Martin Graffenberger



11/2015 – 04/2016: Research stay in Tartu, Estonia (in the framework of the RegPol2 project)

At the IfL since 2014

2013–2014: Research assistant at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), University of East Anglia

2012–2013: Postgraduate courses in Technology Management, The Open University (UK)

2010–2012: Non-academic position in the online retail industry in Norwich (UK)

2009–2010: Research assistant at the Fraunhofer Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ) in Leipzig

2004–2009: Studies in Economic Geography, RWTH Aachen University

Research interests

Innovation-oriented regional development, peripheralisation processes, demographic change
Regional focus: Central and Eastern Europe


Local democracy in small and medium-sized cities under the conditions of peripheralization
Broadening horizons, Changing perspectives

Completed projects

Hidden Champions – Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions
Relational perspectives on innovation activities of firms from peripheral regions
Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe – RegPol²


Lang, Thilo / Görmar, Franziska / Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas / Porsche, Lars (Mitwirkende/-r)
Hidden Champions und Stadtentwicklung : die wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Bedeutung innovativer Unternehmen für Kleinstädte in peripherer Lage. -
Bonn, Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung. 63 Seiten
Lang, Thilo / Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas
Innovationsräume. -
Berlin, De Gruyter Oldenbourg. 36 Seiten (Dialektik des Globalen - Kernbegriffe ; 11)
Reidolf, Merli / Graffenberger, Martin
How local resources shape innovation and path developmenr in rural regions : insights from rural Estonia. -
In: Journal of entrepreneurship, management and innovation (JEMI), 15 (2019), 3, Seite 131-162
Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas
Questioning the 'periphery label' in economic geography : entrepreneurial action and innovation in South Estonia. -
In: ACME [Elektronische Ressource]: an international e-journal for critical geographies. - Victoria, British Columbia. ISSN: 1492-9732, Seite 529-550
Graffenberger, Martin
Großstadt top! Kleinstadt Flop? : Zur Zentrumsfixierung in gängigen Innovationsdebatten. -
In: Unternehmen Region, 2019, 1, Seite 38-40
Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas / Brachert, Matthias / Lang, Thilo
Broadening perspectives : innovation outside of agglomerations. -
In: Innovation-based regional change in Europe: chances, risks and policy implications. - Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, Seite 47-68
Graffenberger, Martin
Bypassing structural shortcomings : innovative firms in peripheral regions. -
In: Regional and local development in times of polarisation: re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. - Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 287-317
Vonnahme, Lukas / Graffenberger, Martin / Görmar, Franziska / Lang, Thilo
Kaum beachtet, gemeinsam stark : versteckte Potenziale von Kleinstädten mit Hidden Champions. -
In: Informationen zur Raumentwicklung / Kleinstädte: Chancen, Dynamiken, Potenziale, Seite 38-49
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Martin Graffenberger
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-187

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