The key objective of this project is to develop and analyse pathways towards full de-carbonisation and assuring inclusive and affordable housing for the Austrian housing sector by effective policy interventions.
Affordability primarily refers to monetary factors such as the ratio between household income and housing expenditure. Therefore, the project will focus on the economic structures of housing provision and the driving factors, including the involved social actors. Inclusiveness also considers non-monetary locational factors.
We combine various scientific disciplines and approaches: (1) techno-economic bottom-up modelling of building stock and related energy demand and energy system analysis, (2) critical political economy, and (3) political science are combined with (4) transdisciplinary methods, i.e. the active involvement of stakeholders in the research process. The latter is strengthened by a close link to the target group of municipal and regional policy makers. We made sure that the Austrian Climate Alliance (Klimabündnis Österreich) will strongly support this process.
The outcomes of this interdisciplinary project are informative for policy makers on different levels (local, regional, national). Since technical aspects of housing decarbonisation are discussed within their social context, policy makers are supported in formulating effective decarbonisation policies, which also consider affordability and social inclusion.
The combination of technical data with social aspects of housing shows possibilities for further research on these issues. The project does not only make significant contributions to existing theoretical debates, but displays how theory can be applied for empirical, interdisciplinary research.