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

  • Kohlbacher, J., Reeger, U. and Schnell, P.(2013): Strong ties inside and outside the neighbourhood. An exploratory analysis of the spatial dimension of ego/alter relations in three urban settings in Vienna. In: Finisterra96: -.
  • Kohlbacher, J. ; R.(2013): Von der Nische ins Zentrum? Unternehmer mit türkischem oder exjugoslawischem Migrationshintergrund in der Wiener Wirtschaft. Wien.
  • Kohlbacher, J.(2013): Neighbourhood embeddedness and interethnic social ties. Evidence from three urban settings in Vienna.
  • Fassmann, H. ; K.(2013): Labour Market “Central Europe”: Effects of 2004/2007 Accession and of the Transitional Rules.
  • Schnell, P., Kohlbacher, J. and Reeger, U.(2012): Neighbourhood Embeddedness in Six European Cities: Differences Between Types of Neighbourhoods and Immigrant Background. 4(180): 523-544.