Christian Obermayr

Cities – Urbanization – Governance – Global South – Housing – Policies – Slums – Informality – Indonesia

About me

I am a Geographer, PhD-candidate and assistant professor at the Institute of Geography of the University of Innsbruck (Austria). As a member of the working group development studies and sustainability research (AGEF), I created this page to share knowledge and information about my research on cities, housing, policies, informality and governance in developing countries. Besides my own publications, I post also other news, press reports and interesting things from the web on urban development and housing.

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Christian Obermayr
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Geography
Innrain 52f, Room 60607
6020 Innsbruck, Austria

+43 (0)512 507 54052

Research Interests

Urban Geography, Development Studies, Sustainability, Urban Governance, Informal Sector & Informal Settlements, Housing Policy;

Regions: Southeast Asia, South America, Indonesia, Austria

Further Interests: Neoliberalism, Resilience, Transitions

Dissertation Topic (working title): Sustainable urban development in Indonesia? Innovative governance approaches for coping with marginal settlements.


Obermayr, C. & Sandholz, S. (2017): Participatory Resettlements in Surakarta, Indonesia. Changing Livelihoods for the Better or the Worse? In: TRIALOG, 126/127, pp. 43-50. [link]

Coy, M., Ruiz Peyré, F. and Obermayr, C. (2017): South American resourcescapes: gepgraphical perspectives and conceptual challenges. In: Die Erde, 148 (2-3), pp. 93–110. DOI: 10.12854/erde-148-41 [link]

Höferl, K.-M., Obermayr, C. and Sandholz, S. (2017): Urban Resilience in Indonesia – Discussion and conclusions. In: Höferl, K.-M. & Sandholz, S. (eds.): Urban Resilience in Indonesia. Assessing and Evaluating Development Strategies in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Studienkreis für Geographie (inngeo – Innsbrucker Materialien zur Geographie, 17), pp. 200–204. [link]

Obermayr, C. (2017): Sustainable City Management – Informal Settlements in Surakarta, Indonesia. Cham: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49418-0 [link]

Obermayr, C. & Astuti, W. (2016): Paradigm Shifts in the International Housing Debate and Local Implications on Surakarta’s Approaches on Housing the Poor. In: Rachmawati, R., Pomeroy, G. & Mookherjee, D. (Eds.): Rapid Urbanization and Sustainable Development in Asia. The 13th International Asian Urbanization Conference Proceedings, pp. 571-580. Yogyakarta: Badan Penerbit Fakultas Geografi, Universitas Gadjah Mada. [link]

Obermayr, C. (2013): Sustainable City Management in Surakarta (Indonesia). Dealing with Informal Settlements – an Example for ‘Good Governance’? Master thesis. University of Innsbruck.

Obermayr, C. (2013): Anzeichen für eine nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung in Indonesien? Der Umgang mit dem informellen Sektor und Slumsiedlungen in Surakarta. In: Südostasien, 29 (1), pp. 35–37.

Obermayr, C. (2011): Gletscherskigebiete im öffentlichen Diskurs. Die Beispiele Kaunertal – Stubaital – Ötztal. In: Scharr, K. & Steinicke, E. (eds.): Tourismus und Gletscherschigebiete in Tirol. Eine vergleichende geographische Analyse. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, pp. 15–20.

Heimann, F. & Obermayr, C. (2011): Gletscherdestination Pitztal. In: Scharr, K. & Steinicke, E. (eds.): Tourismus und Gletscherschigebiete in Tirol. Eine vergleichende geographische Analyse. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, pp. 103–133.