Dr Richard Lang

Dr Richard Lang

School of Social Policy
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Richard Lang is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Policy. He is also an Associate Member of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM). Between January 2015 and January 2017, Richard was Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow in and Acting Head of the Housing and Communities Research Group in the School of Social Policy.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Socioeconomics, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, with a semester at KU Leuven (2012)
  • Masters in Economics and Business, Johannes Kepler University Linz (2004)

Biography

In his recent Marie Curie Fellowship project, Richard examined the (re-)emergence of collaborative and community-led housing models in England and Austria, such as Housing Co-operatives, Community Land Trusts, Self-help Housing and Co-housing. The study focused on the ability of these housing models to scale up local impact and influence mainstream housing practices. The research was co-funded by an APART-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

Richard first joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a William Plowden Research Fellow within the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), co-funded by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). In his Plowden fellowship, he explored the potential that co-operative housing governance offers for effective localism and sustainable community building. 

Previously, Richard was a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute for Co-operation and Co-operatives, and Assistant Professor at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. 

Apart from collaborative housing, Richard’s research interests further include social enterprises and social innovation in urban and regional development. Richard has carried out and coordinated several research and knowledge transfer projects in these fields, such as on the role of co-operative housing for social cohesion, funded by the City of Vienna (2011-2013). 

He has published several contributions to international conferences and peer-reviewed journals, such as European Planning Studies, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Rural Studies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Voluntas.

Teaching

  • Sectors and Services in British Social Policy 2016/17
  • Housing and Communities: Issues in Housing Policy 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, Social Policy BA

Research

Other activities

Contributions to and Convenorships at International Conferences with Peer-Review (since 2015)

  • Debates around 'caring' in collaborative housing: Evidence from the literature (with Czischke, D., Carriou, C.), European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, 26.-29.06.2018
  • Collaborative Housing (with Czischke, D., Carriou, C.), Workshop Convenorship at European Network of Housing Research ENHR Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, 26.-29.06.2018
  • Collaborative Housing (with Czischke, D., Carriou, C.), Workshop Convenorship at European Network of Housing Research ENHR Conference, Tirana, Albania, 04.-06.09.2017
  •  Collaborative housing research (1990–2015): A systematic review and thematic analysis of the field (with Carriou, C., Czischke, D.), European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Tirana, Albania, 04.-06.09.2017
  • Linking social capital in (re-)gaining legitimacy of non-profit organizational models: The case of community-led housing in England (with Kibler, E., Mullins, D.), 33rd EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 06.-08.07.2017
  • Cooperative Social Enterprises in western industrialized countries (with Göler von Ravensburg, N., Poledrini, S., Starnawska, M.), 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 03.-06.07.2017
  • Critical Perspectives on Alternate Models of Entrepreneurial Organising Social Innovation and the De-Growth economy (with Claeyé, F., Dey, P., Teasdale, S.), Stream Convenorship at the 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies (CMS), Liverpool, UK, 03.-05.07.2017
  • The co-operative identity of collaborative housing models in Austria, 16th International Conference on Cooperative Studies (IGT/ICCS), Lucerne, Switzerland, 14.-16.9.2016
  • Social Enterprise Models in Austria: A contextual approach to understand an ambiguous concept (with Anastasiadis, M.), 12th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Stockholm, Sweden, 28.06.-01.07.2016
  • The power of vertical intermediaries: Introducing a multi-level network perspective to research on collaborative housing (with Mullins, D.), European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Belfast, UK, 28.06.-01.07.2016
  • How to be affordable without being cheap: Social innovations as an imperative for affordable housing (with Gruber, E.), European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Belfast, UK, 28.06.-01.07.2016
  • Social entrepreneurs as change agents in regional development: The role of linking social capital (with Fink, M.), Regional Studies Association (RSA) Annual Conference, Graz, Austria, 03.-06.04.2016
  • The Role of Partnerships in Community-led Housing in England (with Sacranie, H.), 7th International Conference on Economics and Management of Networks (EMNet), Cape Town, South Africa, 03.-05.12.2015
  • Co-operative Housing Governance and Social Capital Building: The Case of Vienna, (with Jones, T.), 7th International Conference on Economics and Management of Networks (EMNet), Cape Town, South Africa, 03.-05.12.2015
  • Community-led housing in England: The emergence of a field? (with Mullins, D.), International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment Conference (RC43), Chicago, IL, USA, 17.-19.9.2015
  • Exploring Civil Society, Voluntary and Not-For-Profit Organisations as a Crucible for Creative Alternative, Democratic Imaginaries (with King, D, Claeyé, F., Eikenberry, A., Maier, F., Schwabenland, C., Tomlinson, F., Hull, R.), Stream Convenorship at the 9th International Conference in Critical Management Studies (CMS), University of Leicester, UK, 07.-10.07.2015
  • The role of the local institutional context in understanding community-led housing models (with Stoeger, H.), European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 28.06.-01.07.2015 

Invited Talks

  • Organiser and (Plenary) Speaker at the conference Hope for Housing – the rebirth of Community-Led Housing, University of Birmingham, UK, July 9th, 2018
  • Speaker at Research Seminar of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Social Innovations in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: How Social Entrepreneurs Address Social Challenges, (with Fink, M.), Kolding, Denmark, March 19th, 2018.
  • Speaker at Housing and Communities Research Group (HCRG) Network Seminar Collaborative Housing and the Mobilisation of Linking Social Capital: findings from an international study, University of Birmingham, UK, January 16th, 2017
  • Speaker at Research Seminar of the Faculty of Behavioural, Management & Social Sciences (NIKOS), University of Twente, Understanding the emergence and dynamics of social enterprise fields: The case of community-led housing in England, Enschede, The Netherlands, November 15th, 2016.
  • Speaker at Architectural Institute of Japan, Collaborative Housing and Social Capital: A Comparative Study between England and Austria, Tokyo, Japan, 23.10.2017
  • Speaker at workshop series Tenant Involvement in Governance – where next for Northern Ireland?, The Austrian Model: Building participation into the development process Workshops on Tenant Involvement in Governance – where next for Northern Ireland?, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, October 19th 2016, and October 20th, 2016, Belfast Castle, Northern Ireland.
  • Invited Speaker at Future of Social Housing Conference, How Vienna's Developer Competition stimulates innovation and collaborative housing, International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham, UK, June 6th 2016.
  • Invited Speaker at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Enabling Social Innovations in Co-operative Housing: Sharing Experiences from Vienna, University of Loughborough, UK, May 13th 2016.
  • Invited Speaker at the ESRC Seminar Series Ways of Neighbourhood Knowing and Working, Collaborative housing and community building: The Austrian experience, University of Bristol, UK, April 22nd 2016.
  • Speaker at Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Real Localism Through Co-operative Governance? The Role and Prospects for Community-led Housing in England, Cambridge, UK, April 27th, 2015
  • Speaker at ESRC Seminar Series The Big Society, Localism and Housing Policy, “Co-operative housing in Austria: social innovation 'from above'”, University of St Andrews, UK, March 13th, 2014.
  • William Plowden Fellowship Lecture, Bringing real localism into practice through co-operative housing governance: The role and prospects of community-led housing in England, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London, UK, September 12th, 2013.
  • Speaker at Housing and Communities Research Group (HCRG) Seminar Series Putting the social back into Housing - learning from Localism, “Linking Social Capital in Housing Cooperatives: The Case of Vienna”, University of Birmingham, UK, May 7th, 2013.

Publications

2018

Lang, R., Fink, M. (2018) Rural social entrepreneurship: The role of social capital within and across institutional levels. Journal of Rural Studies, 1-17, DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.03.012

Lang, R, Stoeger, H (2018). The role of the local institutional context in understanding collaborative housing models: Empirical evidence from Austria. The International Journal of Housing Policy, 18(1), 35-54.

2017

Fink, M., Lang, R. and Richter, R. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship in Marginalised Rural Europe: Towards Evidence-Based Policy for Enhanced Social Innovation. Regions Magazine, 306(1), 6-10.

2016

Anastasiadis, M and Lang, R (2016) Social Enterprise in Austria: A contextual approach to understand an ambiguous concept, ICSEM Working Papers, No. 26, Liege: The International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project.

Fink, M., Hatak, I., Lang, R., Maresch, D. (2016). Entrepreneurship research without passion: Let’s fall in love again. In A. Fayolle, P. Riot (Eds), Rethinking Entrepreneurship: Debating Research Orientations. (pp 171-178). London: Routledge.

Fink M., Maresch D., Hatak I., Lang R. (2016). Entrepreneurship Research with Passion: A Note on the Aesthetics of Basic Research. In H. H. Landström, A. Parhankangas, A. Fayolle, P. Riot (Eds), Challenging Entrepreneurship Research. (pp 19-34). London: Routledge.

Hatak, I., Lang, R., Roessl, D. (2016). Trust, Social Capital, and the Coordination
of Relationships Between the Members of Cooperatives: A Comparison Between Member-Focused Cooperatives and Third-Party-Focused CooperativesVoluntas,  27(3), 1218-1241.

Lang, R. (2016) Review of "Hybridising housing organisations: Meaning, concepts and processes of social enterprise in housing", ed. by David Mullins, Darinka Czischke and Gerard van Bortel. Voluntary Sector Review, 7(3), 333-334

Lang, R, Stoeger, H (2016). The role of the local institutional context in understanding collaborative housing models: Empirical evidence from Austria. The International Journal of Housing Policy.

Lang, R. (2016). The Co-operative Identity of Collaborative Housing Models in Austria. In F. Taisch, A. Jungmeister, H. Gernet (Eds), Genossenschaftliche Identität und Wachstum – Cooperative Identity and Growth, (pp. 84-93). St. Gallen, Switzerland: Verlag Raiffeisen Schweiz. ISBN 9783033057821.

2015

Gittins, T., Lang, R., Sass, M. (2015). The effect of return migration driven social capital on SME internationalisationReview of Managerial Science, 9(2), 385-409.

Kibler, E., Fink, M., Lang, R., Muñoz, P. (2015). Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 3, 24-29.

Lang, R. (2015). The Mobilisation of Linking Social Capital in Community-led Housing in England. In R. Andeßner, D. Greiling, M. Gmür, L. Theuvsen (eds.), Ressourcenmobilisierung durch Nonprofit-Organisationen, Theoretische Grundlagen, empirische Ergebnisse und Anwendungsbeispiele, (pp. 512-522). Linz: Trauner.

Lang, R., Mullins, D. (2015). Bringing real localism into practice through co-operative housing governance. The role and prospects for community-led housing in England. Housing and Communities Research Group WP1-2015. University of Birmingham.

2014

Lang, R., Novy, A. (2014). Cooperative Housing and Social Cohesion: The Role of Linking Social Capital. European Planning Studies, 22(8), 1744-1764.

Lang, R., Fink M., Kibler, E. (2014). Understanding Place-Based Entrepreneurship in Rural Central Europe: A Comparative Institutional Analysis. International Small Business Journal, 32(2), 204-227.

Reiner, E., Lang, R., Roessl, D. (2014). Citizen-based Co-operatives in the Field of Renewable Energy. In T. Mazzarol, S. Reboud, E.M. Limnios, D. Clark (eds.), Research Handbook on Sustainable Co-operative Enterprise, Edward Elgar, pp. 496-511.

2013

Fink M., Lang R., Harms R. (2013). Local responses to global technological change: Contrasting restructuring practices in two rural communities in AustriaTechnological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(2), 243-252.

Lang, R., Roessl, D. (eds.) (2013). The Governance of Co-operative Housing: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives, International Journal of Co-operative Management, 6(2), Special Issue.

Lang, R. (2013). Social Sustainability in Cooperative Housing. In Widmann, H. (ed.), Smart City, Schmid, pp. 67-74. ISBN: 978-3-900607-51-7.

Lang, R., Roessl, D., Weismeier-Sammer, D. (2013). Co-operative Governance of Public-Citizen Partnerships: Two Diametrical Participation Modes. In L. Gnan, A. Hinna, F. Monteduro (eds.), Studies in Public and Non-profit Governance, Vol. 1, Emerald, pp. 227-246.

2012

Fink, M., Loidl, St., Lang, R. (2012). Community-Based Entrepreneurship and Rural Development. Regional Studies Book Series. Routledge.

2011

Lang, R., Roessl, D. (2011). Contextualizing the Governance of Community Co-operatives: Evidence from Austria and Germany. Voluntas, 22(4), pp. 706-730.

Lang, R., Roessl, D. (2011). The Role of Social Capital in the Development of Community-Based Co-operatives. In M. Tuunanen, J. Windsperger, G. Cliquet, G. Hendrikse (eds.), New Developments in the Theory of Networks, Physica, pp. 353-370.

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