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Dr. Christian SMIGIEL
Ass.-Prof. / stellvertretender Fachbereichsleiter

Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg / FB Soziologie und Sozialgeographie / Abteilung Sozialwissenschaftliche Geographie
Hellbrunnerstraße 34, A-5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43-662-8044-5248
Fax.: +43-662-8044-525

Short bio
Christian Smigiel is Assistant Professor of Urban and Social Geography at the University of Salzburg (PLUS). He holds a Diploma in Geography, Political Science and Economics from the University of Münster (WWU). In 2015, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig for a thesis entitled “Productions of space: materiality, symbolics and everyday life of Sofia’s gated communities”. He has directed several research projects on short-term rentals, financialization, gentrification, smart cities in Austrian, German, and Italian as well as in several Central and Eastern European contexts.

Research interests:
Digital geographies
Socio-spatial inequalities
Critical urban studies
Critical urban planning
Housing studies
Urban politics

Selected publications:
Smigiel, C. (2021): Wohnungsfrage(n) – Multiple Perspektiven auf ein zentrales Themenfeld sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung konkretisiert am Beispiel Kurzzeitvermietung. In: GW-UNTERRICHT 163, 3. S. 5-18. DOI:

Cocola-Gant, A.; Hof, A.; Smigiel, C. & Yrigoy, I. (2021): Short-term rentals as a new urban frontier – evidence from European cities. In: Environment and Planning A. Vol. 53(7) 1601–1608. DOI:

Smigiel, C. (2020): Why it did not work? Reflections over regulating Airbnb and the complexity and agency of platform capitalism. In: GEOGRAFICA HELVETICA. 75, pp.253-257. DOI:

Smigiel, C. (2020): Behind The Smart City: Theoretische Einordnungen und empirische Erkenntnisse einer multiskalaren Strategie am Beispiel Österreichs. In: GEOGRAPHISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT. Vol. 108, 1, pp.39-62. DOI:

Smigiel, C. (2019): Urban political strategies in times of crisis: A multi-scalar perspective on smart cities in Italy. In: EUROPEAN URBAN & REGIONAL STUDIES, 26 (4), pp. 336-348. DOI: