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WEBINAR! “Contested Provisioning of Care & Housing”


After a successfull Workshop on “Planning for Climate Change”, we are cordially inviting you to join the webinar in which the joint research and insights of the Conference “Imaginaries & Strategies of Good Care & Good Housing” in May 2024 will be presented. The webinar will build up on the general discussion of the previous RLS-IKPS generated academic insights, pick up the debate of the provision of decent care from the 2023 collaboration and combine it with the provision of housing based on the insights and most current work presented and developed at the WU-JKU Doc-Team 114 conference with the intention to produce a synthesized view as a basis for future. While recent experiences highlight the fragilities of these societal systems and (re)produced inequalities, they also increased the awareness of how crucial care and housing as well as their interdependencies are for human flourishing. Discussing current dynamics of marketization and communitisation of care and housing, by analysing care and housing regimes raises the question How and why these dynamics (might) differ in the three countries and two fields?

How and why these dynamics (might) differ in the three countries and two fields?



Hans Volmary

Benjamin Baumgartner

Florian Pimminger

Valentin Fröhlich


June 11th, 6 PM – 8 PM (CET)

Valentin Fröhlich
Benjamin Baumgartner
Florian Pimminger
Hans Volmary

Organised by:

Institute for Spatial and Social-Ecological Transformations  ISSET (formerly Institute for Multilevel-Governance and Development) (WU Vienna);
Johannes Kepler University Linz,   
International Karl Polanyi Society

In cooperation with:

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Brussels 

Previous Webinars of the Series on Provisioning:

WORKSHOP! Planning for Climate Change

planning for climate change - WORKSHOP

We are excited to announce our expert workshop on “Planning for Climate Change” funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation! Join us on May 22nd @WU to explore the role of planning for socio-ecological transformation. Register now at to hear experts on the topic and be a part of the dialogue! Please indicate whether you want to participate online or on location.

The current ecological, digital, and geopolitical transformations have challenged European market-based governance. Deep, complex, and entangled multiple crises require effective public policymaking to transform existing socio-technical as well as provisioning systems. This will not be possible without planning, i.e., coordinated and goal-oriented agency by multiple public and private actors. Learning from past successes and failures, innovative forms of planning will have to substitute current European incremental and fragmented policy making.

This dialogue-oriented expert workshop, organized by the International Karl Polanyi Society and funded by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, will explore the potential of multi-level democratic planning to steer the transformation of socio-technical and politico-economic systems. It is structured in two sessions.

The first session will use learnings from historical planning experiences to explore current renaissance of planning. The session will evaluate proposals for contemporary democratic planning  be it eco social policies to transform provisioning systems or green industrial policies to transition towards a circular economy .

The second session focuses on the political economy of climate change and the possibility, need
and potential of better planning climate neutral and climate resilient transformations.

our speakers

Basak Kus

Colleen Schneider

Board Member

Jana Brandl

Lucia Behring

Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle

Lauren McKown

Matthias Schmelzer

PhotoCredit: Lauren McKown

Solveig Degen

Tatjana Boczy

PhotoCredit: Kristina Eisfeld

Werner Raza

Organised by:

International Karl Polanyi Society, 
WU Vienna

Made possible with funds from:

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels.

Event! Routledge Handbook on Karl Polanyi

We cordially invite you to (re)visit the works of karl polanyi

We are happy to present you with the opportunity to (re)visit the life and works of Karl Polanyi in such a fundamental way. On May 21st 2024 at 6:00 pm we welcome Polanyi-experts to share their insight into Karl Polanyi’s oeuvre:

Esteemed IKPS member, Michele Cangiani of the University Ca’Foscari in Venice who co-edited the “Routledge Handbook on Karl Polanyi” together with Polanyi connaisseur Claus Thomasberger, from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin who is also an IKPS Board member will present the finely curated contributions in their Handbook:

“Karl Polanyi is one of the most influential social scientists of our era. A report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) begins by noting that we are in a “Polanyi era”: a time of dangerously unregulated markets, where the greatest need for decisive political action is matched by the least trust in politics.

This handbook provides a comprehensive of recent research on Polanyi’s work and ideas, including the central place occupied by his thinking on the relationship between economics and politics. The stellar line-up of contributors to this book explore Polanyi’s work reflecting the intrinsic interdisciplinarity of Polanyi’s approach to understanding our society, its place in history, its fundamental dynamics, and its contradictions, as well as the methodological issues he raises.

The handbook broadly follows a chronological structure beginning with influences on Polanyi, his formative experiences and early works. A significant section is dedicated to Polanyi’s seminal work, The Great Transformation, and its impact. Further sections also look at Polanyi’s wider influence, on various disciplines and methodological debates, and his ongoing relevance for present-day issues including debates on populism, neoliberalism and low carbon transitions.

This handbook is a vital resource for students and scholars of economics, politics, sociology, and other social sciences.”

 “we are in a “Polanyi era”: a time of dangerously unregulated markets, where the greatest need for decisive political action is matched by the least trust in politics”


Following the presentation of the Handbook we have the pleasure to welcome our 7th Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor Attila Melegh, who incorporates the works of Karl Polanyi into his research and Fabienne Décieux, IKPS Board Member and Social Scientist who will relate their research and scientific endeavours to Karl Polanyi’s works.

our Speakers:

Attila Melegh

Claus Thomasberger

Board Member

Claus Thomasberger was Professor of Economics and Foreign Economic Policy at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences until 2017.

Fabienne Décieux

Board Member & Financial Referent

Michele Cangiani

Tatjana Boczy

PhotoCredit: Kristina Eisfeld

Please find your way to our gathering below.


Editors of the book:

CLAUS THOMASBERGER,  University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
MICHELE CANGIANI, University Ca’Foscari, Venice

Experts joining the discussion:

FABIENNE DÉCIEUX, University of Vienna & Johannes Kepler University Linz
ATTILA MELEGH, Corvinus University, Budapest

TATJANA BOCZY, University of Vienna

Organised by:

International Karl Polanyi Society, 
WU Vienna

Made possible with funds from:

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation Brussels.

Beyond Growth Conference

BEyond growth conference vienna

The Beyond Growth Conference Austria 2024 is a congress modeled after the event of the same name in the EU Parliament in Brussels in 2023. 

The event brings together politicians and decision-makers, media representatives and multipliers.

Together with social partnership, business, science, civil society and citizens, we will develop paths to sustainable prosperity. Sales and profits must currently continue to rise. This growth pressure causes many problems – such as inflation or the climate crisis. The idea that the economy can, and even must, grow indefinitely on a planet with limited resources is increasingly being critically questioned. Growth does not automatically bring prosperity for everyone. This can be seen, for example, in the fact that many people are at risk of poverty despite working, the majority of the population has problems paying their bills and environmental problems are increasingly occurring. Our economy is reaching its limits.

The official opening of the conference takes place at the Austrian Parliament on May 13th at 9:30 after a breakfast welcome at 8:30.

Andreas Novy will give an input following the official opening with statements from Alexander Van der Bellen, the President of Austria as well as the President of the National Council of Austria.

For all of you in Vienna, save the date and join this important open forum for the cause!

WHEN?                      May 13th-15th 2024

Where?                       Austrian Parliament

Register here!

You can look at the detailed program and find out more about this important initiative here:




More about the conference:

Our 7th Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor!

Attila melegh is our 7th vienna karl polanyi visiting professor

January 29th, 2024

We are happy to announce Professor Attila Melegh as our seventh Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor for the summer term 2024! 

In the course of his visit to Vienna, he will hold a PhD-seminar, an Internal Workshop at Central European University and an open lecture traditional to our visiting professorship.

Public lecture - MAY 22 - SAVE THE DATE!

Sociologist, economist and historian Attila Melegh is a professor at Corvinus University, Budapest and a senior researcher at the Demographic Research Institute. His research focuses on the global social change in the 20th century, the care crisis and international migration. Professor Melegh is also an expert on the works of Karl Polanyi and was founding director of the Karl Polányi Research Center at Corvinus University. He is the author of over a hundred scientific publications, the renowned book ‘On the East/West Slope, Globalization, Nationalism, Racism and Discourses on Central and Eastern Europe’ published at CEU Press and a new 2023 book ‘Migration Turn and Eastern Europe’ at Palgrave Macmillan.
To learn more about our visiting professorship which is a unique university cooperation of the University of Vienna, the Central European University (CEU) and the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU Wien), also follow the links below.
You can find our previous professors’ Public Lecture recordings on the respective professor’s page or on our YouTube Channel.
Our Public Lectures are open to anyone interested in connecting with research conducted at these universities and our visiting professors works. You are cordially invited to the public lecture on May 22nd at 6:30 pm which we are organiszing together with the Public Learning Centres Vienna (Wiener Volkshochschulen VHS). This important Viennese institution offers adult education on diverse topics and in the 1920s Karl Polanyi has also taught at the Public Learning Centres Vienna (Wiener Volkshochschulen VHS).

phd seminar - application phase open now!

We are looking forward to students joining Prof. Melegh’s research Seminar on Global social change and the migration turn. Students can apply with a 1-page motivational letter and CV by February 21st 2024! Find out more here or by clicking on the button below.

workshop @ CEU

You can read more about his Visiting Professorship, the PhD Seminar and all the related events by clicking on the links below. 
We will inform you about details about the CEU Workshop soon.


Imaginaries and Strategies for Good Care and Good Housing in Times of Transformation

December 22nd, 2023


Care and housing are key provisioning systems, intertwined and coconstitutive.
They contribute to sustaining livelihoods and are foundational for human
flourishing. Care, on the one hand, is not restricted to one’s own place of living, but
shapes and is shaped by spatial relations in specific localities or transnational
networks. Care and Care work is provided in a specific built environment with different
configurations of housing, depending on appropriate infrastructures, including
buildings, retail, green and leisure facilities. Housing, on the other hand, is always
entangled with care – not only for others, but also for one’s own habitation, the
residential environment, and local communities. As it offers the material place for
diverse reproductive activities, the care (work) taking place in the respective spaces
is disarrayed when housing becomes unaffordable or precarious. In addition, how
neighbourhoods are developed, and how other key provisioning systems (mobility,
health, food, energy, etc.) are organised, decisively influences the capabilities of
residents to give and receive care and to shape the respective environment by ‘doing
housing’. Last but not least, the provision of care and housing, are both closely
entangled with specific society-nature relations that enable more or less reciprocal,
just, and sustainable practices of doing care and housing.
In the ongoing social-ecological, geopolitical, and digital transformations care and
housing are decisive but contested terrains for shaping new arrangements of
organizing livelihoods. As multiple crises escalate, it becomes increasingly harder
to ensure human flourishing without exacerbating mechanisms of exclusion or
transgressing planetary boundaries. Currently, diverse struggles unfold about
reinforcing or changing existing forms of provisioning, (dis-)empowering actors – be it
as residents, workers, care-receivers and givers, family members or migrants. It is,
thus, urgent to identify pathways to develop and shape ongoing transformations in an
inclusive and sustainable way. While profound change is unavoidable, collective actors
in the 21st century have to explore new imaginaries as well as strategies to actualize
such visions. This includes struggles over private and public spaces, about
transforming private practices as well as forms of collective agency.

Why a conference on imaginaries and strategies for good care and good
The conference aims at discussing these contested developments in the fields of care
and housing and envisioning future perspectives. Imaginaries are necessary to
identify desirable futures of how societies can re-organise the foundations of our social,
economic, and ecological systems. Aiming at a good life for all within planetary
boundaries, including good care and good housing, is a widespread, but ambitious
objective for ongoing transformations. The community shift and tendencies toward
communitisation, within care regimes, aims at prefigurative forms of such
provisioning. Community-oriented arrangements can be based on reciprocity and
redistribution, that facilitate human flourishing, even under adverse framework
conditions of financialization and austerity. However, these community initiatives are
strongly interrelated with the welfare state and different modes of care and housing
provision, with professional, and lay work etc. They facilitate desirable practices of
doing care and housing in niches of the given provisioning of social services and beyond
and are more or less able to change “the rules of the game”. Multiple strategies are
necessary to identify the potential for actors to change these framework conditions,
be it institutions (e.g., social infrastructures, legal and fiscal systems) or structures
(e.g., gender relations) to transform contemporary financialised capitalism. Currently,
economic and social policies are still subordinating the reproductive sphere to the
sphere of production, commodification and finance, and short-term consumer wishes
to long-term needs of sustaining the social and ecological background conditions of
our civilisation. Actualizing visions of a care-ful future will, therefore, only be possible
if the always-contested relations between the productive and the reproductive sphere
are re-organised – at the expense of the former. Such re-organisations will be conflictprone,
often negotiated in uneven relations and on multiple levels simultaneously –
from the home and the neighbourhood to the region, the nation, and the EU.
Against this background, the conference “Imaginaries and Strategies to Transform
Care and Housing in Times of Transformations” seeks to problematise these
transformations and their diverse manifestations to envision imaginaries and
strategies that foster socially just and ecologically sustainable ways of living together.
Of particular interest is research that relates transformations in the provisioning of
care and housing to other provisioning systems, for example mobility or health
services, as well as to society-nature relations that facilitate remaining within planetary

The conference is organized in three tracks:

1.) transformative imaginaries for good
care and good housing;

2.) transformative strategies for a good life within planetary

3.) a transdisciplinary track on ‘Wirtschaft neu denken [Re-thinking the
economy]’ (in German).

Academic contributions are invited to all tracks, practitioners to the third track.

Track A: Transformative imaginaries for good care and good housing:
o Imaginaries for Caring Futures in Careless Times: What does good
care and good housing mean in socioeconomic systems of the 21st
century? How can a socioeconomic system beyond growth promote wellbeing?
How can we ensure that care and care work become visible and
socially recognised? How can we imagine caring/care-ful neighbourhoods
or even societies in the future?
o Hybrid Economic Models: How can we imagine alternative mixed
economies bridging the gap between centralised planning and freemarket
coordination? How can we better integrate hybrid forms of
provisioning (market, reciprocity, redistribution, household)? How can
socioeconomic systems be democratised to empower citizens and
workers to shape the framework conditions for living and working, caring
and dwelling in a just and sustainable way?
o Balancing Productive and Reproductive Capacities: How can we
reorganise the economy to better secure its reproductive foundations?
How can this contribute to creating a more equitable society?

Track B: Transformative strategies for good care and good housing:
How can desirable alternatives become feasible futures?
o Strategies for Caring Futures in Careless Times: How can public
policies prioritise foundational goods, services, and infrastructures?
Which structures facilitate and which structures hinder the provision of
good care and good housing while maintaining decent working
conditions? Which actors promote, and which actors hinder its
o Multi-level Transformations: How can diverse actors at multiple levels
contribute to just and sustainable transformations? What is the potential
of bottom-linked niche alternatives (e.g., caring communities, cohousing)
and of top-linked changes of framework conditions (e.g.,
comprehensive decentralised care services, rent regulation)? How can
we avoid becoming trapped in societal niches and what forms of multiscalar
economic reorganisation are necessary?
o Finding Common Ground: How can we build broad societal alliances
and reconcile social and ecological politics? How can we bolster
participation in decision-making processes? What are the limitations of
consensus-based policy proposals? Which innovative policies exist? How
can reproductive activities be fostered and reproductive workers

• Track C: ‘Wirtschaft Neu Denken [Re-thinking the Economy]’:
transdisciplinary dialogue on imaginaries and strategies to embed the market
into society-nature relations that strengthen reproductive systems and
foundational goods, services, and infrastructures to enable a good life for all
within planetary boundaries.
o Transversal theory-practice dialogue during all decentral sessions
o Diversity of practitioners and activists
o Workshop design

Abstract submission:

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit an abstract (250-300 words and full affiliation of the
author/s) by February 17th 2024 and will inform you about the acceptance of your paper by by 1st March 2024. Please send your submissions to 

Conference Tracks A and B will be in English,

Track C will be in German. 

Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered by
the organisers; there are no conference fees.

“Imaginaries and Strategies for Good Care and Good Housing in Times of Transformation”

The conference aims at discussing these contested developments in the fields of care and housing and envisioning future perspectives. Imaginaries are necessary to
identify desirable futures of how societies can re-organise the foundations of our social, economic, and ecological systems. Aiming at a good life for all within planetary
boundaries, including good care and good housing, is a widespread, but ambitious
objective for ongoing transformations. 

17th FEBRUARY, 2024

Submission Deadline

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit an abstract (250-300 words and full affiliation of the
author/s) by February 17th 2024 and will inform you about the acceptance of your paper by by 1st March 2024. Please send your submissions to 
Conference Tracks A and B will be in English, Track C will be in German. 

Organised by:

Johannes Kepler University Linz, 
WU Vienna,
Austrian Academy of Sciences – ÖAW,
University of Graz,
Competence Centre for Infrastructure Economics, Public Servies and Social Provisioning,

Organizers and chairs:
Brigitte Aulenbacher
Andreas Novy
Valentin Fröhlich
Benjamin Baumgartner
Florian Pimminger
Hans Volmary
Julia Fankhauser


Register for Lane Kenworthy’s Workshop @CEU

Guest professor LANE Kenworthy's WORKSHOP @CEU:
'Is Inequality harmful?'

November 30th, 2023

Join the workshop!

The Department of Political Science at Central European University & the Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship Team invites you to a Workshop with Lane Kenworthy, Yankelovich Endowed Chair Professor (UC San Diego) and Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor.

Is Income Inequality Harmful?

13:30-18:30 CET / January 12, 2024  


  • Despina Alexiadou, University of Strathclyde
  • Jürgen Essletzbichler, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
  • Judith Derndorfer, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
  • Alice Kügler, Central European University
  • Björn Bremer, Central European University


  • Carsten Schneider, Central European University
  • Anıl Duman, Central European University

Please register here by January 10.

In the meantime you can find out more about the CEU Workshop, Lane Kenworthy, his Public Lecture and our Visiting Professorship below.

Public Lecture by 6th Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor Lane Kenworthy!

"The good city in the good society"

November 21st, 2023

Public lecture by Lane kenworthy"

On January 11th, 2024 the Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship will be awarded for the sixth time. This semester’s Visiting Professor Lane Kenworthy will hold his Public Lecture in the Dachsaal at the Vienna Urania. 

Kenyote: The Good City in the Good Society

“Many people like living in or close to cities, and in nearly all parts of the world more are heading there. This is a good thing, because density has significant benefits, including economic productivity, economies of scale in the provision of public goods and services, tolerance, and environmental sustainability.

There are a number of challenges we — citizens, researchers, policymakers — will need to meet: in capability development, provision and maintenance of infrastructure, safety, economic security and prosperity, housing, transportation, health, political decisionmaking, and financing.

The good news is that we know a lot about how to meet these challenges. There are feasible, affordable policies and institutions that can allow and encourage more people to live in or near cities and thereby facilitate better lives for themselves and for others. This isn’t just theoretical: these policies and institutions are already in use in actually-existing cities, and there is substantial evidence that they work.”

We are looking forward to seeing many of you there and kindly ask you to register! 

In the meantime you can find out more about Prof. Kenworthy, our Visiting Professorship and view our other upcoming activities!

Invitation to Register

Invitation to register for the conference in linz dec 4th-6th

November 14th, 2023

INVITATION TO Register to participate by Nov 30th

Care and housing are foundational for human well-being. Both deal with organising and
sustaining livelihoods: while care as a human activity reacts to the ever-given contingency
of life, housing arranges a place for undertaking everyday need-satisfying activities. In both
fields, crises have exacerbated over the last decades, manifesting in care gaps, labour
and care migration, and precarious working conditions of care workers, respectively in
overburdening costs due to the transformation of homes into assets, leading to
gentrification and segregation. Despite being seldomly investigated together, care and
housing as well as their related crises are co-constitutive.
From the 1990s onwards, two simultaneous tendencies can be observed in European care
regimes and housing systems. On the one hand, neoliberal reforms have aimed at
privatisation, commodification, marketisation, and financialisaton. This has rearranged
welfare states, promoting variegated forms of capitalism. Allegedly singular events like the
global financial crisis, subsequent austerity measures, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the
current cost of living crisis have furthermore deepened structural problems of access and
affordability. This has led to increasing socioeconomic and spatial polarisations as well as
social inequalities in the relations of gender, race, and class. On the other hand, these
developments have transformed the provision of care and housing into a contested terrain
leading to labour disputes and struggles, such as care protests, or initiatives for
expropriating institutional investors. The wide range of community-based or infrastructural
projects has to be seen against the backdrop of the increasing search for alternative care
and housing provision. On top of that, rapid technological developments and climate
change further accelerate the reorganisation of care and housing arrangements and
practices built up by all parties involved in both contested fields.

Given these multiple transformations, the conference “Transformative Change in the Contested Fields of Care and Housing in Europe” seeks to analyse the contemporary developments in care regimes and housing systems and respective configurations of care
and housing. 

If you wish to participate, you can do so under the Link below by November 30th.
The Conference will take place in Linz from December 4th to December 6th, 2023.