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)


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


Local democracy in small and medium-sized cities under the conditions of peripheralization
Hidden Champions – Stabilisation and development factors of small towns in peripheral regions
Horizonte erweitern, Perspektiven ändern
Social entrepreneurship in structurally weak rural areas: innovative troubleshooters in action (RurAction)
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
Innovative Cohesion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe (iCope)
Leipzig 2030 – open-minded, sustainable, growing


Automatically generated list of publications from the electronic catalog of the library.
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
Lang, Thilo / Schuster, Veronika
(September 2017)
Peripher gelegen, global agierend : warum es nicht immer auf die Lage ankommt, um weltweit erfolgreich zu sein : [Interview]. -
In: Kultur und Management im Dialog, September 2017, 126, Seite 18-21
Kühn, Manfred / Lang, Thilo
Metropolisierung und Peripherisierung in Europa : eine Einführung. -
In: Europa regional / Metropolisierung und Peripherisierung in Europa, 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]. - London [u.a.]: Routledge, 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. - London: Palgrave Macmillan, Seite 359-376
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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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