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 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:
Cebotari, Sorin / Hanell, Tomas (Verfasser/-in) / Lang, Thilo (Verfasser/-in)
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. - London: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 369-382
Raagmaa, Garri / Nagy, Erika (Verfasser/-in) / Görmar, Franziska (Verfasser/-in) / Lang, Thilo (Verfasser/-in)
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. - London: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 345-367
Görmar, Franziska / Lang, Thilo (Verfasser/-in) / Nagy, Erika (Verfasser/-in) / Raagmaa, Garri (Verfasser/-in)
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. - London: 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. -
London, Palgrave Macmillan. 382 Seiten (New geographies of Europe)
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
Wust, Andreas / Lang, Thilo / Haunstein, Stefan
(31 May 2017)
Strategic potential of industrial culture for regional development : InduCult2.0 : framework paper. -
Leipzig, Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde. 21 Seiten
Vonnahme, Lukas / Lang, Thilo
Rethinking territorial innovation : world market leaders outside of agglomerations. -
Leipzig, SFB 1199. 31 Seiten (Working paper series des SFB 1199 an der Universität Leipzig ; 6)
Lang, Thilo / Török, Ibolya
Metropolitan region policies in the European Union : following national, European or neoliberal agendas?. -
In: International planning studies, 22 (2017-00-00), 1, Seite 1-13
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Dr. Thilo Lang
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-159

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