Since 2006 Rudolf Giffinger is Head of the Centre of Urban and Regional Research in the Department of Spatial Planning at TU Wien. As a Full Professor of Regional Science his main fields in research and teaching are urban development and strategic advice of urban development policy, smart city issues, international urbanisation and metropolitan development. Recently, his main topic in research is on smart positioning of cities in the European urban system as well as on energy efficient urban development.
He is co-editor of the German speaking journal ‘FORUM Raumplanung’ (since 2000) and the series ‘Jahrbuch Raumplanung’ (since 2013). Since 2013 he is member of the Senate at TU Wien and official member of the council for Environmental Matters of the City of Vienna. Main publications are concentrating on urban and metropolitan development and Smart City issues.