Broadening horizons, Changing perspectives

Practices of knowledge transfer outside of agglomerations

Within the scope of a collaborative project, the IfL will be analyses innovation processes and practices of knowledge transfer of actors located outside of agglomerations. The study includes perspectives of companies as well as of research institutions and scientists involved in transfer activities. The aim of the project is to characterise innovation activities occuring in rural regions and to identify differences in innovation processes and transfer practices as compared to urban agglomerations. Additionally, the project sheds light on the preferences and spatial images of scientists as well as actors involved in cooperative projects and examines their significance for developing new instruments of knowledge transfer. The focus is on institutional knowledge transfer and formalised cooperation projects in contrast to informal knowledge exchange between individuals.

The project is part of the collaborative project "Broadening Horizons, Changing Perspectives", which develops strategies to promote the transfer of scientific research results into rural regions. Prior to this, cooperation between research, business, civil society and the public sector will be systematically examined.


Lang, Thilo / Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas (2019): Innovationsräume. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. 36 S. (Dialektik des Globalen – Kernbegriffe; 11)

Graffenberger, Martin / Vonnahme, Lukas / Brachert, Matthias / Lang, Thilo (2019): Broadening perspectives: innovation outside of agglomerations. In: Innovation-based regional change in Europe: chances, risks and policy implications. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, pp. 47–64. Full tex

Graffenberger Martin (2019): Großstadt top! Kleinstadt Flop? Zur Zentrumsfixierung in gängigen Innovationsdebatten. Unternehmen Region 1/2019, pp. 38–40. Full text

Project information

Project team

Thilo Lang, Martin Graffenberger


Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation (CeRRI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Division of Economics of Agricultural Cooperatives

Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (INT)

Institute for Social Innovation (ISInova)

Duration of project

03/2017 – 02/2020

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF)

Further information

Dr. Thilo Lang
Tel. +49 341 600 55-159


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