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The research institute’s main emphases lie on the following topics:

  • Governance of autonomous units and Public Corporate Governance

  • Internal management in the urban administration

  • Smart Cities and sustainable urban development

  • Good Urban Governance

  • Urban administration and municipal management in the process of European integration

The spectrum of research questions is broad and varies from an analysis of the accountability of outsourced enterprises to the question, in which ways “Lifestyle Cities” such as Vienna, Sydney and Copenhagen, whose identity is mainly constructed in terms of culture, education and a high quality of life, can make use of this identity for economic profiling. Environmental standards for city development projects are being explored as well as the specific work motivation of government employees and their preference of incentives, including advanced vocational training, career management or a fair work-life-balance.

Get an overview of our ongoing projects in these research fields here.