Cornelia Dlabaja

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Cornelia Dlabaja is an urban researcher. She is currently a research assistant at the Institute of Sociology and previously working as predoctoral fellow at the Department of European Ethnology at the University of Vienna. In her ethnographic PhD project, she investigates the formation of the urban development area Seestadt Aspern over a 5-year period. She studied sociology and spatial planning in Vienna, Paris, and Darmstadt. Her research interests include ‘right to the city’ movements in Venice and Vienna, caring for the city, urban change, migration, and gender. Her Master’s research was published in 2016 as “The Viennese Brunnenviertel: Productions of Urban Change” (new academic press). Previous work included from the FEMtech funded project ‘GenderATlas’ at the Institute of Geography and ‘Living in Highrises’ at the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. She co-organised the WWTF funded Maria Jahoda summer school ‘Rethinking public space’ in 2014. In 2011, Cornelia founded the Section of Social Inequality in the Austrian Sociology Association, of which she is the speaker until today.
She is currently coordinating the Settlement Monitoring of the Urban Lakeside Aspern at Institute of Sociology of the University of Vienna. The monitoring is a scientific accompaniment to the development of Seestadt Aspern, which is monitoring the actors of planning and the living and housing conditions.

Research interests: Social Inequality, Social Movements, Urban Research, Migration, Work, Caring for the city, digital ethnography, urban interventions & dispositive analysis   


  • together with Hofmann, Julia; Fernandes, Karina (2022): Handbuch Soziale Ungleichheit (Handbook Social Inequality): Befunde, Analysen und Strategien. Belz Verlag.
  • (2021): Stadt(-Raum) im Bild - Imaginationen des Urbanen in Renderings. In: Jeannine Wintzer, Raphaela Kogler (Hrsg.): Raum und Bild - Strategien visueller raumbezogener Forschung. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag. S. 255-266.
  • (2021): The Right to the Island – Venetians reclaiming the city in times of overtourism Contested representations, narrations and infrastructures: SHIMA Journal. Special issue: Living, Narrating and Representing Venice and its Lagoon. V15.