Dr Thilo Lang

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


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 interdisciplinary project Smart City – Smart Region – Smart Community (ERDF OP Czech Republic)

Advisory Board Member of the JPI Urban Europe Project Bright Future

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


Innovative technology enterprises at unusual locations in Central Asia and Africa
Local democracy in small and medium-sized cities under the conditions of peripheralization
Broadening horizons, Changing perspectives
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)

Completed projects

Hidden Champions – Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions
Industrial Heritage, Cultural Resources of Current Industries and Creative Pioneers – InduCult2.0
Peripheral but global: World market leaders outside of agglomerations
Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe – RegPol²
Mobility and labour market interdependencies in the EURES-TriRegio-Region
Pre-IBA 2020 - Focus: conceptional contributions to an IBA 2020
Innovative Cohesion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe (iCope)
Leipzig 2030 – open-minded, sustainable, growing


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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)
Görmar, Franziska / Lang, Thilo
Acting peripheries: an introduction. -
In: ACME [Elektronische Ressource]: an international e-journal for critical geographies. - Victoria, British Columbia. ISSN: 1492-9732, Seite 486-495
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)
Lang, Thilo
Peripherie / Peripherisierung. -
In: Handwörterbuch der Stadt- und Raumentwicklung, Band 3: M-R. - Hannover: Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, Seite 1687-1692
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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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