Dr Thilo Lang

Head of the Department for Regional Geography of Europe and oordinator of the research area “The production of space: polarisation and peripheralisation”


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)


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

Research projects

Hidden Champions  - Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions  
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)  - Marie Curie research and training network 
Industrial Heritage, Cultural Resources of Current Industries and Creative Pioneers – InduCult2.0  - Utilizing Industrial Culture in Central Europe 
Peripheral but global: World market leaders outside of agglomerations  - Project A2 – Collaborative Research Centre "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition" (SFB 1199) 

Completed research projects

  • Socio-economic and Political Responses to Regional Polarisation in Central and Eastern Europe – RegPol²  [completed 12/2017]
  • Leipzig 2030 – open-minded, sustainable, growing  [completed 03/2016]
  • Re-Turn  [completed 07/2014]
  • Mobility and labour market interdependencies in the EURES-TriRegio-Region  [completed 04/2014]
  • Pre-IBA 2020  [completed 06/2011]
  • Innovative Cohesion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe (iCope)  [completed 01/2011]


Automatically generated list of publications from the electronic catalog of the library.
Lang, Thilo
Learning by doing : Herausforderungen und Methoden transnational vergleichender Forschung. -
In: Ins Feld und zurück - Praktische Probleme qualitativer Forschung in der Sozialgeographie / Frank Meyer, Judith Miggelbrink, Kristine Beurskens (Hrsg.). - Berlin : Springer Spektrum, [2018], Seite 45-53
Lang, Thilo / Haunstein, Stefan
Wachsende regionale Polarisierung in Europa. -
In: Nationalatlas aktuell/ 11 (27.09.2017) 8. - 11 (27.09.2017) 8
Kühn, Manfred / Lang, Thilo
Metropolisierung und Peripherisierung in Europa : eine Einführung. -
In: Europa regional/ 23.2015 (2017) 4. - Metropolisierung und Peripherisierung in Europa. - 2017, Seite 2-14
Lang, Thilo
Urban decline, resilience, and change : understanding how cities and regions adapt to socio-economic crises. -
In: Cities in crisis : socio-spatial impacts of the economic crisis in Southern European cities; [result of the International Conference 'Cities in Crisis', held in Hamburg on 5 and 6 December 2013] / ed. by Jörg Knieling and Frank Othengrafen. - London [u.a.] : Routledge, 2016. - (Regions and cities ; 90), 296-309
Nadler, Robert / Lang, Thilo / Glorius, Birgit / Kovács, Zoltán
Conclusions: current and future perspectives on return migration and regional development in Europe. -
In: Return migration and regional development in Europe : mobility against the stream / Robert Nadler, Zoltán Kovács, Birgit Glorius, Thilo Lang, Editors. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. - (New geographies of Europe), Seite 359-376
Lang, Thilo / Glorius, Birgit / Nadler, Robert / Kovács, Zoltán
Introduction: mobility against the stream? New concepts, methodological approaches and regional perspectives on return migration in Europe. -
In: Return migration and regional development in Europe : mobility against the stream / Robert Nadler, Zoltán Kovács, Birgit Glorius, Thilo Lang, Editors. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. - (New geographies of Europe), Seite 1-22
Nadler, Robert (Hrsg.) / Kovács, Zoltán (Hrsg.) / Glorius, Birgit (Hrsg.) / Lang, Thilo (Hrsg.)
Return migration and regional development in Europe : mobility against the stream. -
London, Palgrave Macmillan. xxiv, 385 Seiten (New geographies of Europe)
Plöger, Jörg / Lang, Thilo
Die Resilienz industriell geprägter Städte : Anpassung an Strukturkrisen in Bremen und Leipzig. -
In: Multidisziplinäre Perspektiven der Resilienzforschung / Rüdiger Wink (Hrsg.). - Wiesbaden : Springer, 2016. - (Studien zur Resilienzforschung), Seite 357-372
Lang, Thilo
Socio-economic and political responses to regional polarisation and socio-spatial peripheralisation in Central and Eastern Europe : a research agenda. -
In: Hungarian geographical bulletin/ 64 (2015) 3. - Special issue on Peripheral inequalities / edited by Erika Nagy. - 2015, Seite 171-185
Ehrlich, Kornelia / Henn, Sebastian / Hörschelmann, Kathrin / Lang, Thilo / Miggelbrink, Judith / Sgibnev, Wladimir
Understanding new geographies of Central and Eastern Europe. -
In: Understanding geographies of polarization and peripheralization : perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and beyond / ed. by Thilo Lang .... - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. - (New geographies of Europe), S. 1 - 21
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Dr. Thilo Lang
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-159