Simon Bohun: Polarized Vienna: Democracy and Public Space in the Urban Periphery
Location: Vienna, Austri
aMentors: Roberto Rocco, Birgit Hausleitner
Keywords: Urban periphery, Donaustadt, democracy and public space, centrality
Political opinions in Vienna are increasingly polarized in spatially distinct patterns. Election results show that the inner-city population predominantly supports cosmopolitan and green strategies. Outer areas, on the other hand, have a distinctly higher share of voters for right-wing populist parties. This phenomenon can be observed in many European cities, but the Viennese context is particularly interesting since Vienna is frequently ranked as the city with the highest quality of life and is famous for strong social policies.
This project researches how political discontent in suburban areas correlates with spatial structures and processes. Furthermore, it will investigate how diﬀerent social groups in suburban areas experience the current development of their environment. The aim is to understand the socio-spatial diﬀerences between urban and suburban areas, that promote the polarization, and to propose strategies to reduce this imbalance.