Simon Guentner is a Professor of Spatial Sociology at Technische Universität Wien and Head of the Research Unit Sociology. He holds a Diploma in Social Sciences and Social Work, an MSc in International Urban Planning and a PhD in Sociology. From 2006-2009 he held the position of Senior Policy Officer for Social Affairs at EUROCITIES, the network of Europe’s large cities, based in Brussels, from 2009-2018, he was a Professor of Social Sciences and Social Policy at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. His main areas of work include urban development, migration and poverty. In numerous transnational projects, he developed and applied interactive and participative research methods.