Dr Thilo Lang

Head of the Department for Regional Geography of Europe; head of the research area Multiple geographies of regional and local development

© IfL / Franziska Frenzel


At the IfL since 2009

2006–2009: Project coordinator at ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH

2005–2006: DAAD research fellow at Durham University, Department of Geography

2004: Research stay at the University of Sheffield, Department of Town and Regional Planning

2002–2005: Research assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning

1996–2002: Studies in spatial and environmental planning in Kaiserslautern and urban planning in Hamburg (graduated with a degree)


Advisory Board Member of the Department of Excellence Programm 2018–2022 on the topic "Fragile Territories", Politechnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani (since 11/2018)

Member of the State Committee of Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt/Thuringia at the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning – Leibniz Forum for Spatial Sciences

Research interests

Peripheralisation as a multi-level process, innovation outside of conurbations, regional change, transnational comparative urban and regional studies, shrinking cities and regeneration
Regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Eastern Germany, Northern England


Peripheral but global: World market leaders outside of agglomerations
Industrial Heritage, Cultural Resources of Current Industries and Creative Pioneers – InduCult2.0
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)
Hidden Champions – Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions
Local democracy in small and medium-sized cities under the conditions of peripheralization

Completed projects

Pre-IBA 2020 - Focus: conceptional contributions to an IBA 2020
Innovative Cohesion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe (iCope)
Mobility and labour market interdependencies in the EURES-TriRegio-Region
Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe – RegPol²
Leipzig 2030 – open-minded, sustainable, growing


Automatically generated list:
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
Vonnahme, Lukas / Lang, Thilo
Peripher global: Ergebnisse der standardisierten Befragung zu Innovationsaktivitäten von Weltmarktführern in Deutschland. -
Leipzig, Leipziger Universitätsverlag. 46 Seiten (Working paper series des SFB 1199 an der Universität Leipzig ; 18)
Cebotari, Sorin / Hanell, Tomas / Lang, Thilo
Translating scientific results : encouraging reflective policies as a chance for change. -
In: Regional and local development in times of polarisation: re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. - Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 369-382
Raagmaa, Garri / Nagy, Erika / Görmar, Franziska / Lang, Thilo
Understanding and going beyond the regional policy paradox : conceptual contributions to studying socio-spatial polarisation in Europe. -
In: Regional and local development in times of polarisation: re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. - Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 345-367
Görmar, Franziska / Lang, Thilo / Nagy, Erika / Raagmaa, Garri
Re-thinking regional and local policies in times of polarisation : an introduction. -
In: Regional and local development in times of polarisation: re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. - Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 1-25
Lang, Thilo (Herausgeber/-in) / Görmar, Franziska (Herausgeber/-in)
Regional and local development in times of polarisation : re-thinking spatial policies in Europe. -
Singapore, Palgrave Macmillan. xxiv, 382 Seiten (New geographies of Europe)
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
Leick, Birgit / Lang, Thilo
Re-thinking non-core regions : planning strategies and practices beyond growth. -
In: European planning studies / 26 (2018) 2, Seite 213-228
Lang, Thilo
Learning by doing : Herausforderungen und Methoden transnational vergleichender Forschung. -
In: Ins Feld und zurück - Praktische Probleme qualitativer Forschung in der Sozialgeographie. - Berlin: Springer Spektrum, Seite 45-53
Lang, Thilo / Haunstein, Stefan
Wachsende regionale Polarisierung in Europa. -
In: Nationalatlas aktuell / 11 (27.09.2017) 8
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Dr. Thilo Lang
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-159

From April 1 to July 31, 2019, Dr Thilo Lang teaches at the University of Latvia in Riga. During this time, he can only be contacted by e-mail.

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