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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-10-01 - 2021-11-30

The research project "Mentoring for Women in Forestry" investigates how women can be strengthened in the Austrian forestry sector and applies a mentoring programme in the form of a pilot mentoring round. The aim of the mentoring programme is to encourage women establish themselves in the traditionally male-dominated forestry and timber sector and to motivate them to actively enrich this sector after their training and education. The mentoring programme aims to teach the informal and implicit rules of the industry, introduce them to existing networks and give practical tips on how to achieve professional goals. Therefore, the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) is initiating an exclusive women's mentoring round with high-ranking representatives and experts of the industry to show 15 women new perspectives within the chosen area of interest. The project is a collaboration between the Institute for Landscape Planning (BOKU, Vienna) and the Federal Research Centre for Forests (BFW).
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-02 - 2021-01-01

Construction costs and maintenance costs as the most important inhibiting factors for the large-scale greening of city neighborhoods. These could be significantly reduced by local self-supply. In this context, based on Seestadt Aspern, we determine the contribution of urban food production to a climate-neutral, resilient district and / or how this contribution can be sustainably stabilized or optimized. We evaluate locally practiced forms of urban self-supply and supplement them with international best practice examples, expert assessments and by involving local actors. From this, further system modules are developed, which are then projected onto local potentials. The project correlates spatial and technical potentials for greening measures and urban food production with social capital, in order to show what requirements and incentives "operators" of an edible district need. We show how Aspern Seestadt and other neighborhoods can be transformed into a sustainable district in a cost-efficient and resource-efficient manner by synergizing existing infrastructure, climate-friendly urban development, local resilience, citizen involvement and education, networking and local supply as well as long-term economic efficiency interact.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-09-01 - 2021-02-28

Cities are facing an ever faster change in their population, their needs and thus the requiements and demands on the city. Social change processes and the global trend towards urbanization, as well as the current migration pressures on European cities are increasingly posing a major challenge to responding to the processes of change in urban planning. Although gender issues are considered important in some cities, they are often disregarded in planning practice due to the many other issues and the time and money spent on spatial research (especially in smaller and medium-sized cities). The project "SmartThroughGender+" develops solutions for this. Many topics, such as demographic change, consolidation, supply with (green) infrastructure, require an intensive and differentiated examination of the demands of the different groups, as well as the derivation of measures for gender-equitable urban planning. The project takes into account that gender is always overlaid (intersectionality) with other characteristics (such as age, origin, education and occupation, religion, etc.). Therefore, an extended gender term (gender+) is used in the project. Traditional planning tools, such as local development concepts, have difficulty coping with the rapid changes and aligning goals and measures with long review periods. Digital planning tools for the analysis of social-spatial structures and the simulation of measures and their effects are increasingly being used in analysis and planning. At present, these instruments mostly lack integration of gender- and group-specific aspects. Inthe project "SmartThroughGender+" exactly these gender+ aspects are to be integrated into a tool set to support urban planning. The overall objective of the project is a Proof of Concept of this toolset consisting of (quantitative) digital analysis and simulation tools as well as (qualitative) instru-ments from urban and landscape planning taking into account gender + specific requirements. On the basis of a case study in the city of Linz, it will be examined how and with the commonly available and available data, indicators and characteristics can be developed which enable a (partially standardized) "rapid assessment" of social and spatial structures, taking into account the gender + approach. This is to identify requirements and areas for action. In order to vali-date, test and clarify the results at the overall level, a qualitative analysis is carried out at district level in which participatory statements are examined and proposals for measures are worked out (combination bottom-up and top-down). Expected result of the project is a 'Proof of Con-cept' for a toolset with a 'Rapid Assessment Toolbox' for social and spatial analysis, as well as the simulation of measures and effects on different population groups. The toolset is supple-mented by a toolbox for in-depth analysis at district level as well as the development of more targeted measures taking into account gender, age and group-specific requirements. The "SmartThroughGender+Toolset" particularly supports smaller and medium-sized cities in the implementation of gender-equitable urban planning.

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