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Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

Mod­ern city man­age­ment has to keep up with com­plex changes in the eco­nom­ical, legal, polit­ical, tech­no­lo­gical, demo­graphic and cul­tural spheres, while at the same time cop­ing with an in­creas­ing scarcity of fin­an­cial re­sources.

The Re­search In­sti­tute for Urban Man­age­ment and Gov­ernance takes a mul­tidiscip­lin­ary ap­proach to­wards ana­lys­ing is­sues of mod­ern city man­age­ment as well as ques­tions of urban gov­ernance in an in­ter­na­tional con­text. The in­sti­tute’s fo­cus and core com­pet­ences lie in the fields of the So­cial Sciences, Eco­nom­ics and Law.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it draws on ex­pert­ise in the Hu­man­it­ies and Cul­tural Stud­ies, en­rich­ing and com­plet­ing the re­search work. Spe­cif­ics of mu­ni­cipal ser­vice pro­vi­sion are of par­tic­u­lar in­terest: embed­ded in their gen­eral frame­work, the dy­nam­ics which mark the dis­tri­bu­tion and avail­ab­il­ity of pub­lic ser­vices are ana­lysed. This pro­cess aims at identi­fy­ing and fram­ing long term per­spect­ives and op­por­tun­it­ies for urban devel­op­ment.

The re­search in­sti­tute is headed by Ver­ena Mad­ner, Pro­fessor for Pub­lic Law and Pub­lic Man­age­ment and Ren­ate Meyer, Pro­fessor for Or­gan­iz­a­tion Stud­ies. Apart from their re­search activ­it­ies, the fac­ulty mem­bers are com­mit­ted to uni­versity edu­ca­tion and in­volved in Ex­ec­ut­ive Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing. In so do­ing, the in­sti­tute sup­ports the dia­logue between science and de­cision makers in the com­munal ad­min­is­tra­tion, espe­cially the key ex­ec­ut­ives of the City of Vi­enna and its out­sourced units. The in­sti­tute not only provides a net­work of re­search­ers and ex­perts in the field but also fosters the science-­prac­tice trans­fer of know­ledge by ed­it­ing re­search res­ults with a view to ap­plic­ab­il­ity.