Partner Schools:

              • BG/BRG Gmünd
              • HTBL Wien 10
              • Schulzentrum Ungargasse


              LIVES ON THE MOVE – Vakhtoviki in North-western Siberia
              A Qualitative Empirical Account of Long-distance Commute Work in the Russian Federation´s Oil and Gas Industries

              Duration: 2010-2013
              Funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund (P 22066-G17)

              Project leader:

              • Prof. Dr. Heinz Fassmann

              Project collaborators:

              • Gerti Eilmsteiner-Saxinger
              • Elena Nuykina
              • Elisabeth Öfner
              • Elena S. Aleshkevich (former collaborator)
              • Stefan Bauer (affiliated collaborator)
              • Evelyn Rainer (affiliated collaborator)

              Contact information:

              Project details:

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