Josef Kohlbacher

Research Group Leader "Urban Transformation"

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Josef Kohlbacher, MA, PhD, Master & Doctor of Social Sciences was born 1958 in Lilienfeld (Austria). He studied sociology, social and cultural anthropology, German philology, history and Egyptology at the University of Vienna; from 1977 to 1987 a number of field research stays in Egypt, India and Nepal, from 1984 to 1987 he was a research fellow at the Museum of Anthropology in Vienna. Since 1988 he was senior researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he has been deputy director of the Institute since 2006.

His main research interests are the housing market integration of immigrants, municipal integration policies, interethnic relations in the local urban context, neighbourhood social interactions, residential segregation and its social implications and refugee studies with a focus on integration processes and value orientations.

Research Areas

  • Migration and integration

  • Refugee studies

  • Municipal integration policies

  • Interethnic relations in the local urban context

  • Neighbourhood social interactions,

  • Residential segregation

Memberships and additional functions

  • IMISCOE (International Migration Integration and Social Cohesion)

Recent Publications

  • Hatz, G. ; K.(2016): Socio-economic segregation in Vienna: A social-oriented approach to urban planning an housing. In: Tammaru, T. ; M. (ed.)(2016): Socio-Economic Segregation in European Capital Cities. London and New York: 80-109.
  • Kohlbacher, J. and Reeger, U.(2016): Business activities of immigrants from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia in Vienna - Group-specific branch concentrations versus locally determined variations. In: City20: 101-115.
  • Dahlvik, J., Franz, Y., Humer, A., Hoekstra, M., Kohlbacher, J., Johansson, M. and Tageldeen, Z.(2015): Speaking one language? Collaborating with policymakers and practitioners.. In: ICEC Newsletter: 1-6. internet:
  • Kohlbacher, J.(2015): Mobilitätsbeschränkung nachteilig.
  • Kohlbacher, J., Reeger, U. and Schnell, P.(2015): Network Embeddedness of Migrants: Exploring Variations across Three Neighbourhoods in Vienna. In: Ryan, L. ; E. (ed.)(2015): Migrant Capital. Networks, Identities and Strategies. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: 188-206.