Christian Smigiel

Christian Smigiel
University of Salzburg · Division of Sociology and Human Geography

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18 Research Items
175 Citations
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Additional affiliations
January 2015 - March 2016
Fachhochschule Erfurt
Position
  • Researcher, Lecturer

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Publications (32)
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European cities are experiencing a mushrooming of a new urban imagery amid multiple types of crisis. In fact, the ‘smart city’ has become a widely spread vision used by a variety of powerful key actors as well as a top-down urban political strategy that is applied in order to promote new arrangements, models and technologies for almost all policy a...
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Der Beitrag untersucht den Mehrebenen-Charakter des Smart City-Paradigmas am Beispiel Österreichs. Konkret befasst er sich mit Ankunft und Eigenschaften dieser multiskalaren politischen Strategie. Er beleuchtet Zusammenspiel und Relationalität diverser Akteursgruppen und zeichnet nach, was mittels Smart City adressiert wird, wie sich Städte via Sma...
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Kurzfassung Kurzzeitvermietungen im Allgemeinen und die Internet-Vermietungsplattform Airbnb im Besonderen stehen gegenwärtig im öffentlichen Fokus. Der Beitrag untersucht am Beispiel der Stadt Salzburg mit einem Mixed-Methods-Ansatz sowohl die räumliche Ausprägung als auch die Akteurstruktur, die sich mit dieser Form des Plattformurbanismus verbin...
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This article deals with one of the most controversial topics in urban studies related to mobile capital and mobile people. At first glance this seems to be contradictory since numbers of short-term rentals have decreased dramatically due to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. However, this paper is not about numbers and statistics. Instead it di...
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Papers in this special issue offer a wide range of political economy and sociological perspectives to explain the development and impacts of short-term rentals (STRs) in European cities. Empirically, they provide insights regarding STR providers, socio-spatial impacts, and regulation. Authors reveal the professionalization of the sector vis-à-vis t...
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Precarious housing conditions are on the rise across Europe. Precarious housing refers to housing that is either unaffordable or unsuitable, for example because it is overcrowded, in poor dwelling condition, poorly located or even unsafe. While there is much literature on the strong link between employment and housing insecurity and abundant invest...
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Die Wohnungsfrage wird als eine der zentralen sozialen Fragen des 21. Jahrhunderts bezeichnet. Sowohl in der Öffentlichkeit als auch in verschiedenen Sozialwissenschaften wird sie intensiv diskutiert und erforscht. Vor diesem Hintergrund liefert der vorliegende Beitrag einen kritisch-konzeptionellen Überblick, ordnet die thematische Vielfalt der Wo...
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The paper discusses different features of touristification in the case of Salzburg City. Although the city has been an urban tourism destination for decades, the intensity of tourism has been growing remarkably over the last 10-15 years. In terms of overnight stays per inhabitant, Salzburg ranks top among European cities and is showing the highest...
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The housing question is a topic of increasing concern in a number of European cities. Rising housing costs burden many households. Since the outbreak of the global economic crisis in 2008, housing has increasingly come under spotlight of investors. Institutional and private actors invest in real estate not only in metropolitan areas but also in mid...
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Ausgehend von der Charakterisierung der Ökonomie Österreichs als exportorientiertem finanzdominiertem Akkumulationsregime, in dem finanzielle Verwertungsstrategien und die Erzielung von Rentenerträgen zunehmend wichtiger geworden sind, analysieren wir die österreichische Wohnungspolitik. Wir stellen die wesentlichen wohnungspolitischen Instrumente...
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In: Polylog - Zeitschrift für Interkulturelles Philosophieren. Contemporary cities, towns, and villages, as well as the countryside, are characterized by a superposition, transition, and dissolution of urban and rural functions, lifestyles, and social-spatial relationships. While rural areas are increasingly reshaped by urban-like infrastructures,...
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Digital platforms for urban tourism have not only given much more visibility to urban tourism itself but are also fueling its impact on urban policies, neighbourhoods and everyday lives. Housing rentals, for example through Airbnb, change the relationship between tourists and locals, guests and hosts and add a new dimension to the commodification o...
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Ende der 1990er Jahre kaum bekannt, gehören Gated Communities mittlerweile zum alltäglichen Erscheinungsbild von Städten im östlichen Europa. Wie konnte es dazu kommen? Welche politischen, ökonomischen und sozialen Rahmenbedingungen haben zu dieser Art Bauboom beigetragen? Welche gesellschaftlichen Macht- und Kräfteverhältnisse sind für diese Entwi...
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Die Energiewende und mit ihr die steigenden Strompreise haben das Thema Energiearmut für eine kurze Zeit ins Rampenlicht gerückt, die Diskussion um Energiekosten und soziale Ungleichheit auf die Tagesordnung gebracht und in Forschung und Praxis eine Reihe von Pilotprojekten angestoßen. Dabei zeigt sich, dass eine solche Debatte mehr Facetten ha...
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Gated Communities are often considered as symbols of segregation, privatization of housing or wider process of socio-spatial polarization in different urban contexts (Davis 1999, Low 2001, Rosen und Razin 2009, Kovács 2014). This paper will extend this perception by arguing that gated communities can be also seen as outcomes and symbols of financia...
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Ein Nachdenken über Kultur ist ein schwieriges Unterfangen. Dies zeigt bereits ein Blick in Lexika und andere Nachschlagewerke, wo einem neben der langen und vielfältigen Geschichte " des Kulturbegriffs " , der umfangreiche und teilweise auch widersprüchliche Inhalt, mit dem dieser Begriff gefüllt ist, verdeutlicht wird. Klar scheint lediglich, das...
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Gated communities represent a rather new trend in housing in Sofia. Besides very few secluded and privately governed neighbourhoods of the nomenclature they were little known in Bulgaria before 1989. This has changed profoundly over the last 15 years. Indeed, similar to other Central and Eastern European cities (CEE) one can speak of a boom in clos...
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Can Central and Eastern European large housing estates generally be branded as places of decline and social decay? Current results from an ongoing research project on sociospatial differentiation of different neighbourhoods in CEE-urban regions reveal a high level of residential satisfaction and a low level of potential mobility. Based on theoretic...
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In the last two decades, suburban areas in many Eastern European cities have seen an enormous influx of people and functions. In fact, they have become a major destination for mainly young and wealthy residents and a target for investments in housing and infrastructure. Meanwhile, inner-city neighborhoods are witnessing disinvestment instead. This...
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Suburbanisation in Eastern Europe in a period of neo-liberal urban development A critical analysis of economic and politico-institutional conditions as well as socio-spatial outcomes In the last two decades suburban areas in many Eastern European cities have seen an enormous influx of people and functions. In fact, they have become a major destin...
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Suburban growth has been one of the most prevailing urban phenomena that has shaped the urban landscape in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990. Triggered by the fundamental reorganisation of societal and economic systems, the social and spatial setting of post-socialist urban regions has changed significantly.1 These changes are especially striki...
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EuropEan Variations on a uniVErsal thEmE (18 th —21 st cEnturiEs)
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Jacek Gądecki and Christian Smigiel draw attention to the rhetorical strategies used by the developers and sellers of gated communities in Bulgaria and Poland to promote their product as a comprehensive lifestyle package. Of course the promise of safety is crucial to this concept, but it is only one of several features. On the basis of a broad repe...

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Projects (7)
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The aim is to study and analyze the socio-spatial and politico-economic outcomes and rationalities of short-term rentals in different contexts.
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Analyse der Prozesse, Akteursstrategien und Politiken auf regionalen Wohnungsmärkten in Zeiten steigender Wohnungsnot am Beispiel Salzburg
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critical analysis of housing policies